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Doctors can't help, say asthma?

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  • Posted By: mulhollk
  • February 27, 2009
  • 07:15 PM

I just signed up after trying to help myself with my breathing. I hope someone can help me. I am a 33 year old non smoking female and have been diagnosed with asthma. I NEVER had asthma in my life. It all started in Jan 08 doing house construction. I was wheezing so bad and finally went to a medemerge. They gave me breathing treatments and x rays. They said they can see my lungs were inflamed. I had went to an allergist for over 6 months since they thought maybe it was allergies. I had scratch tests done and tried several inhalers. Now I see a pulmnologist. He made me get a PFT and I barely made it through that. Anyone talking to me realizes what a struggle it is to breathe. Luckily I don't have the coughing fits I use to have. I use to be very active and fit. I can't even take a flight of stairs without needing my inhaler. I am now on the strongest dose of Advair 2 x a day and still need the rescue inhaler daily. I gained so much weight over the past year since i am no longer active. I constanly have heaviness in my chest. Some doctors want to blame my pets but the tests came out negative and I always have had pets with NO breathing problems! I am so depressed now. I never went to doctors because any time I needed them they don't help. I did have a few chest x rays over the past year and nothing comes up. I was in the ER last Oct. from chest pains associated with not breathing. Asthma seems so general and I am tired of taking tons of meds, wasting the money and it not working! Now the pulmnologist wants me to see a different allergist hoping they can do more tests. I don't even get seasonal allergies. It did seem like it started with ripping out the 50 year old sheet rock. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it. I want my health and life back!

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  • Hi mulhollk, You mentioned this started during construction, I can relate to that as I work on alot of new builds & conservation for weeks at a time, It goes straight for my chest every time, when I get away from it I return back to normal. Its in no way as severe as yours but it could be the cement dust, I don't know if they would include this or other building material in standard scratch tests but its maybe worth considering. Have you finished the work now in your house ? is there building dust still around ? My brother became allergic to all household dust & became quite ill with it, it happened out of the blue for some unknown reason, anyway, eventually he recovered but has obviously to stay as dust free as possible. This happened many years back & he was given alot of steroids which has caused a problem with his sight many years later, due to over use of steriods. Anyway, it could be due to an allergy to construction dust.
    Tootsie 628 Replies
    • February 27, 2009
    • 08:39 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply. I know breathing in 50+ year old sheet rock dust did me in. I kept thinking once we were done with the room it would have been fine. I did have the dust in the house for close to 3 months. The room was totally gutted and all sheet rock replaced. That room is brand new now. I just don't understand why I still have the problem. They think it started from that but almost make it seem like it was bound to happen. I will not accept that since I have no history of allergies or anything! Even now I am sitting here and struggling to breathe! If it was an allergy it should get better. It doesn't matter whether I am home or at work. I live in NJ and within the past year went to Florida, Mass, TN, PA and VA! I even went through all 4 seasons and that doesn't seem to matter either! I guess i will sit through more tests. Doctors just seem to try to look for the easy way out it seems.
    mulhollk 1 Replies
    • February 27, 2009
    • 09:01 PM
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  • Allergys as far as I am aware can just start up out of the blue, even things that you where once okay with. Its obviously something to do with your construction work that has triggered this, I'm wondering about something like aspestos as if you breath that in it hooks unto your lungs & you cant get rid of it, but I would have thought something like that should have showed up, sorry I just looked back at your original post & you said your lungs showed inflamation. If I where you I would push for further tests on your lungs as you do sound quite bad with this & as your inhalers don't seem to be doing a lot for you obviously this needs seen too. If by any chance you where in contact with aspestos or some other contaminate this could casue a lot of damage to your lungs, so I would push hard & dont accept asthma as really there could be something else going on, its your lungs & your life girl, the sooner you get to the bottom of this the better...........insist now. What concerns me, as I said before I'm around this type of work, I dont always pay attention to things but safety would be in the back of my head and I take in wee bits of information her & there, many times I see warning signs to do with wearing breathing masks so not to breath things in as may damage lungs. I dont mean to alarm but as I said its your lungs, I'd want these things ruled out before I would just accept asthma on its own, I know asthma can be really bad in its own right but as you said this all started with construction work I would be airing on the side of caution. Best wishes......:) please also let us know how things go, good luck.
