I know alot of the time smoking and asthma come hand in hand. I am a smoker, and I feel like Im asking a stupid question, and thats why I havent ever come here to talk cause I smoke, and feel like my asthma is my own fault. What are the best ways to treat asthma with smoking? I tried to quit, I was ready to quit I felt good about quitting and I DID quit for 2 months last year, and then my house got broken into, quite a few things were stolen right before christmas, and being that I have depression as well, I kind of felt like I needed to pull out some cigarettes as a crutch to lean on with all the bad feelings I was having about life. I worked on switching myself over to my electronic cigarette and now that Ive started smoking real cigarettes again, the e-smoke is not as satisfying!! To be quite honest, I do not have the want to quit smoking now. So I havent been able to, I wish I hadnt started again back in December. I honeslty cant say that my asthma got any better during the time I had quit though. I found out that I have asthma a couple of years ago, the doc ordered a spiromter test, and prescribed me ventolin and prevolin(sp?) i think it was prevolin, I ran out of that while ago, and never refilled it cause it was like 60 dollars and Im not even sure that it helped. I use the ventolin still, I like it as an emergent device for sudden onset asthma at work or something. I have been sick with a cough for over a month now, and I blame it on my asthma and smoking. Whenever I go to the doctor we dont talk about asthma very much, so I feel that I need to learn more, since ive been having a really hard time breathing, sleeping, feeling really tired. I can sleep about 14 hours and feel fine, and my CBC came back normal so im not anemic, I think its cause I cant breath. I have been feeling awful, I put my symptoms into the symptom checker, and the top idea it gave me was lack of exercise!!! I thought "id exercise more if I wasnt so tired and could breathe" Ive lost interest in doing things that can make me lose my breath, as it is too hard to breath while walking around at work. Thanks for reading!View Thread
The new inhaler he prescribed is $50 and I cant afford that right now, so I will keep using ventolin until I can pick that up.... I thought about calling and asking for something cheaper.... I dunno... Id like to give this a try since its what he recommends...View Thread
I really think that your advice is good, I do not feel offended or that you have put my out in any way shape or form! I actually think you have a really broad understanding! I appreciate the reassurance that its not always smoking that causes asthma. I am pressed for time so please excuse my short response.View Thread
The imortant thing... I would want to teach my kids, is that I was curious when I tried cigarettes, and I didnt think I would get addicted, and I did. And that goes for anybody who reads this! I thought "and I will just quit when it becomes a problem, cant be as hard as they make it sound" I can honestly say I was not addicted the first couple years I smoked. I never had nicotine fits, or became irritable and I would go days with out cigarettes. I mostly began smoking them at college before big tests, or after my ex boyfriend and I would have a fight. Then I I began smoking socially at parties. Then I started buying my own packs. Then I couldnt stop. I liked smoking in the car, thought it was fun. Liked sitting on the porch watching the tennis players across the street. Could totally sit on the porch with out smoking, but hey, why not smoke... im already outside, it keeps me amused while I sit.... Now 4 years later I am full blown asthma, having asthma attacks at work, have been coughing up goo since september, I cant laugh with out hacking. I used to run track, I used to climb rocks, I used to play soccer. Now I cant, cause I turn red, for lack of air. There are TONS of reasons I should quit smoking. And its just a matter of beating it into my head, and stop trying to justify my bad habit. My dads been smoking for over 30 years, and he is just fine. His doctors are amazed. And so am I. I thought "dads ok, I can smoke too." So Oh No..... when I have kids, it wont even help to tell them not to smoke, my dad told me not to, I just watched him for so many years, and I know hes healthy, so I thought I would stay healthy too. But I was wrong!!! I used to just stand outside with my friend at work when I was 17 and watch everyone smoke and tell them all it was bad for them, now look at me. 17 year old me would kick my butt. Not only that but my brother started smoking cigarettes, and we smoke together. ha ha. he should quit too, he just had a baby, and him and his girlfriend take turns watching the baby and having a cigarette, its not fun to smoke alone, may as well just quit. I can definitely notice a difference with my advair. I feel its really helping. But I dont feel my emergency inhaler is working for me. I was having a bit of trouble last night, so I got it out, and puffed on it a couple of times, and never did feel better before I fell asleep. And I woke up exhausted, makes me wonder if I cant breathe at night. Im not over weight so I dont think i have sleep apnea, but I could??? IDK... So tired today.... So maybe Ill call the doc and tell him Id like to try a different rescue inhaler... I feel like its better then nothing, like a placebo, knowing I tried to treat my symptoms, at least calms me down.View Thread
