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This may just be me wishing to vent-however, I want to see if anyone else has had any luck with asthma just going away if you try to exercise/eat right and NOT use any inhaled steroids?? Just a thought.

I have a long history with an allergist (saw an ENT years ago but he said it was allergies and I needed to be tested). Got tested/bloodwork, whole 9 yards. I had not had any of this done and had suffered for about 5-6 years with it. I found I was allergic to some things, and got on Zyrtec- and later, Cyproheptadine and Singulair and also various nasal sprays-all of which cause my nose to bleed and get sore. Plus, raw throat. I just can't do the nasal sprays. So, I tried with my allergist for about 2 years however- since beginning allergy immunization treatment in summer of 2006 I have constantly got sick nearly every 3 months with "sinus infection". Treat with antibiotics and steroids (horrible prednisone that I am convinced is the Devil's own spawn) and repeat repeat....nearly every 2-3 months. I almost got worse on the shots. However, Dr kept saying my levels were improving. But I felt worse.

Now, I am seeing a Nurse Practitioner....I realize this is not the same thing as a specialist but there is an Allergist there available. I went to see the NP for the first time and she diagnosed me w/ asthma. My old allergist kept saying I had "re-current symptoms" of asthma but not exactly full blown however he would put me on Advair for a little while and I feel I got WORSE after ceasing that medicine....it was just too expensive even w/ health insurance to take! I did not find it to help, however the NP thinks it will over time long term. I am just concerned with being on an inhaled steroid like that. Yuck!

She has also began to treat me w/ a course of antibiotics (Biaxin which I have taken once before when I was near death sick-it helps but its such a nasty one that my stomach does not react well to it). I'm trying to stick it out with it as I am getting better w/ the stomach problems on day 2 already. I also worry that being on all these antibiotics has made me immune (already) and that may be why I never seem to get better! I feel like i'd sound like a hypo if I tell the NP this though. She seems very thorough and has done 2 nose cultures on me, plus had me inhale albutrol to see if it helped w/ the lung functioning and it did, but I only improved by 17% but still.

So, I guess I just wonder...has anyone else gone through the ringer with all of this and decided to just STOP the meds? Any luck at all? I would like to hear others' stories. Note: I did get bronchitis a lot as a child, was around all of the allergens I'm allergic to right now though never was tested as a child, but allergies runs in my family.





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