Friday, June 25, 2010

Off Symbicort - and Surviving

Quick update - Last month, I went off Symbicort.

While it may have been helping, I couldn't shake the feeling that, at least in warm weather, my asthma really isn't that bad. And with the improving weather, I felt crappier than ever AND I was getting yeast infections, a pleasure I haven't experienced in a good 10 years. (BLECCH.)

So I took myself off the Symbicort, making sure to always carry an albuterol MDI. And you know what? I've been fine. I'm also avoiding processed foods, exercising every day and trying to drink plenty of water. I still don't get enough sleep, but I don't expect I'll ever get that!!

Come fall, I'll find a new pulmonologist and make sure I'm set up for the cold weather. But for now, I feel OK. I barely need the MDI - even though I'm now in the city every day in 90+ degree weather.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish I was so lucky! Spring/Summer/Fall are my "bad" seasons (my lungs hate pollen, thunderstorms, smog, etc), and Winter is my "good" season. And I hate the cold!

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I hope that you get relief soon. I have a child with Autism as well.

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Matt said...

Oh, I can definitely confirm that cold weather can be miserable for asthma sufferers. I find most summers where there's not some kind of crazy pollen outbreak like there was his year, I can come off the flovent entirely. Come late fall and winter I am a mess. I find the flovent sometimes doesn't help all that well and, unfortunately, the pirbuterol gives me raging anxiety attacks.

Anonymous said...

I had serious rage issues on Symbicort- I am so glad I'm off of it. Justin