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Hi I been newly diagnosed with asthma. It started last week when I came back home from my older sister house. There was a couple of wildfires that was not fully under control. When I went down to visit her and her family. I ended up in the ER. At first my family though it was another bout of bronchitis. I have a appointment with my regular doctor tomorrow. 

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  • Kathy P

    Hugs and welcome. Was it in the ER that they told you that you have asthma? This is a great place to start learning -http://www.aafa.org/page/asthma.aspx

    Good luck with your appointment tommorow.  Let us know how it goes.  

  • Pljohns

    Kara2010-Welcome to the forum!  We have all felt what you are feeling.  Please let us know what your doctor says.  We're all here for you for support and to help you with any questions you might have-

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Kara2010! Hugs that you have been struggling to breathe, and hugs on the fear and anxiety. Is the air quality better where you are now?

    Like Kathy P said, AAFA has lots of good resources to learn about asthma. I was scared, too, but AAFA has lots of things to help you talk with your doc. Can you print off an before you see your doc?

    And AAFA has a great  with a terrific short video! I'll paste the video below … and there are several others as well.

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi Kara2010,  

    I'm sorry that you are having breathing difficulties and ended up the ER! Cynthia and Kathy have given you some good resources. Can your regular doctor give you a referral to an allergist or a pulmonologist?

    Here are some additional resources for you to check out:

    •  (free downloadable resource)

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Brenda

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Did that ER doctor suggest that you follow up with allergy testing?  Will you be having a spirometry? I think you will need to be put on a med schedule. You need to keep your asthma under control. Take care of yourself! ☺

  • K8sMom2002

    Have you had that appointment yet with your regular doctor? Hopefully your doctor will refer you to an allergist or a pulmonologist. An allergist can do the testing that Debbie suggested — always a good idea. 

    Some asthma triggers are not allergic triggers. But some are. Your allergist can help you start the process of figuring those out.

    I hope you got some answers and reassurances today!

  • LK

    Welcome Kara2010!    

    I was diagnosed six years ago with adult onset asthma so I remember the feeling of being newly diagnosed and all the unknowns that go with it.  

    I know you will get through these worrisome times after the initial diagnosis.  I am so sorry you have to be here with us but so glad you found us.  These forums are a wonderful source of encouragement and support.

    Please let us know what you find out after your doctor's appointment! 

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi Kara2010,

    Easier said than done but try to relax. The more stressed you are the harder it is to breathe. I've had asthma since  I was a baby. I turned 55 this past July. We are all on different meds, doses, etc. If your regular Dr doesn't send you to an allergist or lung specialists do so on your own. Some times you have to be your own advocate. You know your own body and how You are feeling. Don't be afraid to speak up or go for a second opinion. Please let us know how you are doing.

  • Melissa G

    Welcome to AAFA Kara! You have already gotten some great advice just want to welcome you and send you some . How are you doing today?

  • Amber Says Shine

    Welcome Kara! So sorry to hear about your struggle to breathe near the wildfires, the ER visit, and the asthma diagnosis. Like Marie above, I've had asthma since I was a baby. I'm 42 now and I'm still very active (even living in L.A. with its pollution and recent years of massive wildfires). The testing process can be annoying, but we know SO much more about asthma now than 40 years ago! Sending hugs and like others have said, AAFA has great resources and we're all here for you! 😘

  • Melissa G

    Hi Kara, just want to check on you and see how you are doing. How did the appt with your primary dr go? Were you able to get an