I've had many of these symptoms much of my life but they've really taken off steadily over the past year or so. I'm new to the diagnosis of asthma, not allergies, however. I've had allergies since I can remember, I will never forget my experience with penicillin the one time I took it as a child (twenty-nine now). A new GP finally sent me to see an allergy and asthma doctor recently and I was surprised to learn my lungs were functioning at around 52%. I had been using a Ventolin inhaler and never knew the asthma was a major issue for me. Many of the breathing issues, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other issues I just chalked up to anxiety and stress. I don't have much energy right now and simple tasks are exerting me. I guess I should've pushed the issue with my symptoms earlier and maybe things wouldn't have gotten as difficult as they are currently.
My new asthma doctor started me on Symbicort and assigned me a spacer, however, he said the asthma is resistance to treatment thus far. My lung functionality has gone up to 60+%, I was naive to think that was a good, steady improvement until he told me it wasn't. I've been getting nebulizer treatments everytime I go in and have gotten a few at urgent care, they seem to help a lot. Unfortunately, my insurance wouldn't cover the Dulera he wanted me to start in place of Symbicort. Until that can be addressed I am currently on Symbicort, Spiriva, and ProAir as my rescue. I had some blood taken for an ABPA panel to see if something related to that is causing the resistance to the treatment he talked about (had it done today). I'm currently on a prednisone burst to help as well. I delayed posting on here for a while due to my embarrassment of neglecting my health or missing signs that I should've sought help sooner. It's been raining here for at least a week and it's gotten even worse, I'm not sure what to do at this point. I guess I'm looking for some support and hoping to meet some people who experience allergies and asthma in the meantime, educating myself on these two issues that I've neglected for years now. I look forward to reading what y'all have to say on the forum and taking in advice from people who go through these issues as well.