So just got out of the hospital this is the first time I have ever been intubated. Lucky it was only for about 20 hours, unfortunately didn't have much time to talk to my respirologist as she was gone 2 days after I got there.
Just a couple questions now that I am out of the hospital. Is it true that once you have been intubated with your asthma there is a higher chance it will happen again. What are the chances that I would have to be intubated longer.
Thanks I do see my respirologist in 2 weeks and am to call her if needed. I am just scared.View Thread
I know my spirometery has always been in normal range, however I did badly fail the methacholine challenge. My respirologist is good at going with symptoms then with spirometery. I also live in Canada and am on my 3rd specialist. I wasn't happy with my first one as he did no tests and told me it was all in my head even though i was landing in emerg every 2 weeks. My family doctor sent a referral to a respirologist and I saw that one for 6 months who realized she was unable to help me and sent me to the respirologist who specializes in asthma who I have been seeing for 2 years. If your not happy or don't agree with your specialist you can ask your family doctor to send you to someone else, it may just take time unfortuantely which sucks when you don't feel good. You can also ask your specialist for re-testing mine redoes the pft every 6 months or if I am feeling awful when I go see her. You are right with the ventolin where I go they wait for 15-20 minutes to do the retesting and use 4 puffs of ventolin. And remember to take your peak flows in and show them the values you get, as it does make a difference if your normal is 558. The mucous could have been blocking your bronchioles which may have made you feel better when you coughed it up - what colour was it. If it was green or yellow you may want to mention it because you could have underlying infection. Glad to hear you are feeling better. BreView Thread
I see a pulminologist every 6weeks and have been seeing this one for almost 2 years. A couple times we have gone three months but then I usually end up calling her because I end up having alot of troubles. I have had asthma for 10 years and severe for 3 years. However every doctor and every case is different. It is common for asthmatics to have hyperinflation of the lungs especially if flared. I noted you said it felt like a death sentence had been commuted. I understand your frustrations its not always easy being asthmatic, in fact it sometimes down right sucks. But if you avoid your triggers and take your medications most times you can lead a normal life.
I get headaches frequently, I am told it is a side effect from the medication. I usually use tylenol and find a quiet place to rest ice packs also help sometimes. I am unsure about how to stop them I have gotten used to ignoring them, make sure to drink plenty of water. I also try to avoid caffeine. Hope this helps BreView Thread
Thanks guys, still on the prednisone unfortunately see my respirologist on tuesday so we will see what she has to say. Thanks for the support and prayers I appreciate it. Helps to talk to people who understand. BreView Thread
Thanks guys, back home on usual meds for asthma unfortunately having a lot more side effects with the prednisone so have to follow up with both my specialist and family doctor, not sure what will happen prednisone is the only thing that works well for me. Thanks for the prayer and support appreciate it.
Hey back in hospital again on my second night here however they are combining at this time.
I had done well for 2 weeks oh well.
I don't find too many troubles with the theophylline as I am on so many I can't always decide which goes with what. Still waiting to hear from Hamilton for bronchial thermoplasty.
I was diagnosed at 19 with mild asthma, I never had much trouble with it until I turned 25. I am now 28 and have severe presistant asthma. I am working closely with a respirologist to get it under control. I once asked her why it would get worse like that and she said there could be two reasons 1 something could have changed such as a new house or new stressors in your life at that time which could make it worse or a trigger your exposed to daily and don't notice (I had a new boss who I was not getting along with and had bought a new house also) however since I got a new job and moved it hasn't changed she also said that asthma can have times of remission where it improves and times were it can get worse. That is why often you see kids outgrow it they still have asthma and will often show symptoms later in life.
Are you seeing a specialist, what medication are you on, is it the same lung problem you are running into each month.
I hope you are feeling better soon.