I've had severe asthma now since I was a child, i suffer with roughly 5-6 chest infections a year if not...
Posted by An_257046
I've had severe asthma now since I was a child, i suffer with roughly 5-6 chest infections a year if not more. Since I was 15 my asthma got even worse and for about 3 years I was on a very high dose of steroids and in and out of hospital. I am now off the tablets and only use them for short courses when and if needed. Being on the tablets for so long made me gain weight, but in the last 6 months as I'm better than I have been in years I've managed to lose the weight. But the steriods have left me with awful skin, I'm 18 and feel horrible! my skin in loose and very skin, it looks wrinkly and I have bad stretch marks. I've tried creams and oils and other things and although it may have helped slightly, there's no big improvement. I'm so self conscious and dread the summer because when it's hot I can't cover up, or I will and then overheat where I'm wearing winter clothes basically! I want my skin to look how it should at 18 it's nearly summer, I want to be able to wear nice clothes in the summer, any advice how I can try and fix my disgusting skin?View Thread
I'm wondering how to tell anxiety from what might be the development/re-occurrence of asthma. They have a lot in common: tightness and pain in the chest, shortness of breath, etc. I know I have anxiety. But I'm wondering if I also have asthma. I was diagnosed with it as a kid, but never needed the inhaler they gave me and the symptoms disappeared. That was like...20 years ago. But lately, I'm having chest tightness/pain, shortness of breath when I"m not feeling anxious and goddawful fatigue I just can't shake. I hesitate to ask my doctor, since I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and have thought I've had all kinds of things wrong with me....so I'd feel stupid asking.View Thread
I am 16 years old and I suffered from severe asthma until the age of four. When I was 2 1/2, I had a massive...
Posted by An_256900
I am 16 years old and I suffered from severe asthma until the age of four. When I was 2 1/2, I had a massive asthma attack which lead me to the ER. When I was four, I was told my asthma had gone away. For 12 years everything was fine. Now 16, I have had the same symptoms as when I was younger. Wheezing, extreme shortness of breath, cough and discomfort in my chest and sharp pains. I am becoming increasingly worried about these symptoms as they are identical to previously. As triggers usually cause the return for asthma, I guess it could be the fact that I walk 1 hour a day in a highly pollutioned area (I recently started walking to school). Do you think my asthma is back and any advice is appreciated.View Thread
hi my name is tina, i live in nc , i developed severe asthma about 15 years ago which lasted about 4 years, i was on 3 inhalers a day and still could not breathe, then i moved to the mountains in nc, whithin 6 months i was taking no medicine i moved back home 9 years ago no problems with anything till about 2 months ago, now its back full force, the advair was working some but now i don't think it really is.. and you can't combat what you cant see or know triggers you, someone suggested seeing a asthma specialist for skin testing ..has anyone had that work? i've read many many post here and they all seem neg,has anyone has things that actually helped their asthma?View Thread
I've had chest pain for as long as I can remember. As a child, I thought it was normal to randomly hurt after no physical strain whatsoever. The pain radiates from beneath my breast to my back and feels very restricting. When I breathe deeply, it hurts so badly that I can't help but gasp. I feel short of breath, but that's probably just because it hurts too damn bad to breathe any way but shallowly. It comes and goes, sometimes only lasting for a few seconds, but hurting so badly I can't move my upper torso. Other times, it lasts for hours, and can be extremely painful or just a dull irritation.
I do have asthma, exercise, allergy, and stress induced, because my lungs hate me. I take precautions when I exercise, slowing down the second I hear wheezing. I had sinus surgery to help with my breathing, which has been absolutely amazing, but it doesn't help with any of the lung stuff. It tends to surface with just shortness of breath and a tiny bit of wheezing, with the attacks being few and far between. I take Advair and Claritin/Zyrtec, which seems to reduce my symptoms each year by about half, but my chest pain still makes me miserable.
I have been hospitalized, examined by several very good doctors, and put through multiple tests. No one can figure out the source of the problem. One of my doctors believed that I had pleurisy from an asthma cough, but my cough is not often enough to cause this much chest pain. My most recent asthma doctor told me it doesn't sound like asthma and told me to tell my PCP. My PCP got worried I had a clot and sent me to the hospital. My lungs looked fine through all the tests. The only test they worried about was the lung function test, which I failed miserably. When they couldn't get a good reading, the nurse just told me that I probably don't have much in the way of lung capacity.
I was just curious if anyone was experiencing what I am, and if they have any suggestions. I'm not going back to the doctor, since 5 doctors couldn't find anything and I'm still stuck paying the bills. Please, any suggestions would be great.View Thread
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