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Hi all -

Just wanted to report that I had my allergy testing today. Two weeks ago I had my first true asthma attack and since then have been on a roller coaster ride with medications and learning about asthma. I'm new to all this and it's been such a learning experience.

I'm a 36 year old female and have been ignoring my sinus problems/allergy problems for about 5 years now. I just figured it's something that I can work through and will go away. Well, the past few years it developed even more and without fail, every winter after I get the "cough due to cold" sickness a dry cough would set in through the spring with bouts of "coughing attacks" as I call them. This year it escalated into an asthma attack two weeks ago.

I took 5 days of prednisone (40mg/day) which I finished last Friday. Let me just say this about prednisone, while I understand it's a life saver for many people - boy are the side effects evil. The side effects for me didn't really set in until I stopped taking it last Friday - I didn't taper, just stopped after 5 days. The heartburn is just about gone now, but I'm still miserably bloated and battling the hunger - it's all getting better but man, this past weekend was brutal with the heartburn. ANYWAY...

I'm now on singulair, pulmicort and augmentin for the sinus infection I didn't know I had. Today I had allegy testing and all the molds lit up like a christmas tree on my arm, nothing else. We moved into a 50 year old house about 6 years ago, and ever since then my husband and I have had more sinus infections than we care to count. It all makes sense now. Needless to say, we're moving!! Seriously.

Tomorrow I have an appt. with a pulmonologist as extra measure at the request of my family doctor, who has been great through all of this. The allergist wants to start allergy shots for mold, but I'm waiting to see what the pulmonologist recommends and what my family doctor has to say also.

Anyway, just wanted to give an update. Other than that, my lungs feel great - I'm actually contemplating starting my running again. I'm a runner and started having exercised induced asthma just prior to my asthma flare-up two weeks ago, so I'm curious to see how my lungs handle this.

I'm new to all this and have never had to use inhalers or take steriods, (did I mention I HATE steriods?), that's not to say I haven't needed them in the past, denial is a powerful thing.


I'm curious though...what have others experienced with Prednisone? Yeah, I also am an emotional basket case, but that's getting better as welll. A friend told me that even though I stopped taking the prednisone that it can take weeks for it to get out of your system or for your system to get back to normal.

Thanks for reading this far. :wave:

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