I was diagnosed at age 60 with chronic, hard to treat asthma and have been in and out of the hospital with worsening flares. I am currently on medical leave and everything in my life now revolves around my illness. I have 3-4 medical appointments weekly, am limited in daily activities, don't sleep, etc., etc. While I can't control my asthma, I don't want it to take over my life. I fear I've become my disease. Any suggestions of what I can do to gain some control, to get some small part of my life back?
I truly feel your pain, I've been a severe asthmatic my entire life. I would start by evaluating your environment... what I mean is, Try to eliminate all of you "known" triggers. Do you use HEPA filtration on your heating/cooling system and vaccuum. get rid of all unnecessary carpeting. Do you have any pets? What type of meds are you taking for your asthma? Also, anxiety plays a huge role in asthma control, sometimes getting anxious worrying about having an asthma attack can actually bring one on. I see this a lot in my profession, I'm a respiratory therapist.
This may be a drastic suggestion, however, I have heard people who say they suffered as you do from asthma, declared moving to Arizona was a relief for them. Observe your surroundings, are there things that can be done to give you a better quality of life? Changing your air filters monthly, each time you vaccum throw away the vaccum bag (take it outside and put it in the trash, don't leave it in the house trash can), if you can afford it, remove all carpet, dust daily, wash your bed linens in hot water. Use sllergenic pillows. Put on a face mask when outside. There are many small steps you can take to help the suffering. Hope you get better soon.