Sorry I did not answer this sooner. I try to check the page from time to time because it is the only blog with personal stories (that I was able to find) besides those found on the Alair site. As you may know from my earlier posts I finished my 3rd procedure last fall. This winter I have been plagued with 4 colds and a sinus infections; these are not unusual. Today I am in bed with another cold. This is the worst one this winter. I do not think I can give an accurate response to the long term effects.View Thread
I also have the same insurance. They turned me down initially and at appeal. I then filed with the independent insurance review board, who overturned the insurance company's decision. After I had the procedure, the insurance company tried to bill me for some of the procedure (my doctor's office said they have never had a company try to do this once approved). I had my letter from the review board and all was taken care of. You have to be very aggressive. Also check with Boston Scientific (makes the Alair system). They may have resources to help you with the appeals process.View Thread
YES I have been sick in bed for 5 days with an awful cold; aches, chills, coughing up grey-green phlegm, but NO TIGHTNESS. This is unheard of. My worst nightmares always involved catching a cold, as the wheezing and tightness were not treatable until the infection passed.
With this cold, I used my nebulizer 3 times in the last 4 days to help loosen some of the phlegm. In the passed I would use it as often as the prescription allowed, watching the clock until I could use it again.View Thread
No Pain. Needed nebulizer after each procedure, but not unbearable. Worst pain was the bruises from the IV with each procedure (39 years of oral steroids; I bruise easily), and the 4 attempts to start the IV for the 3rd procedure. The 3rd procedure was the most difficult; slow to wake up, a little nauseated (zofran worked well), very groggy, and a dull headache that lasted much of the day.
The lungs and airways a few pain sensors, so the only lung related issues were coughing up phlegm and some irritation similar to bronchitis without the severe tightnessView Thread
It took several weeks to recover. I have not used a nebulizer for over a month. I sometimes wake up a little wheezy in the morning, but it goes away without Xopenex. I have not had anything really dramatic happen (don't feel ready to go jogging), but I think I have a cold (sneezing, slight sore throat, slight cough), but no serious tightness. This has never happened before. A cold usually leaves me bedridden for a minimum of 1 day, sometimes up to a week.
I have gone for several long walks this week without lasting problems, but I never walk very fast.View Thread
A good ENT with a flexible scope should be able to determine if you have a sinus infection, and determine the proper treatment. Repeating antibiotics the way you have described can lead to resistant bacteria. Using the wrong antibiotic will be ineffective.
If you believe your sinus problem is exacerbating you asthma, then find a new ENTView Thread