Good Morning Everyone,
I've been reading through your Asthma Support Group an I am very impressed. You all sound very knowledgeable and supportive.
I am 26 years old and I am new to adult asthma and I do not really know what I am doing. Historically (childhood), I have only had asthma symptoms when I was battling a severe respiratory issue or infection.
I have had asthma symptoms as an adult since a respiratory infection & bout of bronchitis August 2016.
I am getting better at identifying my triggers (cold air, smoke, mold, dust, exercise…) and my symptoms seem to be lessening, but I' have an almost constant chest tightness and I get shortness of breath easily (light cleaning, walking fast, going down stairs, talking…). As a result, I have stopped most of my physical activity. Is this my life now?
I have been to the doctor several times and they have me on Albuterol (every 4 hours & with exercise), Prilosec, Claritin, & Singulair. The albuterol is paramount in my asthma action plan, but it makes me feel terribly shaky, irritable, and gives me headaches.
I'm feeling a little lost and confused and I feel like I am missing something. I just want to get back to doing things without feeling terrible.
Is there more I should be doing?
Any advice is welcomed and appreciated.