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Asthma diagnosed.

Had my meet today with Dr who confirmed i have asthma i am so anxious i feel sick i just want to crawl into my bed and never come out.

how can i stop being worried.

Help.

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I've had asthma sInce I was 9 months old... I'm 31 now it's a pain in the arse sometimes but if it's managed and treated properly it doesn't have to stop you... i have to take more care at certain times of the year... winter being one of them

But with proper treatment it can be managed very well for most people

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I have had it for 11 years and I still feel the way you do! I'm told if can be managed really well with a plan and the right meds. If your gp doesn't do it, get them to write out a plan on what to do in various scenarios, like different peak flow measurements and gave a stash of meds at home for those scenarios. I feel more confident when I am the one in control.

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I was diagnosed 3years ago. Yes it's frightening but you have to learn it's part of you as is your arms and legs. The important thing is never go anywhere even if it's just in the garden without your blue inhaler. Any questions no matter how stupid you think they are just ask, there will always be someone on here who will do their very best to help. Sending you gentle supportive hugs

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Hi, It’s hopefully not the end of the world. I was described as a chesty baby and had my first hospitalised attack aged 4 when we briefly got a pet dog (he had to be re homed.) I am now 43. Life is a balancing act, identifying and then avoiding triggers, getting the right medication. Generally mine is well controlled but an inconvenience and has been socially isolating as I can’t go anywhere that cats/dogs have been. The smoking ban changed a lot of restrictions for me, smoke being one of my worse triggers. Asthma has limited and dictated my friendships and social activities but I am happily married with 3 children so I guess I am doing ok really. I just feel like I have missed out on a lot, but am grateful for what I do have.

Good luck.

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I can understand it was a shock to hear the diagnosis, but most asthma suffers have it under control. While asthma may not be the nicest condition to have, it is far from the worst and not the end of the world! You will soon learn how to control asthma and should be able to enjoy a full active life.

I suffer from amyloidosis, COPD plus asthma, I also have severe spinal degeneration, thyroid and heart problems, but at 73 I’m still going strong and enjoying life. The point I’m trying to make is don’t allow any health conditions to control your life. So you can stay in bed, or get up and make the best of things.

Chin up

Nick

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Nick

Thank you for your support and advice.

Merry Christmas

Digg

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My pleasure. Have a great Christmas, remember to have our best friend handy (blue inhaler). One tip, don’t make a telephone call during an asthma attack, you may be accused of making an obscene call!!

Nick

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Hi all,

Our advice on dealing with an asthma attack is here: bit.ly/2xvsLej

If you feel worse at any point while you're using your inhaler or you don't feel better after 10 puffs or you're worried at any time, it's important to call 999 for an ambulance.

Take care,

Dita

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Sorry that you have asthma. One of the best things is to be informed about what you can do to help yourself.

Someone else said to get an asthma plan from your GP or asthma nurse at the surgery. Then as you start to learn how to manage it you will know what to do on days when it gets better or worse. This means you have some degree of control over it. There is loads of information on Asthma UK website but if you are unsure then phone the UK Asthma helpline. The nurses are very informed, and very kind and helpful. All the best to you and hope that you soon find the best ways of managing it and getting on with living a full and happy life.

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I have had asthma for 65 years. If you can get on the right inhalers, or other treatment it can make a big difference. Mine is relatively well controlled at the moment as long as I don’t catch a cold - and there are lots of viruses out there!

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