I've been having a severe asthma for about a year. I used to be a competitive swimmer but since last year I can only go swimming once a week and practice for 1/2 hour. If I try to do more or try to do any other type of activity or exercise I start having asthma. Sometimes I get shorness of breath during practice, but usually this symptoms start the night or the morning after I went exercise and this problem persist for several days or maybe weeks. It seems that if I get too tired, my airways just get inflamme and stay that way for long time and nothing seems to help.
I'm currently taking Advir 500, Spiriva, Intal and Albuterol but I don't see any improvement at all.
Since I'm also very allergic person, I was getting allergy shorts (inmunotherapy injections) but I got a severe allergic reaction from them last week and my allergist recommended me to stop.
I also has tried singulair, zyrtec, allegra, theophyline but nothing helped.
I'm start getting depressed about my health, since is not only affecting my swimming but also my work and my social life, I can't be as reliable at work since I'm always sick, now I'm afraid to travel because the last 3 times I tried I had bad asthma during the trips, and now I'm just stopping going out at night thinking that if I rest more I will get better.
Any idea of what I should do?
I would head for a Pulmonologist pronto. Almost sounds like pneumonia may have set in?
Are you taking any NEBulization treatments? When I get upper respiratory congestion I can say my general meds seem useless, as I am not clear enough for those to reach my lungs. NEB - treatments generally do a much better job.
Also, I generally would be prescribed a taper dose of Prednisone during those bad times.
I had pneumonia last year, since then my asthma got real bad and i haven't been able to recover.
My new pulmonologist is now recommending me Xolair, this is an injection treatment that block IgE. hopefully this would work, my only concern are the side effects, doesn't sound good at all.
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