Hi everyone! Last August I was dx'd with asthma, first time ever. Adult onset, at 59 years old. I think I had it as a very young baby, and after we moved to a very cold climate it went away, at least as far as I knew.
I went to the doctor because after 3 weeks of increasing shortness of breath, as well as increased wheezing, I found I was really struggling. To do anything. I thought maybe I had pneumonia! But nope, my dr said I had asthma. They gave me 2 nebulizer treatments, wow I felt a bit crazy after that, in fact I told my husband that I thought I would run home alongside the car! They sent me home with a prescription for prednisone, I think it was for 5 days. Those were the best 5 days I've had in years!! So much energy! Then it wore off… I was also given a rescue inhaler, and then after the spirometer test they also put me on Qvar. Six weeks later no better, in fact I had to go to the ER on Thanksgiving for shortness of breath when my inhaler just wasn't helping enough. Nebulizer treatment there. Another dr appt and another round of prednisone, but nowhere near as "fun" as the 1st one.
They switched me to Advair from the Qvar, as there was a COPD component… not sure what they meant by that. The Advair is better than the Qvar, however I still get short of breath upon any kind of exertion. I haven't even tried to go back to the gym yet, I get short of breath just walking up the stairs, picking up our small shih tzu, walking up the driveway partway. I guess I'm wondering, is this it will always be, will I always be short of breath like this, or should there have been more improvement.
Still so very new to this so any help or advice is greatly appreciated!