Thanks again for your response, its very nice of you to be helping me along my way. The new doctor I went to see, told me that the other inhaler I was initially prescribed was the same as the one I had, so that he had prescribed the same thing in two different forms and told me they work different ways. So I am glad I came to a new doctor, cause I felt my old doctor didnt know anything about asthma.... The new doctor said maybe he wanted me to try them out and compare? I dont recall him telling me so, but I feel the albuterol may not be working in emergencys as well as Id like. Its only 5 dollar opposed to 60, and something Ive now started on Advair inhaler twice a day. Since I have started this on Friday, I noticed a slight difference, it could just be the weekend rest, or it could be the new medicine. He gave me Wellbutrin to help me quit smoking, and to work along side with my Zoloft to keep me from being irritable while quitting and to help me lose wieght. I havent started this med yet, I am waiting til next Friday when I get paid, but I am pretty excited to start it, and see how it goes. I havent bought a new pack of cigarettes since I went to the bar on Thursday night, so Ive done decent this weekend cutting down on my smoking. Ive been working on switching over to my e-cigarette. A friend of mine, actually makes his own e-cigarettes. They have a big switch box attached to the end of them, but he is actually pretty smart to figure it out, hes made like 3 of them. He wont sell me one, cause theyre "HIS", but they are stronger, and work better. Actually I think he offered to sell me the old beat up looking one, and I just dont want it cause his others are nicer. But the stronger e-cigarettes are more expensive. I will think about it more seriously in the future, if I still need help.View Thread
Tomorrow is my docotors appointment. I wrote him a note with all of my concerns. I talked with a nurse practioner I work with she said "he will just tell you, you have bronchitis and to tough it out."
I need some kind of treatment for my symptoms! I am coughing so much, and food tastes horrible, my sinuses nose, ears and chest all feel plugged with mucous. I looked back in my records, and I have had this cough since september. I have been toughing it out, and Im done being tough.
I really hope this new doctor is aggressive about my asthma treatment. I am even open to trying a quit smoking med, despite my depression, so I can stop coughing.View Thread
Thanks again for your responses. I apoligize Ive been suspended from work and havent been here to check the responses! I am back to work, and my appt actually isnt until the end of this week. Im unhappy to report that I have been very sick with a head cold during the time I was suspended from work. I am hoping once my chest and nasal congestion clears up, I can get hiking on the mountain again, because I find that helps my depression alot. But being sick, with asthma I tried hiking and it was like drowning. I am especially glad I made an appt, now that I have a cold for the third time this year. But this one was especially nasty too!View Thread
Ive made an appt with a NEW doctor on my next pay day. I am thinking my job switch wont come as soon as Id like. I should write down all of my concerns for him. I work in a clinic, and some times patients come in and hand me a list of thngs they want to discuss with the doctor. I take it from them and paperclip it to their chart so that the doctor can review their questions before they go in with them. I think Ill make sure this new doctors assistant does that for me. I have been thinking maybe I should try a smoking cessation product. Friends have warned me not to try the rxs because they can make depression worse, and where im already being treated for depression that would be bad. I think I should try patches or gum. I am hoping the new doc will have good ideas and advice... I heard he is good from some other assistants I work with.View Thread
Wow if this were facebook I would have liked all of your comments, thanks so much for the advice Amcate and Coughy! Thank you so much for letting me know its not completely dumb to be learning about treating asthma while smoking. But its also helping me towards wanting to quit again, its all for the greater good! One thing Im concerned about, is... that I may be leaving my current place of work for a better job opportunity, and I am worried about my insurance coverage, if I will be able to get any, and if it will matter that I have pre-existing asthma and depression. But thats kinda off subject. I hope that the benefits at the new job will be better then the ones I currently have, now that would be sweet. I think that right now my asthma has been worse cause my dad is painting his kitchen, and I live in the basement apartment, so my whole living room and all smells like fresh paint, and the smell really has made me sick, I am so glad he finally finished yesterday. I was supposed to have taken and allergy test a few years ago, and couldnt afford it at the time, now I wish I would have, maybe I'd have a better idea of what to stay away from.... Too bad I cant stay away from that paint smell... I am also taking antibiotics, for my wicked cough. I use my inhaler sparingly, mostly cause I forget I have it, but when I DO remember, it helps alot. I would like to get on some controller and bronchodilater, but there is the question of insurance with my possible job switch! all exciting! Thanks again! So much!View Thread