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Asthma? Need Help/No Health Insurance

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  • Posted By: Kathy K
  • December 31, 2006
  • 02:49 PM

Hi Everyone,

I'm new here and am happy to have found you all! I have the diagnosis of Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis and Sleep Apnea. The only med I have is an Albuterol Inhaler, which I've been using 3-4 times a day. I'm a nurse, but hurt my back and am now on disability. Since I worked full time all of my life (I'm 45 now), Social Sec. tells me that "I make too much money on Disability to be eligable for any type of medical assistance, etc...). I have no health insurance...nothing. I've only one dr. and he's not too interested since I lost my health insurance. He's aware of my complaints of shortness of breath, etc... but I can't afford any new medications, testing, etc... I can't even go to the ER like I used to when I have severe breathing attacks. My left rib area's (front and back) hurt badly for months now and I sometimes get chest pain near the left midsternal area, and am often short of breath. I'm afraid and can't get any help. I've contacted any and every type of company, Public Assistance, Prescription Assistance Programs, etc.... I've even contacted my State Senator and am told by all that I'm not eligable for ANY kind of help.

I just needed to connect with others and need support and encouragement. It's SO scarey to be without health insurance. I feel like a second rate criminal when talking to doctors/pharmacy's, etc... since I lost all health coverage.

Thanks for listening and ANY feedback would be very welcomed.
Kathy K.

