Hi AAFA community,
I'm new to the board, but reading some of the post, I can't wait to hear more from the group and hopefully share some succefull stories/tips!
Here is my asthma story and what I'm doing to handle this little bugger!
Earlier this year, I was in a very dusty environment at work which I believe has triggered my adult on set asthma! As a child I had a short period of asthma which I out grew. I've had mild allergies most of my life to the main culprits (dust,pollen,etc), but nothing that would required medication, just some conscious effort in avoiding those triggers! My symptoms are chest tightness and SOB and due to my past history with asthma and allergies my doctors believe it's asthma. I've been working with my PCP and pulmonologist to get a handle on this tricky disease. Spiro/EKG/XRays, all normal which is great.
i was given a ProAir rescue inhaler, which I used at the beginning quite a bit, but have completely stopped its use after being put on QVAR 80mcg. I started to feel some minor regression on its effects to I started to use a generic Singulair prescription. I delayed the use of the singulair a bit due to the crazy possible side effects; however, I have felt none (just vivid dreams), but I've felt a great impact after being on this medication for a month. My PEF have even gone up from 525s to 600-650s!!i consider this a success! This combination of medications has helped but I still have minor symptoms. They don't quite affect my day to day, but I'm always conscious of the tightness.
Ive incorporated other changes: Hepa filters in my office and home. Trying to be stick to an anti inflammatory diet. Taking multi vitamins, going all organic and natural products (been reading about toxins, and additions , YIKES!!!) I know these are all supplementary to medication, but they can only help the life style of my family and I!
Im a young male in my 30s with excellent health (outside of the asthma). Since I've always been active, what I've tried to do is maintaing a running schedule. I try to run at least 5miles a week with some light weight lifting. The work out kinda suck, but I feel like a million dollars after! It's like my sinus and chest open up!
well enough about me as I could keep talking. Please share some of your success stories and tips on handling this condition!
Stay healthy my friends!!!