asthma

Malaysia
December 18, 2006 6:52pm CST
i have asthma. i had it since child. my doctor said that it will be away when i become adult. now im 27. i have used inhaler, brycanyl, neulin, ventolin and many others and none of them can cure my asthma. my asthma always keep me from my interest in outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and many others. i have to bring my medication together during the activities. i hope somebody here can help me figured out the best solution for my asthma.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
19 Dec 06
Your doctor was wrong. You don't out grow asthma, you can control it and it can go into remission, but you don't just get rid of it one day. Pre treating yourself before exercise helps prevent attacks. The key is preventing them, not just treating them. If you are having more than 3 attacks a week, find a new doctor and find a new plan to manage it. I have two children that are both asthmatics with totally different triggers and plans to keep them controlled. My oldest is a cheerleader and is doing fine.
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• Malaysia
19 Dec 06
im having attack almost everyday, i cant even stop using my inhaler. not even a single day without inhaler. id stopped using pills and tablets because im afraid of the side effects. some people said that the tablet or pills may effect your heart and kidney. find a new doctor is a good suggestion. i ll try it out. i just want a normal life. which nobody give you special treat because of you are one of asthma patient. you cant do this, this eat this, sometime it makes me feel sick. but thank you for your advice.
19 Dec 06
There is something I want to ask you, has your doctor ever prescribed steroids? My girls have taken prednisone during major flair ups. They are put on two types of allergy control medicines (Claritin and Singular) and a steroid for their respiratory. None of these things have any noticeable side effects on these kids. I have a noticed a HUGE difference in attacks when they use the steroids, it does lesson the attacks and the severity of them. In addition, do you use a nebulizer? That is the best way to take your breathing meds. Maybe some of these things you can ask your New Doctor about. My heart goes out to you. I know it is a horrible thing to deal with. I will keep you in my prayers.
19 Dec 06
I have never heard this about Prednisone. I did a search and not finding it either. Could you give me a source so I can check this out. My girls take it, so I like to read up on this.
@Zhanec (1652)
• Malaysia
19 Dec 06
u cant really heal it completely ,am i right??But i have a home made remedy recipe for u.I'm a chinese.Therefore v follow chinese traditional.This method had been passsing tru to many generations.My granpa used to cook "rabbit flesh and make it into soup..Cruel but yet its really effective.Comsuming this rabbit's soup will make asthama rest.
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• Malaysia
19 Dec 06
can u pass me the recipe, i would really appreciate your help. thanks
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Dec 06
having an asthma is quiet difficult if you know how to mange it..and be ready always if attacks occur..i have a daughter who have asthma but she doesnt think about it that much..it doesnt interfere on her daily activities..and now shes working.. she 23 yrs old
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19 Dec 06
My two kids also have asthma. I empathize with you. But I don't think you will be able to outgrow it. However, you will be able to control it eventually once you know what can trigger an asthma attack. Goodluck on you and I wish you the best.
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@Meljep (1668)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Some people have complained about medicines causing dependancy. Some have tried 2000 mg of Vitamin C and a small dose of Panothenic acid to be helpful in causing remission of asthma with success. Asthma is a very frustrating condition.
