March 17, 2010 5:39pm CST
right now i am having major asthma issues and have been to see my doctor (yesterday) and my resperologist (a couple of weeks ago) but still feeling out of breath and breathless (no, i dont smoke, never have, never will) so my question to all of your who suffer with major illnesses and chronic conditions is: how do you cope with your issues? i need some ideas!
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• Shingle Springs, California
17 Mar 10
I've been dealing with chronic pain since 1989, Fibromyalgia originally, later a herniated disk and arthritis. How do I cope? I just cope. I find things that make me happy and I focus on them. I do things to minimize my symptoms. I avoid things that aggravate my symptoms. That's pretty much it.
• Puerto Rico
25 May 10
My daughter suffers with asthma too. She uses Advair once a day which helps her feel normal. Its very expensive but if you have health insurance its worth it. I also have heard as a home remedy that a nice cup of plain hot coffee helps to make you breath. It opens the airwaves.
18 Mar 10
Hello cher913. I don't have any major illness or chronic condition, so I couldn't relate really. But, when my son was born he had asthma. We would be at the doctors or the hospital every month, before he was one year old. We would also have sleepless nights just watching his chest overnight, making sure that he did not have trouble breathing. How did we cope with it? I quit my job in the city, and we moved! The environment we were in was not helping so we packed up and left. Now, we are in a different country, where the air is relatively cleaner. I hope you get well! And then start a new discussion on how good you are feeling by then!
18 Mar 10
Hi there, I used to have asthma but it didn't come back now. But still, I am always very cautious about being exposed to dusty or bad breathing environment and thus, I try to maintain some cleanliness in my room and avoid places which have such condition. And in recent years, I got this recurring bad cough condition which makes me feel like my chest is tight whenever I cough. I tried to avoid foods that might cause my condition to be any worsen and I did heard that chewing mint leaves helps to make your breath easier but I haven't tried that yet. And also, I will try not to sleep in an enclosed room and/or sleep sideways or face down which does helps because I can breath easier. Maybe you might also want to get an air purifier.
18 Mar 10
I don't suffer any chronic illness that warrants me to see the doctor frequently except for my bp checks. In your case, I think you should take care of your food and your medications. Asthma can be fatal if not being treated well. It comes at anytime as my sister is an asthmatic patient too. But hers is under control. Take care care.
• United States
18 Mar 10
I also have asthma and winter seems to be my worse time. Around three years ago, I suffered greatly that winter. I could only walk up a few stairs at a time resting in between. Once upstairs to make the beds, I would need to rest after each blanket was laid on the bed. It is a horrible feeling to not be able to breathe and it is just draining. Although this may not be your problem, but I found out that the air was too dry in our house, we live in the north, with harsh winters and a long heating season. I now use a humidifier during the dry winter months and my breathing has greatly improved. I hope that you find out what is causing your asthma to act up and are able to rectify it. Maybe as another poster stated, you need a change of daily meds.