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Paging the physical scientists ...

As I now know, my TDI is emitting 40x more NOx than the EPA allows. NOx is a major contributor to smog and asthma exacerbation. How much of this stuff hangs around my house? [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Sep 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Regurgitation of food

For the past few months, I've been steadily spitting up food after I eat. If it acts up it tends to keep happening for hours after I have last eaten. There was one time before I started GERD medication that I woke up in the morning with half-digested food in my mouth. Ack! I've had an EGD done, and he said it was normal, though he also said that he dilated my esophagus to 18mm, which is considered a normal width. I was on omeprazole and recently switched to lansoprazole, which isn't working as well. I'm getting heart burn now, too. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Aug 5, 2015 - 25 answers

How do you tell pulmonary embolism from asthma or anxiety?

Okay, you are not my doctor and I have an appointment with my doctor first thing on Monday but I just want someone to reassure me I won't die over the weekend and don't need to go to the ER. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Jun 26, 2015 - 19 answers

weeze. weeze. click. buzz. breathe. Help me fin a new nebulizer? weeze.

Long time asthmatic here. My portible nebulizer is over 10 years old and is coming to an end of its life. In that time nebulizers have gotten cheap (150-250 USD) in price without insurance and have changed dramatically. Ultrasonic technology and the appeal of 5 minute treatments has me very interested. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on May 13, 2015 - 1 answer

Breathing and running at the same time is hard!

I am making an appointment with my doctor to talk about exercise-induced asthma. She expects to prescribe me an inhaler. What will that be like? Has an inhaler significantly helped any of you with running or other cardio exercise? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Apr 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Arranging an interhospital transfer from a good hospital to a great one

My last question was about coordinating care among physicians at different hospitals. It's not working. Now I need to know the safest (but also insurance-covered) way to get my baby to the better hospital in a future crisis. Please share your interhospital transfer (or other related) experiences. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Apr 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Bleach Everywhere; Worried About Fetus, Cat, Plants

Help! Own a condo; HOA told us the wood porches would be painted this week after a spray wash. Workers just began to spray bleach everywhere on the wood to kill black mildew (wood was untreated after porches built 4 years ago). Concerns: 8 months pregnant asthmatic (me), our partly-tamed feral cat who spends much time on the porch, and a host of plants. I just watched as bleach misted down from the above porch coating everything on my porch. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I know if I'm actually short of breath, or if it's psychosomatic?

Back in the 1990s I had a lot of actual health problems mixed with some stuff that was probably psychosomatic. I had bad allergies and many episodes of shortness of breath, but while the allergies were real my doctors never figured out what the shortness of breath was about. Now my allergies are acting up, and after weeks of me worrying the shortness of breath would come back too, here it is. How can you tell if you are experiencing actual, allergy-related shortness of breath, or just having a panic attack about the possibility? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Mar 31, 2015 - 23 answers

Asthma: What to do about the dogs?

I have no idea how to handle this situation. I have two dogs; whom I love very much. I've always been a little allergic to them, but it seems to be progressing to asthma. I have no idea how to begin to figure out what to do. Seeking advice. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Mar 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Am I going to suffocate without opening my windows?

This is silly and at this point I feel like I should know better: I'm a little lost when it comes to using air purifiers and keeping windows open/closed. It makes sense that the less pollutants get inside the better, except I've never had to keep all the windows closed for long and I keep thinking that no fresh air will be terrible. How do normal people do this? [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack on Mar 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Coordinating medical specialists at different hospitals

After a terrible run of illness (and another PICU admission this week) we have seen a few different pediatric pulmonologists. The doctor we like the best doesn't have privileges at our hospital. How do we coordinate care? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Mar 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Sucks to your ass-mar (and your ass-piration?)

My 16 month old has had a winter full of back to back respiratory infections of increasing severity. She has an asthma diagnosis but after a recent terrifying episode and prolonged hospitalization, the pulmonologist is really concerned about aspiration. I'm in the process of scheduling a swallow study. Obviously YANMPediatrician, but please tell me about your experiences with children with severe asthma, or chronic respiratory infections, or aspiration. I'm currently scared shitless, so positive stories and reassurance are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

Will my kids stop getting sick all the time if I move south?

