Now I know how Darth Vader feels.
July 27, 2014 4:47 AM Subscribe
So it turns the constant respiratory infections I've had for years, the endless hacking coughs, what I thought was whooping cough resulting in broken ribs during my pregnancy and the constant, constant disgusting mucus has been misdiagnosed asthma all along. What now?
posted by Jubey to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Yeah, I know, I should ask my doctor. And I have. Three doctors, five visits. Including an ER visit where I had a chest Xray which gave me the asthma diagnosis - after the other guys told me I had pneumonia/bronchitis/the flu. I don't, I have untreated asthma (thanks, every other doctor I've ever seen) which led to this chest infection I've had for two months. I've taken five courses of antibiotics which haven't touched the chest infection and now I'm dosing myself up on huge quantities of lemon, ginger and garlic which slowly seems to be working. I've been given steroids which did nothing, I've been given ventolin and symbicort which give temporary relief but that's not good enough, there has to be a better way to manage this than simply to throw drugs at me and tell me to keep an eye on it when I get a cold!
So, if you're asthmatic, how do you manage it? I've started researching this and I'm learning about the links between wheat/gluten, dairy and asthma. So starting from now I'm going cold turkey on these things and trying a paleo diet to see if this has any effect. I'll also be taking increased dose of fish oil and magnesium and vitamin D to see if that does anything. The Buteyko method of breathing has also come up. But basically, I'm really new to this so if you've found a way of dealing with asthma that doesn't involve wheezing and coughing your way through the day I'd love to hear it.