As amcate said, everyone is different. I hope you are working with an allergist who has been trained to treat all triggers. Have you been allergy tested? Immuno-therapy works, but can takeawhile to become effective. It is essential that you treat all aspects of your asthma.
For me getting controll of my asthma was like peeling off layers if an onion. Allergies. GERD. Fungal infection. AERD (Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease). It took about three years to find and treat all the layers, but once that happened life did pretty much return to "normal", not like before but livable. I was on antibiotics and pred about every four to six weeks that third year. I was on them about 2/3s of the four months prior to AERD treatment.
Be patient and educate yourself as much as you can. Be sure to find a top notch spcialist to work with.
Hi, You sound a lot like I me a few years ago. Xolair has been very helpful for me. You may want to talk to your allergist about two other things. 1) Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease - causes impossible to control asthma without aspirin desensitization. 2) Zyflo - would replace Singulair. Instead of modifying leukotriine, this blocks the production of them. It is extremely pricey, but the manufacturer and several foundations help cover the cost.
That is why I suggested looking for a specialist with a fellowship. Additional education and continuing education is required to obtain and maintain a fellowship. Any asthma specialist with a fellowship should be very well versed in the special needs of exercise induced asthma.
Hi, I am sorry, but we cannot talk about specific doctors on the site. Below is a link where you can find a specialist close to you using several search methods. I would recommend you select one with a fellowship in the organization. http://aaaai.execinc.com/edibo/FindAnAllergist
You can also use www.healthgrades.com to research how patients feel about the doctor.
Hi, Weather has been a bear this year. I have not had lasting issues, but the days the weather is changing, I feel it.
Don't forget cedar pollen is rising and falling with the changing weather and wind direction. You may want to increase life style allergen control like sinus rinses and being sure to shower before going to bed.
Hi, There are two choices other than Advair. Dulera and Simbicort. Dulera has a "loyalty" program that greatly reduces costs for the first 6 months you use it, then watch out. It gets pricey. I am stuck with it since I do not metabolize Simbicort effectively and nose dive on it. I won't pay fro Advair, and I recently heard that some insurance companies are not paying for it either.
Hi dilann, I have cramps as well. Asthma meds do tend to deplete magnesium, potassium and Calcium. Low levels of either of them can cause cramps. I do get relief when I supplement all three, but potassium seems to be the most important for me. SonyaView Thread
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What is your doctor telling you about Xolair and IgE? I have been on it for 4 years. My understanding is that Xolair binds with IgE to keep it from triggering further allergic response and does not affect the the IgE level itself.
Why was your level retested? My research indicated that retesting is usually not necessary.
What else you are doing to control you allergies and asthma?