I've had asthma for the past several years. It has been very well controlled on Symbicort 160/4.5 for almost the whole time. However, the past 6 months have just been horrible. I've had more flare ups, including bout of bronchitis, than I've had in the past 5 years.
I know that this year has been horrible for a lot of people, but the sudden increase has me a little alarmed.
The only thing that has changed is I now take a beta blocker daily for my migraines. I take 20mg of nadolol which is a very very small dose. I've been on it for a year now and am wondering if it could be the source of my sudden issues. I had to wean myself off it as it has done WONDERS for my migraines, but...I'm also interest to see if that might be the cause.
Does anyone have any experience with beta blockers and asthma? I know that they have known contradictions, but my neurologist and I were very hopefully after the first 6 months that I might be ok on it in terms of my asthma.
Anything thoughts would be greatly appropriated.View Thread
I've had asthma for a few years now. It's been very well controled with symbicort 160/4.5 for almost the whole time. I've even been able to get down to using it once day(on my now retired allergists suggestion).
In the last couple of weeks it seems it's been out of control. I've been waking up in the middle of the night with pain in my mid back, which happens when I'm having asthma issues. And I've been using my rescue inhaler every single day.
I was sick a couple of months ago with a sinus infection, which required 2 rounds a meds to get rid of. after the second round I felt totally better, until about the middle of last week when this lung deal started.
The only other piece of info that could be important in this equation is the fact that my husband has been sick for a month, he first had the sinus infection that I had, and now has an ear infection from the sinus infection...
The problem is this, my asthma has always been silent. I don't wheeze. at. all. never have. I've had bronchitis once before and was told by the first doctor that I saw that it couldn't possible be bronchitis because my lungs were "clear".
Upon my second visit, after another 10 days of suffering, another doctor said, well he could be right, it could be viral, or it could just be this is how it presents for you. 5 days of a zpack later, except for the little bit of SOB that is expected after bronchitis, I was 100% better.
I've been pondering the idea that this could be allergy related, although I've had allergy testing and am allergic to nothing at all...so I added an OTC allergy med just to see if I cold calm things down. which seems to have done nothing...
I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to approach this. I really really hate to have to go to the doctor, because I know that they are just going to say well you "sound" find. never mind the elephant that has been sitting on my chest for days now.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.