Haven't ever needed to post on here, but these past 7 weeks, going on 8 have been really rough. I'm a 33.5 year old female who was diagnosed when I was 7 or 8. My asthma has been well controlled for like 15-20 years. I live in Central PA and working in Harrisburg, PA (one of the asthma capitals).
It started in the first week of August of this year, we have had one of the wettest summers/early fall seasons so far. It started with chest tightness, coughing and using my rescue inhaler (ventolin) almost every day. I then had my first attack in forever! I went to Patient First (could not get into to my asthma/allergist or my PCP). I was given a breathing treatment and prednisone (low dose 4mg) dose pack. I followed up with my PCP the following week and finally got my own nebulizer, I ended up needing to use it once a day for a while. I continued all meds as current, this includes singular 10mg (at night), Advair 250/50 twice a day, ventolin rescue as needed. I have been fine with this regimen for many years.
I had another attack 2 weeks after the first one and finally got in with my asthma doc, who gave me samples of Symbicort to replace my Advair for the time being. I felt worse/not any better after a week on that. I also had to get FMLA from my PCP to cover me at work (I work in the OR at a busy hospital). I went back to the asthma doc a week later and he put me back on Advair and a new regimen to get me over this flare (is 6 weeks at this point, a flare??!). I also had another slight attack 2 weeks ago (this is 3 now in 7 weeks!) : (
In the mean time, my work got their flu shots, I get one every year (plus we're required), but I am terrified to get one right now, I'm going to try and hold off until the end of the month and this new regimen takes hold.
All the while, we have had continued rain. So, I am currently on week 2 of continuing Advair 250/50 twice a day, singulair 10mg (night), Spiriva (twice, once a day), qvar 40mcg (twice a day, 30 mins after Advair). So far, it seems to be helping. I had a good 5 days of clearing of the cough (which has been the worst part) and breathing 'normal'. However, late last night, the cough came back and I had a rough night/morning.
I should also mention I have severe year-round nasal/eye/skin allergies. Mostly nasal, but the past year the eyes/skin have picked up too. I used to take Xyzal 5mg for about 10 years and LOVED it. Then it went OTC and got expensive and semi-stopped working. So earlier this year (Feb) I was put on a combo of Zyrtec (night) and Allegra (morning), had to get them in prescription form to get them covered by my FSA. Whew! I know this was lengthy, but it has truly been a rough ride. I'm also in school for nursing and took this semester off (pre-reqs) to get my mind right before clinicals happen and so far, I've been more stressed than ever.
Anyone else having major issues all of a sudden after being well controlled? I'm also not looking forward to when the samples stop bc I'm sure these meds are expensive and I have nothing left on my FSA after 2 trips to urgent care, 2 to the asthma doc and soon to be 3 to my PCP in 7 weeks. : (
I will be getting an updated Asthma Action Plan in November.