Hello. I've been experiencing really bad asthma since mid-March. It actually started last February, but it has gotten significantly worse these past few months. My asthma has never been too bad. I'd have to do a few puffs when I'd wake up in the morning and then I'd be good for the rest of the day. I know that's not an ideal situation, but it was manageable and the asthma symptoms were very mild. Showers are also a trigger. October of 2017 my mom and I moved into a new house. It's a new construction house and it's built in a little neighborhood in a clearing. We also bought a new couch that following January. Then in February I started to have to do my inhaler in the middle of the day. I thought it was a weird flare up that would go away. It did not. I've gone through countless inhalers this past year. I think I've become immune to albuterol at this point. I have to do more and more puffs at a time(I'm currently at about 10-12 puffs at one time. I know this is not good). I went from doing my inhaler once a day to two to three times a day. Usually once when I wake up and once before I go to bed. Oh, also I switched from Proair to Proventil.
So fast forward to mid march(on a Friday) I woke up and had an asthma attack. Now, I haven't had an actual asthma attack in about ten years, so this was alarming to me. I did a bunch of puffs of my inhaler and sat on the nebulizer until it finally calmed down. I thought that would be the end of it, but I flared up again that Sunday, and it hasn't really calmed down since then. I started taking prednisone that Monday though Friday. I honestly can't tell if it did much. I guess it kept it from getting worse. I have also had problems with mucus. It felt like I had fluid in my lungs. It was really bad. I had about a half bottle of bactrim left over from an ear ache that I took. That helped a lot with the mucus, but I ran out of it just as it really started to work. The next week I started using Qvar. Now you must be wondering why I wasn't using something like this all along. Well, I made the mistake of reading the side effects and I got scared haha. Now after a few weeks the Qvar pretty much got rid of the inflammation in my airways near my throat, which is where I usually feel asthma symptoms. But now I'm having asthma it what feels like the bottom of my lungs. It will get really tight there and I struggle to take a deep breath. Oh, I forgot to add that since mid march I've had problems taking a deep breath. It feels like my chest muscles are tight and won't let me take a full breath. It will finally release after a few days, but it always comes back. I went to the doctor two of three weeks ago and got more bactrim(which I took for 7 days and then I couldn't finish because it was making me gag when I took it) ad the dr gave me flovent. I didn't think the bactrim was working, but then I had about four or five days of really good breathing. I regret not finishing them. Also I think I have a mucus plug on my right side that comes and goes. I'm not able to cough up mucus because my cough is so dry. I also can't lay down or lay forward without my asthma flaring up.
I'm sorry this is so long and all over the place. My asthma is just so all over the place. It's literally different every single day. Sometimes every hour. I haven't even been able to tell you everything. I want to go to an asthma doctor, but I don't have insurance. I can't figure out what could have caused this sudden worsening. I'm sure pollen has something to do with it, even though I've never had a problem with pollen before. I guess that doesn't matter. I wonder it there's something wrong with this house. Maybe the air vents. Last year I thought it was the new couch because I'd have to do my inhaler after sitting on it. I'm just not sure anymore. I've pretty much given up trying to figure it out. I'm emotionally exhausted from having to deal with this every day. I feel guilty using my inhaler because it's so expensive. I go through at least two a month. I can't even get a job to pay for them myself because my asthma is so bad. I thought that once the Qvar/Flovent starting working I wouldn't have to do so much of the albuterol. It's weird that it just made my asthma move to a different part of my lungs. Also when I do the nebulizer it barely ever works.
Ok. I should stop here. I'm starting to ramble. I probably shouldn't have written this at three in the morning. I'm sure the grammar is terrible. I'm sorry for that haha. If anyone has any sort of advice I'd appreciate it. Thanks to anyone who read all of this!