I'm new here. But not new to asthma. My symptoms have progressively gotten worse in the last 10 years. In the last 3 years i've had a disgusting, productive cough. It started out every 2-3 days but improved some when I went on 1.25 Spiriva. Since a freak bout of bacterial pneumonia this past May, I'm worse than ever, coughing productively almost daily, all day long. This ranges thick, paste-like substance to thinner but always opaque. I've shown my photo logs to pulm and allergist and they say it's just asthma. I've had every test out there and have been on Xoliar 2.5 years. My allergies are not severe but my reaction seems to be. They all say I'm really "twitchy". I can't seem to get a handle on the specific triggers; it depends on the day. I have all the typical triggers (fragrances, smoke, dust). Coughing is also a trigger. Talking is now a trigger as well. My allergist thinks maybe I begin coughing up stuff when my "bucket it full". Full of mucus that is building up over time, I suppose. I could go on and on about all of the meds i'm on and other treatments and how much i've had to check out of my old life. But I'd love to hear you share experiences/ideas about triggers like talking, heavy mucus production, bronchial thermoplasty, nutrition advice or cleanses that do the trick? And i'm really curious about any experiences with National Jewish Health or other comprehensive, interdisciplinary centers that deal with asthma.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks!