Asthma And Atopic Syndrome


Asthma

I was diagnosed with asthma when I was eleven years old. As a keen semi-pro swimmer and athelete, being forced to slow down was quite devastating.

Then, when I was thirty, the asthma suddenly disappeared. I could cycle for miles again, and go to the gym. It was fabulous! Obviously I was still somewhat restricted by my epilepsy, but it was wonderful to be able to get out and about again, with no danger of asthma attacks.

Last year my hayfever and sinus troubles worsened, and I began to suffer from minor bugs on an almost weekly basis. Eventually I developed a violent cough which would wake me from my sleep and even a change of room temperature would set me off. I developed allergies on top of the allergies that I already have, and the psoriasis that has always been mild became far worse.

After many blood tests and general health checks, my doctor finally noticed in my records that I’ve previously had asthma. After asking me a few questions he ascertained that the asthma was back – with reinforcements – so I was back on the inhalers. D was instructed to dust every surface, shut the doors when he mows the lawn… and we both had to stop using aerosol deodorants.

I was prescribed the medication that you see here – including the plastic spacer, as the Becotide inhaler was irritating my throat.

It was the day that my doctor diagnosed my returning asthma that he realised that – with skin allergies, hayfever and asthma – I have what he called The Holy Trinity of Atopic Syndrome. Many people suffer from this condition without even realising, but there are some obvious physical symptoms if your doctor knows what to look for.

Throughout most of this year I’ve been fairly asthma free, but in the last few months I’ve developed a cough. Initially I put this down to a bug I had that actually gave me a cough, but it’s become worse. I’ve also been experiencing violent chest pain and the cough is now waking me in the night. My heart has been working overtime, trying to send oxygen to areas that have closed down to pinpoints – so yes, asthma can cause heart attacks.

Back on the inhalers for me today. I already feel better for it.

The moral of this story? Don’t be stubborn. If you have breathing issues and/or chest pains then please see a doctor.

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About Missus Tribble

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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7 Responses to Asthma And Atopic Syndrome

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I understand this article all very well , all three of my sons have this and before A Topic Syndrome Asthma was diagnosed they were all tested for Cystic Fibroses …. thank God they did not have that! Anyway their childhood was filled with cold, cough , cough cough , inhalers, physio, hospital visits to see the “Specialists” time as inpatients usually emergencies!
    Anyway long story short , they are all grown and busy men all left home I pray they stay healthy . Two of them are still on inhalers due to their but they make effort to stay normal and healthy. The third seems clear so I have my fingers crossed! Their child hood was a nightmare but they have survived so fingers crossed they stay well they deserve the break!

    • I’ll be needing medication to control both my asthma and my epilepsy for life, but so many people don’t heed the symptoms of asthma and spend their lives wheezing and coughing. Ironically my asthma returned a year after I quit smoking – but I thought I was just coughing the yuck out as my lungs cleaned themselves out. Imagine my surprise when I was told that it had returned and the reason it had lain dormant for so long was that smoking *soothes* asthmatic bronchioles!

      I’ll take inhalers over cigarettes any time though. Also, I’ll listen to D in future and keep inhaling the meds!

      • willowdot21 says:

        Yes it is a long old drag holding down Asthma let alone epilepsy as well, my lads all take their meds because if they do not they suffer and I mean suffer! About the smoking soothing asthmatic bronchioles! well yes you could knock me down with a feather too. Keep smiling please keep taking the meds! ;) xxx

  2. My daughter has asthma, and it is scary! So glad you have it back under control.

  3. I’ve got the hayfever and eczema, I’m praying desperately that I will never complete the set. You’ve got the right attitude with regards to taking the meds – you do what you have to do to get yourself a decent quality of life.

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