Suggestions on recovery from asthma attack?

Answered on December 03, 2013
Created May 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

So I was recently (in the past 2 years) diagnosed with asthma. I was given the usual rescue and steriod inhalers and told I'd be fine. I found that the rescue inhaler made me shake and sweat and all kind of fun things which in retrospect I related to some serious adrenal issues.

Well 2 years later and I haven't touched an inhaler in over 6 months, nor used any other steroids. For some reason yesterday I had a minor asthma attack. The last thing I wanted to do was hit the abuterol, since though I've made good strides in improving my adrenals, I'm still very hypersensitive to any sort of stimulant. But I really want to be as cleared up as possible before my holiday weekend which will include a good long kayak trip and many fun activities, which I don't want to be all out of breath for.

So, I've taken some extra CLO, drank a lot of water and water keir, and took a zyrtec and some quercitin. The acute phase is over but now I'm left with that heavy phlegmy feeling in my chest. Does anyone have any suggestions for clearing up this residual inflammation/congestion without relying on stimulants?

[And just to reiterate, I am under a doctor's care, understand the seriousness of asthma, and if I had ANY doubt as to my health or safety I would not hesitate to take a hit of the inhaler that I still always carry in my purse.]



on May 25, 2012
at 03:33 AM

You know, it was a really weird day. I got hit with cramps and a pretty intense case of DOMS at the same time. I felt like my entire body was just attacked by inflammation. The weird thing was that my skin and digestion were fine, and they are usually the first thing to suffer.


on May 25, 2012
at 12:41 AM

I wonder what triggered it Kelly? Definitely worth trying to work out if there was an external trigger (I used to find rain & being out in the cold made my asthma worse, but thankfully it completely vanished over two years ago)



on May 24, 2012
at 11:26 PM

What I did was first to go gluten free. The constant stress hormone response to the gluten in my diet was what overtaxed my adrenals in the first place. Once I got rid of that stress, it was rest, salt, vitamin C, and more rest. It's been slow but I'm finally feeling a good bit better.



on May 24, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I don't think that the adrenals are directly related to the asthma. My inability to tolerate any sort of stimulants - caffeine, chocolate, abuterol, is directly related to my adrenals.



on May 24, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I have exercise induced asthma. I didn't know it was related to adrenals. What did you do to improve your adrenals?

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on December 03, 2013
at 09:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear that your having asthma problems. Its very scarey not being able to breath. I have asthma problems all the time. I've take Generic Prednisolone when ever I have asthma problems that don't go away with in a weeks time. Most of the time the Prednisone will wipe out the asthma and I will feel better but sometimes it doesn't work. So I must go back to the Dr.s. Each person is different. After taking prednisolone some ppl will feel better right away and others won't. If you are still having asthma problems after taking Prednisolone then I suggest going to your family Dr.s and perhaps even seeing a Pulmonologist. Asthma is nothing to play around with. You don't need to suffer. Asthma can be managed but like I said, each person is different. Take care of yourself, stay inside if there is an air pollution warning, do breathing treatments if you have a machine, take your puffer when needed, drink some Breath Easy Tea and breath some steam. Good luck to you and I hope you feel better soon.

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