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[personal profile] killing_rose posting in [community profile] asthma
So I've got cough variant asthma, and this has not been a good week if, you know, I want to breathe between coughing. If I get one more, "OMG you're sick! Like, you must be really sick!" I will punch the next person.

Current preventative is Flovent HFA, but I'm highly considering bullying my doc into going back on Symbicort--that was effective on a regular basis; Flovent gives up about two days into me taking it.

But the rescue inhaler isn't doing much either? What the hell am I supposed to do? (Current answer: use the caffeine trick. Which is, thank gods, working.)

...And my lungs are rattling if I lie on my back for any length of time.

This is not a good week for my lungs.

Date: 2010-10-15 05:19 pm (UTC)
thistleburr: A burr from a burdock thistle. (thistle burr)
From: [personal profile] thistleburr
Yikes! Good luck. Do you find that steam helps you at all or does it just make you worse? Steam has helped me with this kind of coughing asthma before.

Caffeine is great for the short term but it's not so great when you need to sleep... ;)

In any case good luck! Hang in there.

Date: 2010-10-16 02:22 am (UTC)
jesse_the_k: those words in red on white sign (be aware of invisibility)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Also with the coughing variant: pirbuterol (Maxair) for rescue and salmeterol xinoloate for daily (Serevent). The weather's been terrible: somehow manages to be both dusty and mildewy.

Caffeine helps a little bit, but the most useful trick has been breathing out really slowly. It comes naturally when I'm swimming; that's developed my breathe-shallowly reflexes. If a pool doesn't figure in your life, you can come close to it by whistling really slowly.

Date: 2010-10-20 11:35 am (UTC)
thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)
From: [personal profile] thorfinn
I'm on Symbicort - I'm with you on the it's actually effective business. I've been on Seretide before, which made me feel all weird and twitchy. Symbicort doesn't seem to. :-)

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