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Eosinophilic Asthma

Hello Everyone, I am excited about this new group of fellow asthma sufferers! I live in the suburbs of Chicago. I was diagnosed with asthma in my late forties. It progressed from exercise induced asthma to border line COPD. I never smoked a cigarette, but grew up in a family of smokers. For years my asthma was never in good control and I was in and out of the ER and hospital and taking prednisone and different inhalers. I also suffered with many sinus infections. Finally my doctor did a simple blood test to check my eosinophil count and it came back very high. This causes inflammation in the lungs. I have now been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Asthma. I go once a month for a biological shot called Nucala. This has helped me immensely! I also take Breo inhaler. Nucala injections are very costly but I am fortunate that Medicare and my supplement Plan G cover the cost. Thank you for letting me share my story!

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So glad you are here and thank you for sharing your story!

Cara

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Would you tell me how high your ensophil count was? I think I want to go this route.

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Hello, My eosinophil count was at 525. Normally, it should be under 100. Anything over 300 qualifies you for the biological shots such as Nucala which I take. Hope this helps you.

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It does help.. Thanks. Kevin

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How long did it take before you knew the Nucala was working?

Do you have things under control with inhalers?

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I receive a Nucala shot once a month. I did not feel a difference in my breathing until after my 2nd injection. I also use an inhaler called Breo daily. Right now my asthma is under control for the most part. I also have a lung condition called Bronchiestasis which causes my bronchial tubes to stayed clogged up with mucus. This causes me to cough a lot so it is hard to tell if my asthma is truly under control.

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I'm glad you have something that works. I just started taking Nucala too and notice a huge difference in my asthma control.

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I have all the symptoms of e asthma but my numbers are not high...so my adthma copd is not well controlled at all

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I’m jealous! I have Medicare only and Nicklaus/ Xolair are completely out of my reach. I’ve been hospitalized 23 times in the past three 1/2 years I’ve been diagnosed. I’m 72.

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I received my second shot of Nucala 6 days ago. No difference in my breathing yet. I have severe chronic asthma, COPD, Common Variable Immunodeficiency and a few other things. I take Breo Ellipta, Spiriva Respimat, ProAir Inhaler, Daliresp, Theophylline, Singulair, Methylprednisolone, and IVIG Gammagard every 3 weeks. Still not under control.

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Do not lose hope in Nucala yet! I heard that it sometimes may take up to 6 injections before your body adapts and starts to feel a change. I hope that you will get some relief very soon!

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Hi Shortobreath. My asthma took a turn for the worst a year ago. I started getting extreme short of breath . Would become short of breath walking a short distance. Always had allergies and sinus problems. But only diagnosed with asthma in my late fifties. I went to an allergist and asthma specialist. . I went through allergy testing and he also did a blood test. I have extreme inflammation in my lungs. Prescribed me Breo inhaler and Nucula. I'm very sensitive to medicine. Have you had any side effects from Nucula?

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Hello LadyDi24! From your symptoms and asthma history, it sounds like you are a good candidate for Nucala. I do hope that you will find relief with this medication! The only side effect that I have experienced with Nucala is a headache which only lasts one day and is not so bad that I can't function. More of an annoyance. Good luck to you!

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