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  • my son has also asthma and he doesn't have any insurance. do you know any help.thanksmaria
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  • I have recently been diagnosed with adult onset asthma. As a tennis player I am still in disbelief how I can't run without chest pain. Its all new to me, happen after a lung infection.I have been on steroids for a year inhaled and injected. They help some but do not help enough to allow me to jog anymore.I am finding avoiding the antigens is much better than any of the steroids.Something is causing the inflammation in your lungs. Its probably something in the air. dust mites, molds and various other particles.So you need to filter the air comming into your lungs somehow.1. Make your house anitgen free - hard to do but can be reduced2. Get a hepa type filter and run it in the rooms you are in the most. I put one in my bedroom and it helped more than I expected.3. I am experimeting wearing a Ventilator mask (From Sears 40.00) around the house all weekend. I even slept in it. Wow, it did help, no snoring according to my wife. If your lungs are not being bombarded by antigens the inflammation will quite down. The steroids do this quickly but they are only a bandaid they do not address the source.My analogy is the kid the gets poison ivy on his arm every 3 weeks. Is it better to keep putting steroids on the rash or tell the kid not to play in poison ivy. Avoidance is best.I am allergic to molds, dustmits, cats dogs etc. - Usually just stuffy nose no pulomonary problems until recently. I took a trip to Az. and stayed in the mountains 6500ft. for 6weeks.I was a bit in disbelief, I could breath better at 6500 feet than in michigan and for the first time in my life had zero post nasal drip. No snoring no drip no medications needed. When I returned to michigan my head stuffed up within 20 minutes and the post nasal returned. I got so conjested that in about 10 days I had to get a steroid shot to keep working. I found that dust mites can't live past 6000feet and mold really can't replicate at near zero humidity. I had much more energy too. Basically I got lucky and found a place with low antigen counts. I can't say that for everey place in Az, Phoenix was not nearly as good, probably air pollution there.I would try to wear a mask as much as possible and see if your symptoms improve.http://www.achooallergy.com/mask-3mHEPA.aspI orded this mask as the one from Sears is a construction type cleanup mask and is a bit heavy but works great.Allergy proof your home as much as you can. There are probably some good sites on doing this. Me, I am just going to sell mine and move.
    rjonesod 5 Replies
    • January 13, 2008
    • 09:15 PM
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  • I had adult onset asthma as well. I was using 2 inhalers 3 times each per day. Before the asthma started I had tons of other wierd symptoms. Rashes, apneas, bloody nose, chronic fatige, ankle adema, dirt taste in mouth, yellow or green diahrea. I was sick for 2 years until I saw a Pulmonary doctor. He put me under and did a Bronchioscopy, but while he was in there he manually cleaned out my lungs and took biopsies. From that day forward I have not needed an inhaler.I was exposed to some type of enviornmental toxin, but no one knows what it was.I had many symptoms of a Fungal Infection and saw many doctors. All were baffled. If your asthma started after your trip to Arizona... look up "Valley Fever". I highly reccomend getting your lungs "cleaned out". You won't need an inhaler anymore. But you MUST keep your bed linens washed one or twice per week. Dust mites are a killer and cause my Asthma to kick up slightly. You can also bomb your house. Certain types of bombs kill the mites.
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  • I had adult onset asthma as well. I was using 2 inhalers 3 times each per day. Before the asthma started I had tons of other weird symptoms. Rashes, apneas, bloody nose, chronic fatigue, ankle edema, dirt taste in mouth, yellow or green diahrea. I was sick for 2 years until I saw a Pulmonary doctor. He put me under and did a Bronchioscopy, but while he was in there he manually cleaned out my lungs and took biopsies. From that day forward I have not needed an inhaler.I was exposed to some type of environmental toxin, but no one knows what it was.I had many symptoms of a Fungal Infection and saw many doctors. All were baffled. If your asthma started after your trip to Arizona... look up "Valley Fever". I highly recommend getting your lungs "cleaned out". You won't need an inhaler anymore. But you MUST keep your bed linens washed one or twice per week. Dust mites are a killer and cause my Asthma to kick up slightly. You can also bomb your house. Certain types of bombs kill the mites. I do not have health insurance and i am getting this same feeling a lot in the mornings or sometimes throughout the day...i also seem to have asthma issues but when i have them, i am usually wheezing more than having shortness of breath. i think that when i feel like i can't get a good deep breath, its anxiety. if i sit there for a minute and breath slowly i can finally get a nice breath and i usually figure if it was asthma i wouldn't be able to do that. my panic has been at its worst lately so i have been having a lot of the tightness...scares the heck out of me too...
    CorwinBrown 1 Replies
    • February 2, 2010
    • 09:14 AM
