Hi Rachel, Hope you are feeling more relaxed and breathing easier today. I too can feel the asthma before a stethescope can pick it up. The Dr. said that I am actually feeling the begining of bronchospasms before they are audible. I was always sent home with "no wheezing" until I got really bad and it did that really quickly. The Dr. that told me the above recognized what was happening because HE was an asthmatic! When the breathing is tightened, our natural reflex is to respond with alarm in order to preserve our lives! Knowing this, distract yourself and re-focus and the anxiety will respond amazingly well. ie; I eat sunflower seeds non-stop and using my mouth that way keeps me relaxed and that calms me. Drink lots of water (2 litres) throughout the day-thins the mucus and warm or cool can soothe irritated throat tissues. The dizziness can be from hyperventilating slightly with the anxiety. 2 mmore thoughts, if I may?... Find a different Dr.-ask around and call local clinics to see whether they have a Dr. who is good with asthma and breathing problems. Ideally, if you know someone in the field, even a Medical Assistant, they will know who is really good and who you might want to stay away from. I too, have not responded to inhalers other than my good old Alupent which is no longer made. The "similiar" ones have no effect on me, which is a part of my medical profile in general. Because of this, I have gotten a whole lot of help from complementary treatment. A good Naturopath, Homeopath, Accupuncturist-these can help you tremendously. If that is too costly, a reputable health food store generally has staff who can guide you to effective remedies. I like Herbal Respiratory Relief by Herb Pharm. It is a tincture (drops) that I first put in a bit of warm water to evaporate the bad taste of the alcohol. HOMEOPATHIC Belladonna (not the plant or anything else), no dairy or extremely cold foods,eat small meals, 1,500 mg. Vitamin C 3 times daily, Grape Seed Extract, Quercitin- these all reuce airway inflamation well and gently. Do find someone knowledgeable in alternative medicine, and stay under a Dr.'s care. Also journal, pray, and meditate. I hope some of this helps, been there, done that. Wellness and blessing on you!View Thread
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