    Tootsie 628 Replies
    • February 28, 2009
    • 00:11 AM
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  • hi, mulhollk,Exercise induced asthma is quite common and the general consensus is to avoid those activities that trigger it, but avoiding all exercise is not necessary or a good alternative, since the right kind of exercises actually helps strengthen the lungs and helps to prevent or diminish asthma attacks.visit :Natural Health, fitness, beauty Care site below...for more detail of prevent asthma...
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  • Although allergies can happen at any time, I believe your lung inflammation is directly caused by the construction. Were you wearing a mask during this time? I highly recommend finding a certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine specialist to help you with this problem. Traditional Chinese medicine is brilliant for lung disorders of all kinds. Please visit www.acufinder.com and punch in your zip code to find a practitioner near you. I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine who developed adult onset asthma at age 33, and no longer have any asthma symptoms whatsoever (am now 42). Do you still have a cough? Do you have any nasal congestion? Do you have any phlegm? what is the color of the phlegm? Are your symptoms worse at night? While lying down? Best wishesDOM
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  • Don't know if this can help or not. Im a 39 year old mother of three and i know what oyu mean when you say you want your life back! Mine started with shortness of breath and really bad wheezing. Next thing i know i am in the er...within the past three months i have had three hospital admissions and two where i was not admitted. First it was copd then it was asthma because of the shrotmness and wheezing and coughing. finally after going broke i ahad to start going to the "free clinic" because we have no insurance. The nurse prescribed me medicine for GERD. I laughed at the thought and oh well, what can it hurt? I't been almost two weeks now and most of my symptoms are gone. i can sleep at night because the wheezing is gone and I am able to be mom again and make sure the household stuff gets done and no-one is getting away with anything because mom is in bed all the time. i still take my advair but I quit all the other stuff they put me on. I don't know but i hope that you find what it is. Couldn't hurt though to check out a GERD site and take some acid reducer meds. "Good Luck!
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  • I just signed up after trying to help myself with my breathing. I hope someone can help me. I am a 33 year old non smoking female and have been diagnosed with asthma. I NEVER had asthma in my life. It all started in Jan 08 doing house construction. I was wheezing so bad and finally went to a medemerge. They gave me breathing treatments and x rays. They said they can see my lungs were inflamed. I had went to an allergist for over 6 months since they thought maybe it was allergies. I had scratch tests done and tried several inhalers. Now I see a pulmnologist. He made me get a PFT and I barely made it through that. Anyone talking to me realizes what a struggle it is to breathe. Luckily I don't have the coughing fits I use to have. I use to be very active and fit. I can't even take a flight of stairs without needing my inhaler. I am now on the strongest dose of Advair 2 x a day and still need the rescue inhaler daily. I gained so much weight over the past year since i am no longer active. I constanly have heaviness in my chest. Some doctors want to blame my pets but the tests came out negative and I always have had pets with NO breathing problems! I am so depressed now. I never went to doctors because any time I needed them they don't help. I did have a few chest x rays over the past year and nothing comes up. I was in the ER last Oct. from chest pains associated with not breathing. Asthma seems so general and I am tired of taking tons of meds, wasting the money and it not working! Now the pulmnologist wants me to see a different allergist hoping they can do more tests. I don't even get seasonal allergies. It did seem like it started with ripping out the 50 year old sheet rock. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it. I want my health and life back!I too acquired adult onset asthma and I refuse to take steroid inhalers. I was told that I had asthma related to an allergy to molds (which I am not sure I believe anyway). First, I quit all dairy products (easy for me as I hated going to er) and no sugar and now wheat. I am sooo much better than I was. I only need my rescue inhaler 1 or 2 puffs a day and sometimes not at all. I also take supplements to help build my immune system up. Doctors only know (or many) how to prescribe pharmaceuticals. Advair is on the list of medications that Doctor's won't take. They tell you inhaled steroids won't hurt you but it isn't true! It will thin the lining of your lungs and causes damage from the first time it is taken, orally or inhaled. I have taken both, but not for long. Also, read about glutathione. I am taking NAC 600 mg per day, Vitamin B2, Vitamin c 3000 mg, Vit. E 1200 mg and selenium which will help your body produce more glutathione. There is actually a prescription for it that Dr. Whitaker ( an M.D) highly recommends for both COPD and asthma. Here is some actual studies here http://www.asthmaworld.org/SeGluPer.htmAlso, to see what actual nebulized Glutathione can do go to: http://www.apothecure.com/glutathione.phpAlso, drink pure water (filtered, not tap) at least 8-10 glasses per day. Lungs can heal, I am getting better and learning more all the time. There is also a medication that is actually a component of an herb (Khellan) called Intal. They now have it as an inhaler and it is good for people who have allergic asthma which I believe most asthma's are anyway, or an overactive immune system which in my opinion is better than having a lame immune system suppressed with steroids, antiobiotics and other drugs. Intal was actually discovered about 40 years ago by a physician who had asthma and he discovered an her in Egypt call Khellen that had the component that surpresses the histamines that cause the reaction. I'd say better than steroids any day. Good luck! Jan You can email me at mycaliforniaorganics@gmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 21, 2009
    • 06:29 AM
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  • I am experiencing the same problem. I have has a couple of asthma episodes in the past, but maybe once every couple of years. However, when we started construction on our new home, I had an asthma attack as soon as I walked in the door. I now have had asthma attacks every day for over a month. I am on two inhalers, singulair, I do the nose rinse twice a day. Now the asthma attacks are coming on stronger. Construction is almost done, but I am scared it won't go away once construction is done..It is very depressing to think I am going to have to live with asthma for the rest of my life. Maybe I will try acupuncture or the natural remedies?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2009
    • 05:23 AM
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  • Have you tried cleaning the air ducts in your home?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2009
    • 03:07 PM
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  • I just signed up after trying to help myself with my breathing. I hope someone can help me. I am a 33 year old non smoking female and have been diagnosed with asthma. I NEVER had asthma in my life. It all started in Jan 08 doing house construction. I was wheezing so bad and finally went to a medemerge. They gave me breathing treatments and x rays. They said they can see my lungs were inflamed. I had went to an allergist for over 6 months since they thought maybe it was allergies. I had scratch tests done and tried several inhalers. Now I see a pulmnologist. He made me get a PFT and I barely made it through that. Anyone talking to me realizes what a struggle it is to breathe. Luckily I don't have the coughing fits I use to have. I use to be very active and fit. I can't even take a flight of stairs without needing my inhaler. I am now on the strongest dose of Advair 2 x a day and still need the rescue inhaler daily. I gained so much weight over the past year since i am no longer active. I constanly have heaviness in my chest. Some doctors want to blame my pets but the tests came out negative and I always have had pets with NO breathing problems! I am so depressed now. I never went to doctors because any time I needed them they don't help. I did have a few chest x rays over the past year and nothing comes up. I was in the ER last Oct. from chest pains associated with not breathing. Asthma seems so general and I am tired of taking tons of meds, wasting the money and it not working! Now the pulmnologist wants me to see a different allergist hoping they can do more tests. I don't even get seasonal allergies. It did seem like it started with ripping out the 50 year old sheet rock. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it. I want my health and life back!Asthma is a complicated illness and it will be changed by seasons and pollen levels consult your gp if your symptoms get worse. What meds are you on, get your gp to monitor your peek flow, they may put you on crivent or ceritide both are equally effective.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2009
    • 06:50 PM
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