@DreTe95 (10)
• Malaysia
19 Dec 06
Perhaps I can help you here, I have such experience and now I am living as normal. How I did it? Few years back I was suffering light asthma and was relying on medication using asthma pills and inhaler, but it didn’t improve my condition. Later I adopted Abdominal Breathing Method (also known as diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing) and it really helps me a lot, now I can even play badminton and go jogging every morning. It was an accident that I found out this breathing method can help me overcoming my asthma problems. When I was studying in college last time, I have a good friend who practices Hatha Yoga and he told me about this breathing method. We were learning relaxation technique during our psychology class, and he told me that without using this breathing method it is difficult to achieve deeper relaxation. It was simple to recognize, while we inhale, our stomach expands and while we exhale, our stomach comes back to normal. If your chess expands while you are inhaling and not your stomach, it is wrong, you have to focus using your diaphragm to inhale. Once you are comfortable with it, it enable you to take in more oxygen into your body at a time because when your diaphragm contracts, it flattens and increases the space above thus allowing more air to be sucked into the lungs. This is really not easy to adopt it as our normal breathing, it might take you few weeks or even few months to master it. But once you can master this breathing method, I believe it will help you overcome your asthma problems. However if you realize, few months old babies are actually using abdominal breathing method, but after they grow up, slowly they change to normal Chest Breathing Method unconsciously. Since we were so used to Chest Breathing for so many years, it is not easy to come back to this initial breathing method. Once, I was having a terrible flu, and I was suffering breathing problems. I suddenly remember what my college friend told me about this breathing method and I start to practice it. At first I was very uncomfortable with it, and I felt even worst with my breathing problems. I still keep practicing it for about two weeks, and the situation start changing. For the first week, I only practice it at night before I sleep (lying down on the bed), after a week and when I felt more comfortable with it, I start practice it during daytime when I do normal work (However my diaphragm muscle was hurt after that because I force myself too much, this should be notice). Finally I felt just like normal, I never thought that I can overcome my asthma problems. Now I am using abdominal breathing as my normal breathing, I stop using asthma pills and inhaler. Here are some simple steps for you to learn up this breathing method: 1. Sit or lie comfortably, with loose garments. (I prefer lying down for the initial stage, make sure the surrounded air is fresh and not polluted) 2. Put one hand on your chest and one on your stomach. (you can forget about this after you are comfortable with it) 3. Slowly inhale through your nose or through pursed lips. (to slow down the intake of breath, relax yourself) 4. As you inhale, feel your stomach expand with your hand. If your chest expands, focus on breathing with your diaphragm. 5. Slowly exhale through pursed lips to regulate the release of air. (release the air slowly) 6. Rest and repeat (don’t overdoing it, otherwise you might hurt your diaphragm muscle) If you really felt difficult to master it, I suggest you learn from a Yoga master or Qi Kong master. Here is also some extra information for you to learn up this method: http://www.cchs.net/health/health-info/docs/2400/2409.asp?index=9445&pflag=1 My asthma wasn’t that serious, and this method works on me. If you felt it is not working fine, you should consult appropriate profession. Wish you get healthier soon.
• Indonesia
19 Dec 06
Dear friends, I think You must accep the condition of you but I don't say to give up for the chance to cure it. I think you must live yourlife just like usual. But just don't think about your asthma everyday. Cause I think if you've been emosional, it effect on your asthma Try to think positive first, make yourself happy There are lot of things else which usefull to think about everyday. Live your life by doing something that you can do although you have an asthma, make yourself precious by do some usefull things. Maybe writing, or do some business in internet like mylot:) Weel, I think the health of your mind will help the health of your body. So many people like Stepehen Hawking who evens can move a little bit has become such a great man. Maybe in one side you have something that bcome your minus, but I think in other side you have something that everone else can't do it like you Don't worry, just be happy
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@filannie (281)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
When I went to my doctor he told me that there's this sort of vaccine to actually stop my asthma attacks but the funny thing I didn't heed his advice and just left it alone. For me, there is no cure for asthma but it can be controlled and prevented. It does not mean that we have asthma we should not doing the things that we love anymore. In fairness, we should do some sports activities for it expands our lungs and it can help people with asthma. Me, I take ventolin inhalers and sometimes i nebulize.
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@kakuemmom (862)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I am also asthmatic and have just recently started takin singular and it is a miracle worker. I have not had to use my ventolin in a week and i was like you having one or more breathing problems daily. I also tried advair but it cause me to have mouth sores so now i take 2 puffs of Alvesco every morn and a singular and night and am doing great. Talk to your dr about singular it was mostly used for children but more and more adults are using it now and it works.
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• India
19 Dec 06
Asthma is very serious issuse in life.In this condition keep very careful.In this time used medicines.At a time injection,Deripillne,Decatrone is very powerful medicines or nebulization.In case used Aerocort Inhaler.
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@Mitraa (3188)
• India
19 Dec 06
Though we think it as a disease, it it an allergic interaction of our respiratory system. Mostly the allergenes are dust particles, pollen grains of flowers, smokes, very minute fibre particles escaping from our dresses... particularly winter-wears, furs of animals and certain cosmetics. Alongwith these, the effect of cold in winter makes it coupled with cough and the problem becomes acute. Till now I have not known any person completely recovered from asthma inspite of so many medications. But cases of minimization of asthma are there. Alng with medications please take proper care to keep distance from the above allergenes. If not totally possible, you may use nose mask at that time. It is advisable for you to avoid exposure to extreme cold and extreme hot environments. Also in your everyday routine you must maintain time and work normalcy as well as regulated and healthy habits to reduce asthma effects. Thanks.
