May be time for another pulmo to take a look at things. If you were indeed diagnosed with 'chronic bronchitis' they tend to treat it somewhat differently than just asthma---there are some new meds that treat COPD as well.
High BP should not be causing your asthma reactions, but depending on whether you are taking a BP medication or not that could be a factor. Some blood pressure medications exacerbate asthma (beta blockers I believe at in that group), so that is one thing you might want to ask about.
Chronic bronchitis, as it comes under the umbrella of COPD can progress with time and worsen symptoms. Get a good workup---if you have access to another pulmo it sounds like the place to start. If there is a university hospital with a medical center near you, you might check into that.
I have a friend who was initially diagnosed with asthma and then a great pulmo found it was COPD/chronic bronchitis...your symptoms sound like hers...she was treated at Mayo as she lives near there and they now have her lung function in much better shape. Might be worth a try.
It is frustrating when your quality of luck is being affected...but the key is to track your symptoms daily, figure out what is causing the respiratory issues as best you can, and find a good doctor and be sure you have the right diagnosis. ONCE you get that, things should improve as they can target the diagnosis with the appropriate meds.
Fire-wise things here in the Pacific NW have remained much the same...high winds, high heat and dry conditions. We have one complex of fires that has burned over 107,000 acres and is still burning strong. Another has burned 7000 acres and its in steep terrain so water drops are really all they can do to contain it...it will continue to burn until the rain/snow comes to the mountains. Its in the mountains so no structures are affected so they basically monitor and wait for winter moisture.
We have had nearly a month of smoke...we get a few days where the air is clear, or at least clearer, and then the wind shifts and its back to smoke. Particulate counts are still up.
So far, knock on wood, the doubled inhaled steroid has done the trick. I have a bit of a cough, but it lessens on the days we get better air, and its not getting any worse. So for now we hope for winter and soon!!!
That is WAY TOO CLOSE for comfort. Hope the fire heads the other direction!
We are probably a good half hour drive from the closest fires...we sit in the foothills so most of the fires are either out on the high desert or in the forests themselves.
Today we have a light haze and you can smell smoke but its not as smokey as it was due to winds shifting the other direction--the sky looks blue at least. This will pretty much be the norm until they get the fires out or the rains begin in the fall.
Lungs are holding their own but still keeping up the nebs as I so do not want pred.
Stay safe and indoors...I run the hepa filters inside which really helps keep the smoke out of the house. We notice smoke odors in the house close to the exhaust/kitchen vents...if you find that is the case run those fans for a minute or two--but not longer as that then creates a vacuum which pulls more smoke in. Just opening and closing the outside doors lets in a lot of smoke.
Already warned the docs office if I call needing pred they will know why!!! The air quality tanked over night. Wind kicked up the fires and the smoke is everywhere. If your car is outside its covered in a layer of fine ash. Today we had a cold front go thru which dropped the temps by 20 degree's, but winds are expected to kick up this afternoon thru Thursday which is the last thing the fire fighters need. Some of these wildfires are burning in areas there are no structures/population so they will just be allowed to burn till the winter rains put them out.
Sonya, I saw on the news there was a big fire in OKC...near you?? Terrifying how close the houses were to the fires!! Hope you are safe and not getting the smoke.
...theres fire!!! Sadly its just a part of living in the Pacific NW in the summers. We have fires, sparked by lightening all around us. We are in no danger but the smoke has filtered in making breathing a challenge, even for those folks w/o respiratory disease.
Had a little rain last night, but more t-storms with lightening which likely will spark more fires. We have a MAJOR cold front coming with high temps expected to be only around 70 but high winds are expected so that could help or hinder the fire fighters efforts.
Trying to limit my exposure to the outside air and spending some quality bonding time with the neb!!!!
As far as your surgery goes make sure the anesthesiologist is aware, as well as the staff who checks you in for surgery.
If you have taken any prednisone during the past year, be sure your surgeon and anesthesiologist is aware of this as they may add a small dose of steroid just prior to your surgery to be sure there are no issues .
Many of us just pretreat with our rescue inhaler just prior to surgery which can avoid any issues you might have with the anesthesia. If possible be sure the recovery room staff is also aware of your asthma so they can be on the lookout for any issues.
Asthma can develop at any time in life. Many of the people on this board have adult onset asthma. Shortness of breath is indeed a symptom....and if you have allergies to mold that would most certainly trigger shortness of breath if you have asthma. Asthma attacks can be caused by a lot of things.
Asthma can be a dangerous disease if you do not treat it effectively.....you need a good workup to determine IF you have asthma or not. Ignoring the shortness of breath can be very very dangerous.
If you are asthmatic, you can exercise and pretty much lead a normal life provided you are treated appropriately. MANY of our olympic athletes are asthmatic.
If you have developed asthma and are experiencing shortness of breath you need to see a doctor....you DO NOT want a serious asthma attack which might lead to an emergency situation.
In order to really answer your question we are going to need some more information.
You say you are not asthmatic...have you talked to your doctor about the 'attacks' you are getting? How would you describe the attacks...chest tightness, shortness of breath, etc etc? If you are having symptoms of asthma attacks it could be that you are indeed asthmatic but it hasn't been diagnosed yet.
High mold counts can indeed trigger asthma attacks......particularly if you are allergic to molds.
You need to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and get a good diagnosis. It may not be asthma but only your doctor can figure that out. Asthma can and does occur at any age, so you may have developed it. There are other medical issues that can mimic asthma as well.
Also address any allergy issues you have when you talk to your doctor and be sure to specify the types of symptoms you are getting as this will aide in the diagnosis process.