Does anyone know if you can buy ventolin diskus in the us? It's made by gsk & looks just like advair diskus but a different color. My exchange student who has asthma brought hers over from Holland, & I would really love it because the propellents in the regular inhalers irritate my lungs.
It sounds like a shame that you have to leave this one, since she has helped so much. Have you talked to her about the bully? And let her know that if it keeps up you will have to find another dr even though you hate to do it? If you haven't complained to her, I would try that first. It is not out of the realm of possibility that she is unaware of how bad it is. The person may behave appropriately when she is around. I would tell her exactly how the person treats you & which of the other staff they mistreat & how. That could prompt her to talk to the staff who are being bullied & they may be more inclined to speak up if asked directly about it. Of course if everyone has told her & she still keeps the person on, that is different. But it is amazing how many times that stuff goes on & no one tells the person in charge. Especially in this economy.
As far as switching, I recently switched, not by my choice but due to my allergist's retiring. I really like the new one, but I still had to go back to that whole time of helping her understand my asthma and me. I got really bad shortly after I switched to her, & I made a point to wait to be seen by her (she wasn't in the day I called for the appt) so that she could see how I was when I was sick. I was open to her trying things a little differently, but didn't hesitate to let her know when something didn't work right. In my last appt earlier this month, she asked me a lot of questions about my asthma history, all the meds I had used in the past & their results etc etc. I think we are starting to reach the point where she gets me & trusts me to know what I need. I think that anytime you switch drs with a chronic condition, there is a pretty long learning curve for both the dr & the patient. You really have to step back & start over, the medical records don't tell the whole story. If you are determined to switch, you might try scheduling an extra long appt with the new dr so that you guys will have plenty of time to talk & go over your history. This will also give you a better sense of his attitude, his philosophy about treatment and whether you feel you will be able to work well with him. Good luck to you Sonya!View Thread
Glad to hear you're doing better & making an appt. Choo chu is right about the action plan. I never had one, I didn't think my asthma was bad enough to need one, & I thought I knew what to do. My allergist retired, I got a new one, she gave me a written action plan, & I discovered that I was not treating nearly as aggressively as I should be, even for minor problems. I would never have used my rescue as aggressively as my action plan directed, therefore I may have been keeping myself from getting better faster. Since it sounds like you may be new to asthma, it would probably really give you more confidence that you are doing the right thing. It takes the thinking & worrying out of it & gives you exact steps to follow, & what to do if you still aren't better.View Thread
thanks everyone. Mattie, you're right I am taking maxair. Sonya, I also have been unable to use the old formula inhalers,they irritated my lungs to the point of increasing instead of decreasing my synptoms as well. I haven't tried the hfa's though because I have been happy with my maxair.View Thread
My new allergist gave me a written action plan the other day at my appt. I had never had one before, but I think that she thought that I did & she was just making a change in my inhaled steroid dose, thus the new plan. So we didn't really discuss it. Nothing was surprising to me except it said when my symptoms start to increase, I should take 4 puffs of rescue & if my symptoms are not completely gone after 20 minutes, I should repeat. This just seemed a little extreme to me, I have never been told to take more than 2 puffs at a time. And I could understand it it was talking about severe symptoms, but this was in the first step of asthma symptoms worsening. I am going to ask about it when I go in in a couple of weeks for my shots, but I was just wondering if anyone else had a similar action plan?View Thread
Also, you should ask for a written action plan from your dr. That will help you figure out what to do if things are getting worse. It can really take the guesswork out of it. Hope you are feeling better!View Thread
that's great Judy, please keep me posted on how you do with the pulmicort. When I was first diagnosed, I was on pulmicort, and I found the inhaler really nice & easy to use. My new allergist is really nice, but she is big on following protocols to the t. I have to go back in Nov for another pft before she will decide whether I can make the switch. She gave me a written action plan, the first written one I have had. Interesting, it told me that if I was having more than mild brief symptoms, I should take 4 puffs of my rescue right away, followed by 2 puffs every 4 hours as needed. I have never been told to take 4 puffs at once before. Good luck with the pulmicort!View Thread