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  • I had adult onset asthma as well. I was using 2 inhalers 3 times each per day. Before the asthma started I had tons of other wierd symptoms. Rashes, apneas, bloody nose, chronic fatige, ankle adema, dirt taste in mouth, yellow or green diahrea. I was sick for 2 years until I saw a Pulmonary doctor. He put me under and did a Bronchioscopy, but while he was in there he manually cleaned out my lungs and took biopsies. From that day forward I have not needed an inhaler.I was exposed to some type of environmental toxin, but no one knows what it was.I had many symptoms of a Fungal Infection and saw many doctors. All were baffled. If your asthma started after your trip to Arizona... look up "Valley Fever". I highly reccomend getting your lungs "cleaned out". You won't need an inhaler anymore. But you MUST keep your bed linens washed one or twice per week. Dust mites are a killer and cause my Asthma to kick up slightly. You can also bomb your house. Certain types of bombs kill the mites. No, My asthma went into remission in Az. It actually was not in remission, it was actually a pulmonary infection. When the pulmonary tissue is inflammed it becomes hypersensitive to antigens. The air was so clear in the mountains that there was not enough antigen load to envoke a response. Back in Mi the effects were immediate 20 minutes off the jet. The air quality (in terms of spore counts) is much higher in Mi (summer) I was exposed to enviromental toxins (Stachybotris) which lead to a chronic pulmonary infection. It looked like asthma and was asthma but the Drs. Failed to use their thinking caps. NEW ONSET adult asthma is infectious until proven otherwise. Why? Because treating it as routine asthma will cause serious complications. 1. Chronic infection and inflammation causes tissue damage 2. Steroids quell the inflammation but increase the infection 3. Chronic inflammation can lead to clotting changes. Which in my case lead to Massive pulmonary emboli and near death. Now I get rat poison (Coumadin) for the rest of my life. Nice! The fix (although a bit too late) IV abs for 6 weeks cleared the infection. Energy and overall well being improved dramatically. Not going to be 100% due to damage but at least the downward 1.5 year spiral halted. Only took 10 doctors (Mayo missed it) to figure it out. The thing is I kept telling them it had to be infectious. It fell on deaf ears. I'm thinking a law suite is the only way to make these people pay attention for future patients. They never did run a pulmonary scope, thought it too evasive and relied on blurry Xrays. Cave man science at its best. Anyway no more inhalers for me!! I have since read of many cases of adult onset asthma being cured by taking zithromycin for 4 weeks. Most Drs. will not prescribe it for this. They will Rx zithro for a non cultured presumed infection from the common cold though. And they will prescribe steroid inhalers when they have no idea if what they are dealing with is walking pneumonia bacteria or fungal in nature. They simply shoot from the hip and go by the percentage of cases they see. I still have not contacted them to let them know what it really was. I wonder how many infectious asthma is treated with steroids? I'm thinking its a very high percentage. Not impressed with today's critical thinking in medicine. Too many robotic memorizing lemming Drs. and fewer with the ability to put together the pieces. It really is not that difficult. Its not rocket science :)
    rjonesod 5 Replies
    • February 3, 2010
    • 00:03 AM
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  • In these times where there are so many uninsured a lot of people are turning to natural remedies. Although with asthma there aren't as many options open in the natural remedy path. Here is an article going through some of your choices. http://altmedicine.about.com/od/aznaturalremedyindex/a/asthma.htmI believe that everyone deserves affordable health insurance and until that time comes you have to try and look after yourself and your family the best you can. Often that means exploring options you may never have considered. The internet is a wealth of information, use it to your advantage.Cheers Alice
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  • You may be eligible for a government program such as Medicaid at little or no cost. Call your state's local social services office for details. If you are not eligible for a government program, Blue Cross plans in most states have a yearly "open enrollment" period. You can't be turned down for this coverage if you pay the premium. Some states have "high-risk pool" programs in which you are assigned to one of several plans. This also requires you to pay a premium, but the state may help fund it.------------------------------------------ maryland health insurancemassachusetts health insurance
    tinkroper 1 Replies
    • August 31, 2010
    • 07:20 AM
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  • Aren't there different types of asthma, I mean, some asthma is more harder to deal with comparing to other types? Some air purifier brands like "Air Oasis" are claiming to be efficient (source:air purifier reviews).
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  • Hi Everyone, I'm new here and am happy to have found you all! I have the diagnosis of Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis and Sleep Apnea. The only med I have is an Albuterol Inhaler, which I've been using 3-4 times a day. I'm a nurse, but hurt my back and am now on disability. Since I worked full time all of my life (I'm 45 now), Social Sec. tells me that "I make too much money on Disability to be eligable for any type of medical assistance, etc...). I have no health insurance...nothing. I've only one dr. and he's not too interested since I lost my health insurance. He's aware of my complaints of shortness of breath, etc... but I can't afford any new medications, testing, etc... I can't even go to the ER like I used to when I have severe breathing attacks. My left rib area's (front and back) hurt badly for months now and I sometimes get chest pain near the left midsternal area, and am often short of breath. I'm afraid and can't get any help. I've contacted any and every type of company, Public Assistance, Prescription Assistance Programs, etc.... I've even contacted my State Senator and am told by all that I'm not eligable for ANY kind of help. I just needed to connect with others and need support and encouragement. It's SO scarey to be without health insurance. I feel like a second rate criminal when talking to doctors/pharmacy's, etc... since I lost all health coverage. Thanks for listening and ANY feedback would be very welcomed.Kathy K.http://www.freemedicalcamps.com/
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