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Boise, ID
Member since Dec 2009
5115 posts

Any other asthmatics here?
I had asthma as a young child. The doctor told my mom to put me in sports and it would likely go away. The doctor was right, but it's made a return in the past 4 years. It started as an exercise-induced asthma diagnosis, but eventually it got to the point that I was using my rescue inhaler 4-5 times a day in some instances.

I recently went to an asthma/allergy center and the doctor was pretty appalled at my breathing tests. Said they were awful (he wasn't a dick about it, just straightforward) and he recommended a preventative inhaler. He put me on Symbicort, and for the first time in a couple years I feel like I can breathe normally. I rode 12 miles on my bike yesterday without needing to use my rescue inhaler beforehand, which hasn't happened in about 3 years.

However, I don't like being dependent on medicine. Has anyone else been on any sort of corticosteroid/LABA combination, such as advair or symbicort? Does anyone have any tips/tricks. My only side effects so far are a pretty insane increase in hunger (guessing that's the steroid) and what seems to be skin sensitivity. Oh and possibly the most important thing, I can actually pet my dog again.

Just wondering if there is anyone else here that's gone through their asthma coming back and needing indefinite treatment.

Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2016
3098 posts

re: Any other asthmatics here?
I have exercise induced asthma. Am 60 but always have had allergies since childhood. Only in the last year started a rescue inhaler before exercise. Advair is so expensive now. I used for a while but got off to see if I can do without.

Tennessee Fan
Vols, Bitch
Member since Oct 2012
30258 posts

re: Any other asthmatics here?
Had asthma from 3- late teens. Had allergies and sinus probs for 38 yrs. Have been on allergy shots 2 diff times. Once from about age 5-14. And again age 28-33yrs old. While i dont actively have asthma right now (at38) i battle chest tightness from allergies daily. I need to get back on allergy shots (would suggest these, they help alot) but if yours is exercise induced i guess its differrnt. My astma was always allergic induced.

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Atlanta Braves Fan
Member since Nov 2011
32027 posts

re: Any other asthmatics here?
I have allergy induced asthma. Symbicort is a godsend. It's a steroid that is designed to keep inflammation in the lungs reduced so that you don't need your rescue inhaler.

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