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Thanks Tom. Hearing words of empathy and support from those who have gone through it helps when you are so frustrated.

I've been wearing a cold air mask because that has been my highest need in the past. I've ordered a charcoal filter mask for pollution. That was a good suggestion. I've looked into them in the past, but the need wasn't as great then. This was a good reminder.

So, we officially have the worst air in the country right now. We've had quite a few yellow (caution for sensitive people) and yellow action alert days, but we officially went to the red air alert days at the end of last week. Red air is unhealthy for healthy people so think what it is doing to those of us with respiratory problems. According to the news, we will probably stay in the red air action alerts at least for the next 7 days. There is literally no end in sight right now. The air is so thick that you can't see a big mountain a mile a way. The "fog" is so bad at times that you can't even see more than a block ahead of you even when there are blue skies up above. The bad air is trapped under the good air and nothing short of a big storm will sweep it away.

I'm on Prednisone for the third time since November. I had just finished a 1 week round when I started my most recent higher dosage round on Friday. Aside from the weight gain issue, I haven't had problems with side effects. That is until Saturday and today. I have had periods of time when my heart has started racing. This even when I hadn't recently used my Albuterol. My resting heartrate has been about 129. I called my doc and he said it was the steroids. It is disconcerting to say the least. My coughing has been there, but not as bad the last couple days now that I'm on new cough medicine and stronger steroids, but where the coughing isn't as wearing, the medicine seems to be wearing me out just as much. Right now, I'm on SIX medications just for the asthma: Advair 500/50, Singular, Albuterol (4 times/day), Phenegren DM, Tessalon Perle and Prednisone. I also had a nebulizer treatment on Friday.

I'm also frustrated with how this is impacting my work. I missed work on Friday. I missed a couple days after X-mas and a a day earlier in December. That is 4 days in the last month. While I do have sufficient sick leave, my job isn't protected. Even when I am at work, I haven't been able to give it my all when I'm coughing constantly. Last week, it seemed that all kinds of "little" things keep triggering coughing fits because I've been flared so bad. Wish I could afford to take the time from work for several weeks and just leave town. I'm not sure I could convince them that it is appropriate use of sick leave though. ;) There are lots of people who just don't get how much it is impacting on how you function when you aren't in the emergency room or wheezing so they hear.
You are right. Once the inflammation hits bad, it seems that everything triggers attacks. Everyone at work knows that my cough is asthma. I make a point of telling them so they don't think I'm at work with something contagious. I always feel I have to explain things to the people I meet when I'm out and about because of the looks I get when I cough. It really isn't fun.

I do have my new mask that works well for filtering, but it doesn't warm my air. I get lots of funny looks for that too, but I just accept that.

I've never had much problem with colds and flu in the past, but I did have tons of sinus infections that triggered asthma.

I do have allergies, but it is really environmental things that trigger my asthma the most. Cold air and polluted air are just horrible for me. It's tough because I really do like winter. My lungs just don't. Inversions hit in mountain valleys when the cold air gets trapped under warm air. The air just doesn't move so the pollution build-up keep getting worse and worse. While my month-long inversion has finally blown out, my lungs are so inflammed that it is going to take a long time to heal.

I've never dealt with the "atypical" pneumonia before. That makes me feel that my lungs were just too worn down from the asthma. I still have coughing fits throughout the day, but finally have some "calm" in-between. I'm using my nebulizer regularly, taking singulair, Advair 500, and cough medicine (I have 3 that I use depending on the time of day). I'm just off the steroids for the last week, but I've never had three rounds before. Three rounds and I'm still having problems. Usually it is under control with one or two. I'm also on my second round of antibiotics. How frustrating.

How are your stomach and rib area muscles? Mine are sore around to my back from all the coughing. I'm also having some difficulty with my bladder muscles. With all the coughing, it is harder and harder to keep them tight enough when I cough.

Thanks for sharing your story. It is nice to have someone to relate with.

Warm dry climates are better for me with my asthma, but I really don't want to live in the hot year-round. Some people have difficulty with hot though, especially the humid hot. I'm not sure if there really is an "ideal" area to live with this.
[QUOTE=nsz;4190423]Dear Mountain Reader,

I was happy and sad at the same time upon reading your thread. Happy to see that others have similar problems, but very sad to hear that the doctors can not cope with the fight against your asthma.

My son, who is 3 years old, also has constant caughing due to his asthma. His main triggers are viral infections and cold air. He has been constantly caughing for 7 weeks now. We haven't been sleeping for so long now and my frustration just keeps growing. I am truly angry and frustrated! It is really tough not being able to do anything and seing your child suffer.

We live in Hungary and am in a "lucky" situation as there are many pulmonologists whom I can take him to. 3 different specialists and two pediatritians have seen him in the past weeks, but neither have been able to find a solution for stopping his caughing fits. His caugh is really hurting him, he shows me that the pain is worst in his neck. He hasn't been attending kindergarden for 7 weeks now. I really do not know what we will do if his asthma remains the same in the school years.

The idea with the face mask seems good! I will get him a ski hat, may be that might help.

Keep us updated on the reflux topic. My son is said to have reflux, which might have been triggered by all the asthma medication he has been taking. He now takes medication for reflux too. All sad stuff, but if at least the medication would help...

Hang in there!

All the best!
I know it is not good for them, but my child is 7 and has gone through this alot. anyways the only thing that helps her stop coughing is prednisolone, it is a steriod but it does work, we have ended up in er alot with asthma attacks and guess what they always give her, that pred, she is also on advair 45/21, singular 5mg,and now zrytec. well i hope this helps you. i know how it is when the cough for days every min on the min, it does drive your crazy that you can not stop the coughing for them,Kathy (ash777)

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