Mothering Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
442 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
To begin with, I am allergy girl. Severe allergy to grass and newly allergic (as of this fall) to mold and dust mites as well. I had started shots in January but they suspeneded them due to my pregnancy. They are so bad in fact that they have me taking three allergy meds throughout my pregnancy to keep it in check...because if it isn't controlled the steps they would have to take afterward could harm the baby. So far I've never had any issues w/ asthma at all. My sister has severe asthma though and she is actually visiting at the moment which is VERY helpful!<br><br>
Well that has all seemed to change. I woke up at 4am yesterday morning to pee, went back to bed and couldn't breathe...for the next two hours!! It was the scariest thing. It got a bit better after I took a shower, but not much and finally just as I was getting ready to decide to go to work or not I could breathe again.<br><br>
After much calling back and forth w/ my midwife, allergist and then my primary I ended up seeing my primary (with a major vent about my &*^%R%&*&^ allergist's office who "couldn't fit me in" and suggested I go to the ER if I was concerned!! GRRRR!) last night and he gave me a prescription for an albuterol inhaler and a spacer (the spacer at my sister's insistance).<br><br>
So far I haven't had to use it... thank goodness... and I hope I won't have to. I was not breathing really well all day yesterday...sort of breathy is the best way to describe it...but seem to be okay today. Hopefully it won't happen again, but I have the albuterol just in case...worth the copay just for the piece of mind to carry it around w/ me!<br><br>
Never a dull moment!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,441 Posts
Hey, that must have been a bit freaky for you. Sorry to hear you had an attack. I've been asthmatic for about 25 years now and I always hate the attacks. Albuterol will help you with the immediate "can't breathe" symptoms. I did want to let you know it has some side effects that, while they aren't harmful, can be a bit unsettling if you aren't prepared for them. But don't worry about taking it. It's safe for use by pregnant women, as my physician (and a lot of internet researdh!) tells me.<br><br>
The most common side effects are anxiety and faster heart rate or palpitations. You may also get a little bit shaky in your hands. The anxiety mainly comes from the weird unsettling racing heart feeling so if you know that's what's going on, you can control your feelings a bit better. If you do find yourself feeling anxious, then do something to distract you. Watch TV or a video. Go for a walk with your partner. Play a video game. I find that distracting myself often makes it go away.<br><br><a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/albuterol/article.htm" target="_blank">Here's a link</a> to some online information about the drug, including side effects (at the bottom of the page).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
447 Posts
I too have asthma and am on a daily med, actually two delivered at one time, to control it. I rarely need to use an albetural for a sudden flare up, usually only when i forget my daily meds. One thing hat makes me feel better about medication is to realize that the baby needs oxygen and that need out weighs the risks to most medications used for asthma. Still it is best to find your triggers and try to avoid an attack all together.<br><br>
I hope you are feeling better today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,441 Posts
My doc and midwife both told me that the stress and anxiety of an asthma attack is MUCH worse for the baby than any asthma medication to prevent such an attack.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,188 Posts
Just offering a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Hope you're feeling better right now.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
442 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
My grass allergies didn't start until I was in my late 20's and hit me like gangbusters (one summer I was fine, the next my eyes were bright red, oozing discharge and it was all I could do to not rip them out of my head from the itching). I've been on three meds each spring and summer since (I'm 37yo now).<br><br>
Last summer the allergies really didn't stop after mid summer when they were supposed to and they had to put me back on all three meds year round. This is when they discovered my allergies to mold and dust mites. They also had to treat my eyes w/ steroid drops because my eye drops stopped working and they were on the way to getting really bad like the first summer I had problems (they were about a 4 compared to that first summer being a 10-15!). The eye dr said it was one of the worst cases of allergic conjunctivitis she had seen and I was on the drops for 2 months.<br><br>
I had started to undergo allergy shots in January (they take 5yrs to complete the full treatment) but they had to stop them once I became pregnant. If I had been taking them for at least a year or close to it, they would have continued but it was much too soon into them for them to be sure I wouldn't have a reaction.<br><br>
My sister has severe asthma that she didn't get diagnosed until she was 34yo. She works on a cruise ship and her major triggers are cigarette smoke and mold. Both are kind of hard to avoid on a cruise ship (where close to 90% of the crew smoke!) in the Caribbean! She is sooo knowledgable about asthma now she tells her drs info they didn't know! Hers is so bad that she walks around with a portable nebulizer. I'm really lucky that she's visiting right now (in the middle of a break from her job for 3mo) and can help me w/ all of this. I walked in from the drugstore that night and she looked over my spacer and taught me how to use it and gave me tips about how to use the albuterol the best way as well.<br><br>
She told me all about the safety of it as well... she knows how anal I am about taking meds in general, never mind when I'm pregnant.<br><br>
I've been breathing a lot better since my "attack" so I haven't had to take any albuterol. Not sure what brought it on but I'm glad to have it just in case. In conversations w/ my sister I've since learned that my dad has asthma and my aunt had severe asthma so we are all really prime for it. I'm going to have to watch Bethany like a hawk now!<br><br>
Sis is going to give me one of her peak flow meters and I'm going to start recording them morning and night just to see how I do.<br><br>
Thanks for all the good wishes and advice :)
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top