How Do To Recover From An Asthma Attack After The Immediate Crisis Is Over?

Question

Asked by Hazel

How Do To Recover From An Asthma Attack After The Immediate Crisis Is Over?

For people with occasional moderate attacks, what should recovery look like? I haven't felt like I've been bouncing back from the attack at all. I've been getting leg and hip pain, the kind I get when I run too many miles in a week, just feels like extreme exhaustion. I have mostly been able to talk normally again, although my voice is still weak and I'm still coughing a little.

How much pain/discomfort is normal from steroids/prednisone? If my legs hurt and I'm exhausted and dehydrated, is that from over-using or under-using bronchodilators? What does "every four hours, as needed" mean, anyway? Does that every four hours, unless I'm feeling great, or every four hours, if I'm feeling really breathless? Am I fatigued because I'm recovering from the attack, or because I'm still fighting it, and is there a difference?

Answer

I wish I had all the answers for you, but asthma is a unique illness in that it effects every asthmatic different. Likewise, what medicine(s) work for one patient may not necessarily work for another, which is why you'll need to continue to work with your doctor to determine the best medicine regime for you.

Yet, ideally, you should be able to obtain good control of your asthma. I wrote a post about this recently that might help you out. Just click here.

I'll try to answer your other questions too:

1. How much pain/discomfort is normal from steroids/prednisone? This medicine effects everyone different. While I have heard some who take this complain of leg discomfort, I never experienced this when I was on the stuff. Usually it makes me hungry and that's it. Actually, it gives me an unsatiable apetite.

2. If my legs hurt and I'm exhausted and dehydrated, is that from over-using or under-using bronchodilators? No. At least I have never observed this when I've overused my rescue medicine, and I've never had my patients note this. The main side effect of bronchodilators is nervousness, shakiness and, in some cases if used way too much, increased heart rate.

3. What does "every four hours, as needed" mean, anyway? Does that every four hours, unless I'm feeling great, or every four hours, if I'm feeling really breathless? It means if you're feeling short of breath, go ahead and use it. If you think you need it and you are not short of braeth, go ahead and use it anyway. It's a good medicine, and it's safe, so don't worry about using it too much. Now, every 4 hours as needed also means that if you need it more often than every 4 hours, your asthma is getting worse and you should call your doctor or go back to the ER.

4. Am I fatigued because I'm recovering from the attack, or because I'm still fighting it, and is there a difference? Good question. This one is not so easy to answer. Obviously if your having trouble breathing you may be using accessory muscles to breath, and your body might be working overtime to fight an infection, or to fight allergens, and this might cause you to feel tired. Plus if you're having lots of trouble breathing, you may not be getting adequate sleep even while you're lying down at night. All or some or none of this might figure into your fatique-ness.

5. And when can I start to push myself again? I would love to (slowly) run a 5k this weekend. I think it's great you have your mind set on running again. You might want to start by walking at first. At least then you'll be doing something. Yet don't push yourself too hard or too fast. You'll know when you're ready to push yourself again. You may also want to discuss this with your doctor, as he may want you to fully rest until your body has a chance to recover.

I hope this help. Feel free to ask if you have further questions, no matter how silly you think they might be. Always remember you are not alone in what you are going through, as there are many asthmatics on this site (like myself) who have been there, done that, and are willing to help if we can.

Good luck!!!