I live in a place with cold gray snowy winters. Despite no family history on either side, both my kids (1 and 4) have asthma that flares when they have a virus. There is still hope that they will outgrow it since they don't have symptoms when they aren't sick. The problem is that this winter they have had viruses All. The. Time. My mom keeps telling me that if I move somewhere warmer the kids won't be sick so much. I have great difficulty believing this and am curious what the hive mind has to say. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 14, 2015 - 36 answers

Insurance filter: Can a medical condition make a house inhabitable?

I had a sink overflow and flood a finished basement. After a really long fight, insurance begrudgingly agreed to replace all of the affected carpeting. I have asthma, and now that the remodeling has begun, the dust and/or mold kicked up caused triggered my asthma. I think the insurance should provide money for me to stay in a hotel. They said they only do that if the house is unfit to live in. I say that as I have a medical condition, making it unfit to live in for me. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Jan 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Feasible to recover from chest tightness/dry cough with a dog around?

I currently have chest tightness since this past July. I used to have asthma as a kid. I've gone to my primary care doctor about 3-4 times already. The following tests were performed: [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Very unpleasin' sneezin' & wheezin'

At the ripe old age of 40 something, I have been diagnosed with adult onset asthma. Nope, I wasn't one of those wheezy kids, so this is a whole new world for me. And no, I've never smoked. I'm getting a handle on the medical side of things, but it's the everyday stuff that is proving a challenge. [more inside]
posted by lawhound on Aug 16, 2014 - 17 answers

Now I know how Darth Vader feels.

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? [more inside]
posted by Jubey on Jul 27, 2014 - 27 answers

Rebuilding lung capacity still poor-ish years after quitting smoking?

I quit smoking years ago, but still run out of breath while cycling, long before my legs are fatigued. [more inside]
posted by morganw on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

My daughter is allergic to my fiancee's dog. Now what?

RelationshipFilter, more detailed: My asthmatic daughter is allergic to my fiancee's daughter's dog. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy on Oct 18, 2013 - 30 answers

Older, plumper, faster, stronger: asthma, jogging & Pavlov

I'm a life-long asthmatic, I take a steroid inhaler (preventer) daily and use a reliever inhaler regularly. I'm trying for the second time to complete C25k. I had to stop the first attempt due to life getting in the way. Second time round, I swear just the anticipation of sessions I did before is enough to make my chest tight. I'm struggling so much lately I've abandoned the programme and just go for a jog for as long as I can, which is 20 -30 minutes. That's ok, and I'm sure as far as exercise goes is better than nothing, but I honestly never even get to have tired legs before I have to stop; because I stop when I run out of breath. So I'm not totally unfit in grandma terms. I walk everywhere, dance, stretch well, am flexible, can easily get off the floor without using my hands. I'm not bothered about my (2st over)weight. But I'd like to able to get to the point where jogging makes me tired, and I think this automatic chest-tightening - and associated panic - is a reflex from a lifetime of asthma being an issue. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Sep 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Migraine Doc in Chicago

Hello, I am a long time allergy and asthma sufferer in Chicago. Recently this summer, I have been experiencing major headaches as the weather shifts dramatically. I have an ENT who has been working with me closely, but this is going beyond their area of expertise, as my sinuses, Eustachian, and nasal passages are clear. He thinks the problem/swelling is originating from above my sinus passages. (Sorry for TMI.) [more inside]
posted by dovesandstones on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

How to focus when my asthma inhaler makes me jittery and distracted?

After 8-9 months of escalating breathing problems, I saw a pulmonologist this week and was diagnosed with mild persistent asthma. He gave me a Dulera inhaler, to be used 2x daily. It's a mix of a corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilator (formoterol fumarate). It's definitely helping my breathing! But the bronchodilator is giving me serious jitters -- usually starting a few hours after I use the inhaler. When this feeling comes on, my hands shake, my body feels weird, and I have a hard time focusing on mental tasks. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Are air purifiers useful for asthma/allergy sufferers?

Are air purifiers useful for asthma/allergy sufferers? Our 11mo son is currently sick with pneumonia, is at high risk for asthma and our doctor has recommended a air purifier. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jan 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Another "No Health Insurance" Question

No health insurance, no primary care doctor, really low on cash (no credit card/no bank account) need a prescription filled. What now? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient on Jan 4, 2013 - 23 answers

AsthmaFilter: Medication options for the uninsured?

