I Need Help


I'm hoping someone can help me.  I have been sick since January.  I've seen an ENT, allergist, plumm nary, gastrointestinal, cardiologist to no avail.

In January I remodelled my bathroom, ripped out everything an retilled.  Since then, I have been sick with constant cough with a very thick mucus.  I have a hard time brea thing, I've tried every allergy med, netty pot, humidifier, dehumidifier nothing helps.

Allergist says I'm allergic to dust mites.  I now have a slightly enlarged heart and nodules on my right lung.  No cancer, heat is just slightly enlarged.  Ivery gained 40 pounds since January likely because I'm depressed.  I can't work but am financially stable.  I'm 50 years old.

I don't know if I have asthma n UT yesterday I went to the store and I I could barely breathe, I was weak and coughing.  I think it was an asthma attack but I'm not sure.  

I'm being tested for Valley fever.

Hoping someone can help.  I can't stop clearing my throat and I'm getting worse.

Sorry so Lono, I'm desperate and very depressed.

Any insight would be greatly apprea6.

Thank you.   Psychological I'm allergic to prednisone too.


Comments 15

  • Megan Roberts

    Hi, @CeCe, I'm so sorry to hear how much you've been struggling!  It sounds like it's really affected your quality of life, and I could completely understand how your current health situation could lead you to feel depressed.  I don't think we can provide you with any clear-cut answers on what it is you're suffering from exactly, since we don't provide medical diagnoses or advice here.  This is, however, a good place to find support for what you're going through, and maybe some advice on how to help figure out what's going on.  For instance, do you keep a journal that tracks your symptoms on different days and the severity of them?  To try and narrow down what your triggers might be?  Have you been prescribed asthma meds to help control your asthma when it is triggered — and do you have an

    As you're trying to figure out what's going on with your breathing, it's also important to take good care of your mental and emotional health.  What are some things you can do that make you feel good right now?  Such as helping someone else out with a task, meditating, taking a warm bath, connecting with friends or family, some gentle stretches, etc?  Are you getting some professional support for your depression if you feel like it's out of your control?  I know how hopeless and scary a place that can be and want you to know you have a support network in this community that is here for you!  But I want to make sure you're getting whatever it is you need to make you feel healthy, both physically and emotionally!    

    The good news is, there are many different medications used to treat asthma, and many different environmental changes you can make to help control your asthma triggers, once you figure out what they are!  We are here to support you in that process — hang in there and keep us posted.

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, @CeCe, big hugs on everything that's going on with you. It sounds like you had an especially rough time yesterday. Even though you don't know whether you have asthma, have you seen the information about asthma zones? 

    If you find yourself in the red zone, it's really, really important to follow those instructions. 

    AAFA has a great resource on .

    Hugs on being allergic to prednisone — that's a powerful tool to help folks with lots of different issues. 

    Several of our members - @Pljohns, @Shea and @GigiGibson - are like me and were diagnosed with asthma as adults. It can really rock your world when one day you seem fine and the next every breath is a struggle. 

    We're here for you. You are definitely among friends!

  • Jen

    Welcome cece. That sounds like a tough and frustrating situation, for sure.  When you tell the specialists that the treatments aren't working for you, do they have other suggestions?

  • CeCe

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for all of the replays.  No one has an answer for me yet.

    I have to go take a lung test today.  Breathing into a machine .

    It seems they aren't sure what it is.  It's off, because it stared right during the bathroom remodel.

    I'm going to buy one of those finger oxygen monitors and keep a journal.

    I don't have a family history of asthma but do for allergies.

    I have my appointment in 1 hour.  I'll keep you posted.  

    I really thank you for listening.

    I appreciate you support. I just didn't know where else to turn.

    I too am wishing you all the best. 


  • K8sMom2002

    CeCe, how'd the appointment go? 

    Hoping your tests gave you and your doctors some good info, but didn't tire you out too much. We're here for you!

  • Jen

    Hope the appointment went well.  Update when you get a chance!

  • Shea

    Is it possible there was asbestos or mold in the bathroom.. I know those things can make people sick  How long did it take to remodel the bathroom? 

    I think a CT scan can see if there are scarring or like asbestos fibres. 

     You could get a HEPA air purifier in the room you sleep in, because it seems like your lungs are definitely sensitive now, and that helps keep the air really clean. Good for dust mites too, along with washing bedding weekly in hot water–which is a pain but really helps my son and I.

    Do you carry a rescue inhaler, like albuterol?

    I hope you find out more from the doctors, and try to pay attention to triggers and allergens snd avoid them!


  • Rossie
    CeCe posted:

    Sorry spelling mistakes.   Allergic to prednisone.

    are you on prednisone?

  • Jen

    @Rossie Welcome to AAFA's support forums.  What allergies do you manage?

  • K8sMom2002

    @CeCe, just checking on you to see how things are going and if you ever got into see the doc.

    @Shea's tip about an air purifier/cleaner is a great one.  AAFA has a series of blogs with lots of clean air tips —  — and there's a giveaway!

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Dyson are giving away three certified asthma & allergy friendly® Dyson Pure Cool™ Link air cleaners. So don't forget to comment and vote in order to get your shot at one of those air cleaners!

  • Jen

    @CeCe Are you still dealing with a chronic cough?  Have the doctors been able to help you?