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11/18/08 3:36 P

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I agree with weightogo.
I was tested for allergies way back in the early seventies,, my greatest trigger is cat dander, mold on leaves and grass. This autumn weather is killing me!! I do sometimes get exercise induced attacks, but once your doc gets your meds regulated according to your needs, you just will be more aware of your body, your environment,,,
Sometimes if I feel an attack coming on, which by the way, I find rather freaky:: I start coughing,, just coughing, not gasping or whatever like on tv...
then there is the chest tightness, like no matter how much you breathe in, there is not enough air going in,,,that is how it is for me..
kind of like trying to get air in a soaked sponge!!!

just ask questions, get info from the doc, do what she tells you and don't get anxious,, it will get regulated, you will adjust,, we all had to go through it,,
do not hesitate to ask us anything though.. we are here for each other..
You will do just fine!!

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11/17/08 10:48 A

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Hi there...
I am fortunate to not suffer asthma but it's worse I think, as both of my children have it. I feel horrible for them at times. So I'm here to read a lot and just knowing there's others out there that go through the seasonal changes, the effects colds have on asthma...etc..helps a little. We've had a very difficult time recently for my younger son, who's 12. Emergency room visits...missed school...medicine changes. He was recently put on prednisone and takes a maintenance inhaler..Pulmicort and of course Xopenex as needed. We have an appointment for allergy testing to help him...but of course he has to be "healthy"...off all allergy meds, prednisone...etc for the allergy testing results to be accurate. I worry about the long term effects these meds may have to help him breathe! I know we don't have much choice obviously...however I have been told, the long term effects from not treating asthma correctly can be more concerning than shorts bursts of steroids. Can you tell I am a worried MOM?! Anyway...Hello to everyone...I'm glad this team is here!

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It takes a while to figure out what triggers your attacks. Writing things down can help you and your doctor. Tracking your nutrition and exercise will be very helpful. You might want to write down any exposure you have to environmental agents like cleaning products and dogs, cats, bug sprays etc. Once you know the triggers you can begin to reduce them and then you won't need to rely on the medications so heavily.
It takes a little trial and error to figure this out but eventually you will see a pattern.

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10/29/08 5:12 A

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Good to see you're getting yourself checked out. Ask for an asthma management plan and get it written down.

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10/29/08 3:23 A

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Hi Riannicole, asthma is not that bad. Just make sure you have all your medication with you all the time. I get exercise asthma and don't do as I must. But once in a while it does hit bad. Trust your DR and use your medication.

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Hello everyone. I was recently told I have asthma. And by recently I mean maybe a week ago going on two. And in that time I've already had 2 asthma attacks. The first one is how we figured out I have it. My boss sent me to the doctor after complaining I couldn't really breath and my chest was tight. The next asthma attack was even worse... a week later. I ended up in the ER.

I go back to my doctor on Thrusday to talk to him. So I'm hoping this team will help me with all that I need to know.



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