(I have a few questions at the end…)
Many thanks to the supporters on this site for me to keep advocating for myself and finding the right doctor. My asthma journey (flare) started June 26 and is finally calming down now (August 16)- that’s almost 7 weeks. After two ER visits, 2 urgent care visits, 1 primary care visit, 1 pulmonologist visit and 2 asthma/allergy doctor visits- we have found a medicine that seems to be helping and a doctor that is listening and actually doing tests. She did spirometry that showed 18% improvement with albuterol, exercise test that showed oxygen level went down, allergy tests that showed allergic response to mold, dust mites and ragweed (all news to me), and peak flow readings that went from high of 250 in early July to 330 2weeks ago to 400 now after 2 weeks of QVAR. She said I have Moderate Persistent asthma with possible vocal cord involvement. I am still using rescue inhaler a few times a day. Oh, and she had me start Xyzal. Having a diagnosis makes me feel less crazy about my symptoms.
What is a normal peak flow reading? Will I stay at a “moderate persistent” asthma level, or does that change? Is 80 qvar 4 x day a lot, a little or middle? Any experiences with xyzal? Would love anyone’s feedback. Will This be my new norm or will I go back to being symptomless without meds until the next flare, if I can ever be done with this one?