• United States
19 Dec 06
their is no cure for asthma but it can be under control.it should not be preventing you from doing the things you love.i heard advair works well and controls it and it dont prevent you from activities either.i would see a doctor.
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@kei1314 (118)
• Taiwan
19 Dec 06
when I was elementary school student, my brother had a seriously asthma, so my mother taked my brother to seek many doctors but her all limit on traditional chinese medicine, because the western medicine has the side effect. My brother now is the helthy guy. Consequently, I suggest you can try to find out the best solutions for your asthma, such as traditional chinese medicine. Finally, you must understand some cases of asthma may be away when people become adult like my brother but, in the general ,the asthma just can control it rather than curing it.
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• Australia
19 Dec 06
I beg to differ sunshinecup - you CAN grow out of asthma...but it is in no way guaranteed! If you have asthma be prepared to deal with it for the rest of your life - so then if you do grow out of it then it's a nice surprise. But it is a very small percentage of people who actually do, most asthmatics will be able to manage their asthma better as they get older and be able to reduce the symptoms to almost nothing but it's still there...
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Asthma  - Asthma
My sister had asthma in her childhood by now she is fine by the Grace of God.And there are no symptoms of asthma!
6 Sep 08
I am 25 yrs old. I am having asthma ( i call it "Wheezing") from childhood. It was a lot worse at that time, there were no inhalers and had to depend only on medicines. Now due to inhalers i am feeling better. I take care that i dont take inhalers with steroids. Just plain ones.I have heard that steroidal inhalers might cause harm in the long run. I have had some of alternative medicines.Homeopathy, Accupressure and Ayurvedic medicines. Out of these Ayurvedic medicines are proving good for the long run.I am seeing the difference. From my childhood i was in a coastal area.Last year due to my job, i moved to a non-coastal area. The clean air proved good to me . I am having very less wheezing attacks since then. Try avoiding dust,smoke and especially keep your bedsheets & pillows clean from dust because they are great accumulators of invisible dust.I pack my bedsheet and pillow away "airtight" when i am not sleeping. Please practise breathing excercises (yoga) daily in the morning. In the long run, This helps in expanding the bronchial airways.
@rave883 (140)
• India
22 Dec 06
Today asthma is viewed as a chronic (long-lasting) inflammatory disease of the airways. In those susceptible to asthma, this inflammation causes the airways to narrow periodically. This, in turn, produces wheezing and breathlessness, sometimes to the point where the patient gasps for air. Obstruction to air flow either stops spontaneously or responds to a wide range of treatments, but continuing inflammation makes the airways hyper-responsive to stimuli such as cold air, exercise, dust mites, pollutants in the air, and even stress and anxiety
@patootie (3593)
19 Dec 06
Here in the UK I was prescribed SYMBICORT two years ago ... a preventative inhaler ... have to say it's absolutely brilliant .. I went from being hopelessly puffed at the slightest exertion to hardly remembering I am asthmatic in ONE WEEK ... I'm not saying it's a cure all or that it will work for everyone .. but it's had some anmazing results here in the UK ... I went from needing to use two reliever inhalers a month to NOTHING in ONE DAY ... Since starting the SYMBICORT I haven't needed my reliever inhaler at all .. I can only liken it to the diffeence between trying to breathe through a narrow straw to breathing through a wide drainpipe .. No more being puffed in cold weather .. or when exerting myself .. just easy breathing all day every day ... and many others here in the UK are getting the same wonderful results :o)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I have had asthma since I was little as well, and used my inhaler a fair bit. I only had to use it after vigorous activity. Now, it's been many years 5+ for sure since I've used an inhaler. I don't think I've grown out of it though because my stamina still seems to lag when playing sports. Though perhaps that is because I have not had the proper chance to try and condition my lungs and therefore attain better stamina
• Jamaica
19 Dec 06
my cousin had asthma as a young child (about 8 -10 yrs old), and he claimed to have gotten over it by swimming in a heated pool as regular excercise. I dont know if the increased breathing while swimming had any benefit on the lungs and airway.
@noob123 (129)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I have asthma also.