I had the same reaction you did when I was told that I have asthma - "what?" I don't know exactly what your doctors have told you, but mine have named my condition several different things - "Adult Onset Asthma", "Illness Induced Asthma", "Exercise Induced Asthma", "Reactive Airway Disease"... whatever it's called, I've still had to adjust to it. I've been active all my life, and this condition is trying to slow me down. I'm beginning to learn how to work with/around it though.
For instance - I currently have two things in my arsenal to combat the breathing issues - Albuterol, which is a "rescue inhaler" and Flovent, for maintenance at night. I take a puff of Albuterol when my condition seems severe or when I'm about to go into a situation that I know will trigger it - exercise or cold air. The Flovent helps me sleep at night by making it easier to breath and minimizing the wheezing. I've used this approach quite a bit in the past few days and I'm feeling confident that I'm getting a handle on this - finally. Note - another trick I've learned to help my situation is to sleep on a chase lounge - on my back, but more upright than I would on a bed. The incline prevents a lot of the wheezing that I get from laying flat and prevents my need to cough sometimes. I don't always sleep like that, but I've grown used to it and it does help me.
Having talked to the doctors and quite a few people who have had the same condition (here and in my group of friends), I've learned that it's not uncommon and that it sometimes goes away. My doctors seem to think that mine will eventually go away. In the meantime, it can be a little frustrating trying to figure it all out, but you're not alone.
Whatever your doctor doesn't answer, or whatever new question you might have - you should feel confident that the answer will be here somewhere. I've learned a lot from this site and the amazing people who are willing to share.
In the meantime, I pray for your good health.View Thread
Hi. I'm new to this and I seem to have more questions than answers. I'm a couple weeks shy of my 50th birthday, I've been a very light smoker for quite a few years and have been participating in recreational hockey (roller, ice and street) for several years. I've been extremely active my entire life. A few months ago I got a nasty chest cold that lasted maybe a week, then went away. The only residual effect was a lingering cough that I couldn't shake. After about a month of it getting better and worse, but never going away, I went to the doctor and they diagnosed me with walking pneumonia. After a week of taking that medication, things seemed to be getting little better, but then the coughing returned. I went back to the doctor and they gave me more medication. After about a week I started noticing some weezing and shortness of breath - especially in the evenings, so I decided to go to a new doctor. This one told me that I have Adult Onset Asthma caused by an infection. She gave me Azithromicine, Methylprednisolone and Cheratusin for the coughing. I've been on them for 4 days now and I've felt a lot better. I'm still filled with questions though. The key ones being - despite these meds clearing my condition, could I relapse again? How can I be sure that this is asthma and not something else? Will I need to monitor this the rest of my life? I'm just curious and want opinions from others who would know. Thank you.View Thread
A few weeks ago, I posted here saying that my "adult-induced asthma" symptoms were getting better. My doctor had put me on 2 types of steroids, with an emergency inhaler (Pro-Air HFA Albuterol sulfate, which was basically an ornament on the nightstand). When I went back to see her, she changed my diagnosis to "Reactive Airway Disease" and told me that I may be over my symptoms in the next couple weeks. I wasn't concerned what she called it, and loved the diagnosis.
A little over a week after seeing her, I took my son snowboarding. The first night after that, I had a horrible asthmatic fit - coughing and shortness or breath. I used the inhaler and that cleared my breathing significantly, but I felt extremely anxious thereafter (being out of town and in the mountain air didn't help). Early in the morning when I should have used the inhaler again, I wouldn't because I linked it with the anxiety. Anyway - the next day was my son's birthday and I took him on the slopes again. It was a warmer day, so I reasoned that the conditions wouldn't affect me the same. I was right, for the most part. I took a burst from the inhaler before I hit the slopes, then again that night. Things seemed fine.
Unfortunately, the coughing spells have returned a lot since that trip. Again - I'd been taking a puff from the inhaler and was good for 4-6 hours - something I did probably twice a day. Last night I read that if I need to use the inhaler more often than once every couple days, then my "asthma" isn't under control.
Anyway - so now there are a lot of questions going through my head. Have I possibly been misdiagnosed, or does that fact that it had nearly dissipated bode well? Would anyone recommend a maintenance inhaler? Could my trip snowboarding simply have retarded my recovery process? How bad is it for you to use the emergency inhaler too much? Is there something I should be sure to tell the doctor to check when I see her again?
I love this site for the wealth of information from people who know what it's like. Any and all comments/observations are welcome.
Sorry about your condition amcate. I pray that the proper treatment will bring you relief. I've been dealing with this for only a couple months and know how frustrated I've become. I can't imagine how it must feel for you.
Anyway - in my case, the follow-up went well and the doctor said that I may be symptom free in a few weeks. I took my son snowboarding a two weekends ago and it definitely re-aggravated my situation. I've been taking multiple puffs from my rescue inhaler the past few days, which I learned is not a good thing. I will be going back to the doctor the first chance I get. I will ask her if I should consult a pulmonologist also.
In the meantime, I appreciate your input and pray for your healing.View Thread
Thanks Sonya, and amcate too. You both gave me valuable information.
I completed my medications yesterday and feel 100% better than I did a week ago. When I wake up I have mild sporadic/shallow coughing that goes away pretty quickly and I hear some faint wheezing too - but my symptoms go away during the day now, unless I go out into the cold. I'm hoping that Sonya was right and that this was illness induced asthma. I will see my practitioner next week for a follow-up. I will let you know how that goes.