I wake up coughing/wheezing with mucous in my lungs? Symbicort/Advair only give marginal relief. Only time I feel ok is when using prednisone. I've been trying to do this with a week to 10 days of 20 mg for three days followed by 4 days of 10 mg and then going two weeks without. Effects?
Hello TommeA and welcome to DC. One topic you didn't mention is food as it relates to your symptoms. Among other things I have discovered in my life is that food allergies don't necessarily have to make you violently ill to be allergic to them. For instance, when I gave up most dairy products... my post-nasal drip and phlegm cleared up by itself.
My husband also has had terrible problems with post-nasal drip, wheezing and just plain GUNK!!! At the age of 62 he has had dramatic relief by stopping most grains, added sugar, dairy EXCEPT yogurt by BROWN COW PLAIN or CABOT GREEK STYLE PLAIN 10% MILK FAT. There is an ingredient in most other yogurts that is BAD TO THE BONE for lots of people. That ingredient is L.casei. Although Cabot has that ingredient, apparently it doesn't affect him using this one only. There is a book and website called, "Know The Cause". It is a dot com website. My husband did the whole cleansing thing first and followed it religiously. Now about 9 months later... we do NOT eat pasta in any way, shape or form. The only fruit he eats are blueberries, granny smith apples, ruby red grapefruit, black berries or raspberries. We also gave up peas and substituted green beans. NO CRACKERS... the only bread we eat is from the Alvarado Bakery - whole wheat. It is a sprouted, whole grain product. We do eat oatmeal from steel cut oats - long cooking version only. He also drinks herbal teas without fruit flavoring.
So, it may sound boring but it has worked for us and your problems go deeper than how to mix up the prednisone. At the dose you are taking, you could end up with bone problems like I have. I got pumped full of steroids growing up for one infection after another. I have had one hip replacement already and biding my time for the other one. Those kind of things you don't want happening... mind could have been avoided if I had known then... what I know now.
Just throwing some food for thought (literally) out there for you to ponder. But the food thing, I strongly suggest you consider along with the book, their website and if they are on TV in your area. We get them locally. I am in Connecticut.
Best of luck and I hope the rest of your journey is smooth sailing...
Hi Tomme, sorry for the late reply! Prednisolone/steroids, work great for short term ailments, asthma, skin conditions, etc. However, this medication does affect the immune system. If you are taking it long term, for many years, if/when it is discontinued, your immune system is compromised leading to essential treatment to prevent/treat when picking up illness (very easily). You are as susceptible as a patient recovering from cancer or heart disease, for example. So occassional doses to treat short term symptoms is the best way to go
Welcome to the forum. Although I am absolutely no help to you whatsoever, I appreciate you posing this question. I just turned 60. I've had allergies since childhood, but ignored them. I've had animals all my life, became a Master Gardener last year and have a rescue for large Parrots. We still have horses, dogs, donkeys, chickens and goats. When we built our aviary we planned it to have its own heat/cooling system and we have many of the very best air cleaners placed all around the house. Finally it has caught up with me and I have asthma symptoms this year. What I've been able to control with just an inhaler before, I needed a nebulizer last month. I am symptomatic only at night, same experience of waking up coughing up my toenails, or wishing I could! It was quite terrifying for me. My MD is lifelong asthmatic and is very understanding. He made some med changes but did not say the S word yet, as in Steroids. I'm terrified of the side effects, but I guess it beats that feeling I had of choking to death on mucous. For the first time in my life I wondered, "Is this how I'm going to die?" (Endless Pred will come back and say, Yes, if you don't get rid of your animals! ;) That's a topic I will face someday, not today. But TommeA, I truly feel for your situation. The side effects of long term Steroid use are scary, but living with the coughing, wheezing, hacking, reduces the "quality of life", that's sure. I guess I just wanted to whine, commiserate and watch your post for answers that I might learn from. I'll add you as a friend so that we can PM in the future. I wish you the best in finding some relief for this condition.
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