I agree with Sonya...airsickness is likely not going to play well with skydiving. The last thing you want is to be falling thru the air and have the air sickness kick in. Have you discussed this with your doctor??
You can indeed acquire asthma at any age. Mine wasn't diagnosed until I was 40--adult onset asthma is not really all that atypical.
As far as your symptoms, particularly the cough, it sounds like you might want to put in a call to your doctor. Typically if you are using your rescue inhaler (proair) more than twice a week its time to call your doctor and be evaluated as that means your asthma is not under good control.
You didn't mention what dosage of Advair you are taking but you might need an adjustment in your medications to a higher dose, or perhaps even some oral steroids to help get things under better control.
Be sure to mention the limited /no results with the proair to your doctor. There are other rescue medications you can try and very often the proair is the least effective of the 4 that are available so a switch to a different one might be in order. You need a rescue medication that is effective every time you need it.
what type of testing did they do to diagnose your asthma? Did they do a spirometry, a full pulmonary function testing? Generally these are done to confirm a diagnosis once the doctor suspects asthma. Do you have allergies, and if so has the allergy component been discussed and being treated.
The best way to not let your asthma take over control of your life is to work closely with your doctor, get a good set of pulmonary function tests to confirm your diagnosis and then find a combination of medications that works well for YOU. This may take some time but with the right meds you should be able to eliminate the cough and have a normal life WITH asthma. In the beginning it just takes time and often some experimentation with the medications to find the right combo.
The Hfa albuterol inhalers do nothing for me, even with a spacer.
Omron makes a small micro air nebulizer (about the size of your palm and battery operated). I opted to go this route and just buy the liquid albuterol which is dirt cheap. NOT as convenient as a rescue inhaler but at least it works when I need it.
With all the pre-surgery stress I am finding my BP is getting higher and higher...have decided just to stop checking it till after the surgery...he he.And I have the tension headache too--keep clenching those jaw muscles which is really not helping!!
I agree with treating the fungi...too many folks on this board with severe asthma have had dramatic results and gotten their asthma under good control...seems logical to give it a try. I so hope this is a solution for you.
Pred head...I can so relate. So far I am not finding the calgon is helping. I am finally sleeping though...but now I want 12-14 hours at a time which is just not working since I am trying to get 100 things done in order to be ready for hubbys surgery on Friday.
Tomorrow I have to pick up crutches, and get the DMV handicap placard....thats about the last of the pre-surgery stuff. I will be so glad when the surgery is over and behind us and we just have to tackle 6 weeks of him being housebound in a cast (hmmmm this might be fun or NOT). I may need more than calgon before this is over and done with!!!!!!
Hang in there...and vent away...it keeps you sane!!!
I attempted to reply to your post late last night but the internet was acting goofy and just waiting around doing nothing, and the pred head was making sentence structure a challenge so figured maybe this was the planets way of saying go to bed and sleep...yeah right what a joke.It was more like go to bed and toss and turn...I NEED SLEEP!!
Glad to hear you are doing a tad better today.....hope the pred works it magic.
I hope the allergist is able to find a solution for you, And hopefully once they address the fungal issue maybe that will be part of the puzzle as well??
I am on day 2 of 10 mg...lungs not thrilled with this lower dose but not protesting too much...I can tell a slight difference though. Keeping my fingers crossed I can get off this stuff the end of next week and be done with it.
The pred munchies have been horrible...all I want to do is eat....I have indulged. I figure after nearly 40 days of steroid I should get to eat a little something not so great for me??
The "funk" has been terrible and always worse at night ..won't miss that side effect either. Just tired of being sick and tired. I do understand how you are feeling--pred is just a tough drug to deal with because of the side effects and no matter how much you are aware of that, it doesn't help in the tough moments. Hang in there..we are BOTH going to be steroid free soon OR ELSE!! HE HE
I also have issues with ibuprofin (it wasn't classifed an allergic reaction we think the doc just prescribed a way too HIGH dose --I metabolize SLOWLY so I tend to use a lower dose of most drugs--and got weird symptoms but aspirin causes me no issues. Early in my asthma days I was OFF aspirin entirely but it made no difference and I take it now as needed with no issues...but at least we ruled it out as a possibility.
If you have polyps/sinusitis/asthma I believe they call that the sampters triad? (don't quote me as I have PRED HEAD).
PS I have also been told by my pharmacist that asthmatics should be cautious using naproxyn sodium as it can trigger airway reactions.View Thread
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It was not really a pioneering spirit but sheer desperation. I told the doctor until we had tried all the meds available he could stop throwing his hands in the air saying I don't know what to do...experimentation worked.
Now atrovent is routinely prescribed for those of us with atypical asthma.
I can't remember if you told me you were using or had tried the nasal form of cromolyn (Nasalcrom)....I find it works wonders for my allergies especially since all the antihistamines leave me so drugged I feel like a zombie. It seems to stop the allergy symptoms before they start and has all but eliminated my twice yearly allergy/sinus infections. And I only have to use it twice a day so its not a big deal and doesn't dry out the nose like the nasonex does. During spring/fall allergy season I sometimes use the nebulized cromolyn with a mask...seems to help the nose/lungs and is soothing. (I have also found that if I use the neb pulmicort with the mask it helps the sinus's as well)
Have you tried using magnesium to help with the restless leg? Magnesium seems to calm the RLS (my husband has it so I know its annoying).
As for the pred and no sleep I am entering zombie stage at this point and I still have a week to go--I feel your PAIN!!!!!!!!! UGGGHHHHHHHH. I think tomorrow I taper to 10mg...BUT I am getting to the point FINALLY where I get an occasional hack and not much more than that. So I know things are really headed in the right direction. NOW if I could just sleep...my muscles hurt so bad across my back and I am exhausted. The joys of pred (spoken from a tired stressed out woman who has now had nearly 30 days of the ugly stuff!!! HE HE
Better days are ahead???
Hang in there...
PS we got a very pleasant and unexpected 6-8 inches of snow the night before last and return to winter temps, which are expected to last for the foreseeable future as we have an artic clipper headed our way...my lungs were outside today in 30 degree temperatures doing a happy dance!! HE HE WOOOHOOOO!!! Even shoveling heavy WET snow yesterday didn't bother the lungs!!!!!!!!!! (yeah they call me abnormal for a reason)View Thread
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I have been using the nebulized atrovent as well as the inhaler (my twice daily maintenance med) for years. When the doc put me on it was classified as a COPD drug but we figured we could experiment...made a HUGE difference for me when it comes to drying out the cough.
During this recent bout of asthmatic bronchitis the albuterol/atrovent nebs help shut the down the cough and keep it suppressed.
You didn't say whether allergies factor into your asthma, but if that is the case then maybe optimally treating the allergy component might lesson the respiratory effects you are having.
And since this attack came on so suddenly, you really should be sure you have your inhaler with you...not in the truck.....the sooner you get the rescue medication into the lungs the less severe symptoms you have.
What meds are you currently taking for your asthma?? Allergies? When was the last time you saw your doctor and had a review done??
I agree with Sonya...the risks of using your daily asmanex is far less than letting your asthma get out of control and needing oral steroids.
There are risks/benefits with every medication and we all want to use as little as possible in order to control our health--but asthma left untreated, or improperly treated is going to cause you more issues down the road. And if you to get to the point of having poorly controlled asthma it is going to mean more medications in the long run.
Talk to your doctor about this, and have him/her explain their thinking and then address your concerns.You have to be your own advocate when it comes to your health. And if you still don't feel you are getting your concerns addressed, get a second opinion or even a third.