Current over-the-counter medication options for asthmatics? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Sep 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Two-part asthma question

Two asthma questions. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle?

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Newly inducted into the Asthmatics Club

I was just diagnosed with asthma. Doctor developed a treatment plan (to start off, prednisone, Qvar and Atrovent inhalers, and narcotic cough syrup so that I can start sleeping again), so I hope that the symptoms -- the violent, persistent cough, mainly -- will soon abate. But, going forward, what do I need to know about having and living with asthma? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 25, 2012 - 24 answers

Chronically ill over 40 and trying to conceive. Is it more than we can handle?

Help my partner and I feel less anxious about combining pregnancy with chronic illness after 40 - or should we not even bother? [more inside]
posted by Melusinewave on Jan 14, 2012 - 18 answers

The flu is gone, but my lungs still aren't working... doctor again?

YANMD... I had the flu about 3 weeks ago. I'm feeling much better now except I'm still coughing and wheezing. I have asthma, my inhaler works... But I'm using it more than I ever have. How long should I wait until I go back to the doctors? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Dec 2, 2011 - 14 answers

I'd like an order of asthma to go

Please give me your tips on combining running with exercise induced asthma. [more inside]
posted by bq on Oct 19, 2011 - 15 answers

How to clean my bathroom without suffocating.

Asthma-like breathing problems from bathroom cleaner. Tell me what ingredient in this bathroom cleaner I'm most likely sensitive to, so I can avoid said ingredient in the future. [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Jun 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Where are the Gyms/Health Clubs with Saltwater Pools in Charlotte, NC?

Do you know of any health clubs or any other organization that offer memberships to their saltwater swimming pools in the Charlotte, NC area? Preferably the NE side. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ on May 11, 2011 - 1 answer

Is 'throat malfunction' a thing?

Can throat muscles weaken or stop working? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Apr 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Wheeze, wheeze. Do I need an allergist or a pulmonologist?

Should I see a pulmonologist or an allergist? My asthma has become much worse recently, and I don't have a primary care doctor. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Mar 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Construction at work making me sick?

I think the construction in my workplace is making me sick. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 - 10 answers

winter + exercise + breathing: what's normal?

Winter vs. being out of shape vs. exercise-induced asthma - what feels like what? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Jan 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Asthma medicine in Asia: are there restrictions on import, and is it easily purchased?

I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Jan 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Could a water bottle with a built in carbon filter affect a child's asthma?

Could a water bottle with a built in carbon filter affect a child's asthma? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Would you like sprinkles with that?

What was this mysterious medication I took as a child? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Dec 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Why do I feel as if I'm suffocating?

Why do I constantly feel as if I'm suffocating, and what can I do to relieve myself of this feeling? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast on Jul 18, 2010 - 35 answers

Driving me (Dr.) Batty

Please help me identify the typefaces in this phony patent medicine ad. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Jul 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Asthmatics wanted: for anecdotes and advice.

YANAD, but you may be asthmatic with anecdotes! I'm curious about others' symptoms, treatments, etc. Back story and lots of questions! [more inside]
posted by itsacover on Jul 8, 2010 - 25 answers

asthma parents

My mum has been diagnosed with asthma recently, at 63. Last week she had to go into hospital. How serious is this, and how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 29, 2010 - 24 answers

Getting rid of asthma/chest congestion

Why has my asthma returned and how can I get rid of it again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 - 7 answers

I quit smoking then developed asthma.

I quit smoking two months ago, started running and weightlifting, am getting in good shape, and have inexplicably developed severe asthma seemingly out of nowhere. I have no insurance. I'm in NYC. Three questions: Why did this happen after I quit smoking? Should I see a GP or a specialist? How expensive are typical asthma meds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 - 14 answers


Is it normal for someone getting started in cardio exercise to experience this kind of pain/discomfort? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Apr 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Any differences, using Asmanex?

Yes, YANAD. But if you have asthma and are now using the Asmanex twist, let's talk. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Apr 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Is it the notorious E.I.A??

Bronchial irritation is cramping my (workout) style - is it an exercise class from hell, weed, humidity, or a combo of all there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Has anyone used the ColdAvenger?

Has anyone here used the ColdAvenger mask before, particularly if you have asthma? (Non-asthmatics also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by flod logic on Jan 24, 2010 - 2 answers

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