I havent posted here in a long while - I used to be a regular here and would need to seek the advice of others here as my doctors were so bad in determining what was happening to me.
Long story cut short - I had a two year period of constant bouts of attacks and the worst thing of all was that I had no chance of getting my GP's to take me seriously enough to refer me to a consultant. In these two years I had a list of medication and this can be found on my profile. During this period of frequent bouts of attacks I almost became a nurse/gp and pharmacist as I researched every aspect. In September 2010 I had worst attack of all and then hit that rock bottom moment (thought that was it and im a gonner with one!) - I thought to myself im done suffering like this either they send me or I will go private now. Im not ready to die from an allergy now or ever. I saw a consultant within 2 months at the local NHS hospital.
He told me to start yoga and asked me how much exercise i did? To be honest I had an epiphany moment when I was being weight in at the hospital - I never took the fact that my body weight was causing this or was even a factor. Im 5ft all and petite and i was way over weight for my height for months i just said oh its the 8 rounds of steriod tablets i had..but this was November 2010 and i thought great more mince pies coming my way soon!
The consultant gave me the host of tests and said i think you have hyperventilation syndrome as well as uncontrolled poorly controlled asthma. You doctors have been piling on medication after medication all i want you to do is have the aminophylline as it is erratic enough to need it and use just seretide and ventolin. Start Yoga, meditation and more stress relieving exercises - (he looked at me and said) your stressed out from being ill. You need to stop now and address this one issue. I had a lung function test and the works.
I got home that night and hooked up the old wii fit machine and started googling for actual pranayama classes and found one 2 mins walk from my house. in two months i lost 8lb and saw a massive difference - then i kept going..by the end of feb 2011 i lost a total of 15lb. My BMI is down and Im down 5 dress sizes.
my asthma is still there - I still use my medication and my rhinitis is still there. But gone are days of wheezing and feeling faint. No more peakflow diary - I've taken control of my body, I went back to the respiratory consultant and he discharged me but reffered me to physiotherapy. He was pleased i listened to him and that i made a huge change in dropping the weight and lowering my blood sugar level too. I went back to the gp's and they thought it was amusing that holistic health care worked for me - I found it amusing as the consultant sent me the same letter that he sent them where he stated that they didnt know what they were doing.
I just want to urge people here to keep their medications as they are but add in more holitics health care things. Use Qi Qong, Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Pilates as your gp's to refer you to a nutritionist and get that checked out. Question your GP's, I still wonder why not one of them asked me what exercise I did?
If I never ended up having that rock bottom moment I dread to think where I would be now.
take care all.