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Old 04-03-2013, 11:02 AM   #31
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If you are having shortness of breath and your blood pressure problems, I would think you are having heart problems and not asthma problems. Maybe you should go see a specialist that can do some testing and make sure all is good or good as can be.
I agree. I am in the middle of a full cardiac work up because I have been having increasingly worse shortness of breath (especially with exertion), BP issues (except mine is low BP), palpitation/PVCs and none of my asthma meds seem to be helping and while my PFTS numbers have gotten slightly worse, it's not bad enough to explain my symptoms.

I would definitely go to a cardiologist in addition to a pulmonologist in your situation.

And yes, having pneumonia can definitely affect PFTs. My numbers plummet whenever I have pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma attack or allergic reaction.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:23 AM   #32
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I've been on Advair 500/50 since it went on the market, I think... it's been 10+ years. If I take it daily, I rarely have ANY issues. I only have real issues when I get bronchitis or pneumonia, which means I have to reach for my Albuterol and nebulizer.

It's been a great drug for me!
This. I recently switched from Flovent to Advair. I think they're basically the same medication but the delivery system is different? (Advair being the disk that you use to breathe powder and Flovent being the standard aerosol inhaler.)

Since switching to Advair about 6 weeks ago my symptoms have improved DRAMATICALLY. It's really something.

The only drawback is that inhaling that powder in the morning and at night makes me gag, every time. Sometimes to the point of wanting to vomit. The sensation passes quickly and the benefits are definitely worth it. I haven't needed my rescue inhaler once since switching to Advair.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:13 PM   #33
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If you are having shortness of breath and your blood pressure problems, I would think you are having heart problems and not asthma problems. Maybe you should go see a specialist that can do some testing and make sure all is good or good as can be.
Been there, done that. Spent 4 days in a hospital which specializes in heart issues. Was actually taken there by ambulance from a smaller hospital back in 09 with the reasons you stated, Tina.

They did lots of heart tests and luckily all came back good, according to the cardiologist I used to have. (before he retired)

It certainly is frustrating especially when I feel I've gone all the proper routes with the symptoms I have.

And thanks DisFan 07 for your response on the PFT readings being lower when I was very sick. Hope all your cardiac work comes back good.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:52 PM   #34
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I take Claratin in the morning and Singulair at night. I also have an albuterol inhaler, and have a prescription nasal spray, Flonase. I take the 2 pills year round, and use the nasal spray every morning.

I also make darned sure to get a flu shot every year. As it is, one year I caught both bronchitis and walking pneumonia. Not fun when you already have breathing issues.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #35
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I take a Flovent Diskus every day, and Ventolin when needed. The Flovent Diskus has done wonders for me, my asthma has improved with it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:26 PM   #36
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Zyrtec at night
Asmanex 1 puffs am and pm


Bad times:

Zyrtec at night + 50mg Benadryl
Claritan in am
Singulair
Dulera 2 puffs am and pm (Dulera is same as Asmanex [steroid] and ???darn can't remember the brochidilator - the brochiodilator by itself gives me the jitters; Dulera is a lower dose of it - except with two puffs...but then I really need it and it doesn't matter)
Albuterol rescue (only have had to use with excerising)

LOVE the Dulera!!!! (and Asmanex too) I was not a fan of Advair
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:49 PM   #37
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Usual:

Zyrtec at night
Asmanex 1 puffs am and pm


Bad times:

Zyrtec at night + 50mg Benadryl
Claritan in am
Singulair
Dulera 2 puffs am and pm (Dulera is same as Asmanex [steroid] and ???darn can't remember the brochidilator - the brochiodilator by itself gives me the jitters; Dulera is a lower dose of it - except with two puffs...but then I really need it and it doesn't matter)
Albuterol rescue (only have had to use with excerising)

LOVE the Dulera!!!! (and Asmanex too) I was not a fan of Advair
Dulera is formoterol (Long acting bronchodilator) and Mometasone (steroid). It's similar to symbicort (which is formoterol and budesonide) but the steroid in dulera is stronger.

My pulmonologist LOVES dulera. He thinks it's a wonderful medication. He does not like Advair and is not too fond of symbicort either(which is what I'm on....apparently I'm allergic to something in dulera)
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:53 PM   #38
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For anyone using nasal sprays with bad nasal allergies, have you asked you allergist (or pulmonologist) about Zetonna? It's a new nasal spray and it is absolutely amazing!

My allergist and pulmonologist both highly recommend it (actually....my allergist uses it herself) but it is brand new and very very expensive. They are finding that the majority of insurance companies are denying coverage for it right now (especially for mail order). We somehow got very very lucky and only pay $80 for 3 months with mail order.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:57 PM   #39
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Both of my girls are asthmatics, so we've been through a wringer of meds. Our current regimen for both includes: Singulair and Zyrtec on a year round basis, and albuterol inhalers for emergencies (they suck, we carry a battery operated nebulizer for bad days). For the younger, we also have Claritin-D and a new medicine called Q-Nasal in the mix. Good luck with regulation, sometimes finding the right cocktail can be tough!
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