Yeah, I do have problems that are getting worse. Had hysteroscopy/fibroid surgery in Jan 2011 and then related anemia throughout 2011 which my primary care doc forgot to remind me of when she saw me in June 2011 so it wasn't treated until Feb 2012 when I had another physical. (dang it) The anemia wasn't that bad but it would've been nice to not be so tired, weak and short of breath that whole year. My biking really sucked.
Fast forward to now. Anemia is all better due to daily iron supplementation, but my uterus is about twice the normal size so my stomach sticks out. And I have bladder/bowel problems, a little bit of reflux sometimes and noticeable SOB when I ride a bike, which is not due to being out of shape. My theory is that since my uterus takes up so much room in my abdomen it is compressing other organs, including my lungs, and causing problems. For the past two months I've also had horrible pain with my period, and I'm very tolerant of pain so when I say that you know it's bad. LOL Had to take Vicodin on a couple of nights to get any rest. That troubles me.
When I saw the OBGYN last week he was really excited about doing a robotic hysterectomy; he was like a little boy with a new toy excited to play with it. I said no way. I mean, it's prime biking season and I'd be out of commission for a couple of weeks, not to mention surgical risks and potential complications. I don't think so!
The options I was presented with were: (1) observation (waiting for them to go away on their own); (2) uterine artery embolization; (3) robotic hysterectomy; and (4) myomectomy (cutting them out). Lupron was not presented as an option to me because when you stop taking it, the fibroids come back, as you found.
I have read some of the research on UAE and it looks pretty good. The only unpositive things I've found is that (a) if you have a bigger uterus (22-24 weeks) the results won't be as good, and (b) the fibroids might come back anyway, in different places.
I have an appt with an interventional radiologist next Wed & I'll let you know more after I talk to him, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to go for the UAE. JudyView Thread
Sue, not to thread-jack, but I read a couple of your posts on the women's health board re: fibroids. Now this comment makes me intrigued about something fibroid-related going on with me. It's interesting that your reflux disappeared while on the Lupron. . . do you think that the extra space that the fibroids occupied in your abd cavity created upward pressure on your stomach, causing the reflux? Or has a physician explained it to you? Judy
P.S. I drank REAL caffeinated coffee last week for the first time in several years!!! Oh, that was heavenly. Flavored coffee brewed at home still gives me reflux but at least I know I can go to my favorite Starbucks and have a mocha any time! And I'm going to experiment with non-flavored coffee at home.View Thread
Woo hoo! Good news Sue. I hope you can just stay on the single steroid inhaler too.
I've been doing better and better since going off of Symbicort and down to Pulmicort last August. Very very little reflux and no asthma flares (in fact, no respiratory sickness at all). Of course, the allergy shots are now fully effective after 5 years, so I'm a happy camper. It's almost like I'm normal. LOL
Glad to hear you're doing so well -- keep up the good job! JudyView Thread
Or it could be that he's not feeling well, not sleeping as well as usual, and is irritable because of that. Kids can't always articulate how they're feeling or why they're feeling that way. I'd chalk it up to him still recovering from his major attack -- if he's still acting the same way in a month, then visit the pediatrician or allergist and see what he/she thinks. But I would highly doubt it's the Flovent. My son's allergist had chosen Flovent for him as well, stating that it's the inhaled steroid that has the least ability to move outside the lungs into the body as a whole, and thus it was the best choice for children.
Hope this helps. Take care & good luck. Judy (mom to an almost 16 year old with mild asthma who has also been on Flovent)View Thread
Have you tried other asthma medications that help with exercise-induced asthma? Singulair and Foradil are supposed to help. Singulair is, of course, a pill, while Foradil is a dry powder inhaler (no propellant involved). Foradil is a long acting bronchodilator but works quite quickly (when I used it, it worked within 15 minutes). Might be worth a try.
Just a thought, hope it helps. Take care. JudyView Thread
Did your doctor tell you to stop exercising just until your asthma was under better control? Just wondering.
There are some exercises (like crunches or sit ups) that put pressure on the stomach and could cause reflux to get worse, so you might want to avoid those. And I recall reading that for some people exercise can actually cause reflux - I don't recall why, but you might want to search for an article about that.
I have asthma and reflux so I can relate to your situation. Refluxed acid can definitely make asthma worse, and that's what happened to me. In my case, it was my asthma medication (Symbicort) that promoted reflux -- the long-acting bronchodilator in Symbicort is known to relax the valve between the stomach and the esophagus. Last August my allergist switched me to another asthma med and gradually my reflux has been diminishing. It's not gone yet but is much better than it was. I still use Tums and another reflux med in the morning.
Hope these thoughts help you. Take care & good luck. JudyView Thread
Unfortunately after a bad attack it's pretty common to have a slower recovery than you would like. That's why we like to get a jump on preventing attacks and medicating when the attack is milder, so that it doesn't get very bad. Perhaps you could ask your doctor about getting an asthma action plan in place and a peak flow meter (or pocket spirometer) so that if you're getting into your yellow zone you can take action to stave off the attack.
I can sympathize with you. I've had bronchitis a couple of times over the years and it just seems to take forever to get my lungs back to normal. It's really a drag. It sounds like you're on all the right meds, though, so just hang in there.
Take care and hope you feel better soon. JudyView Thread