COPD/Asthma & Me 4 Today – An IGE, Xolair & Questions

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Reflections--COPD Here is a good example of how strong my commitment to be willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling COPD and Asthma.  It is that responsibility which I want to take seriously even when I expose myself to my feelings of silly with sometimes little insight, little knowledge and a few questions.

But with this social media stuff I know I can reach out to others who are fighting the same or similar battles and hopefully get some input on others who may have had similar happenings and/or diagnoses with similar programs of medical attempts at help and/or remedies.

As I have shared previously I am one who has been diagnosed with late Stage III COPD after a life-long fight with Asthma which alone is not the most common path to COPD but it is where I am at.

Recently my wife, my physician and I agreed to check with a second pulmonologist to see what else might be done to make breathing a little easier to find each day.

The new pulmonologist put me on two puffs, twice a day of symbicort which seems to be loosening up the lungs a bit, but has not taken away the SOB (short of breathe) I get when doing nearly anything physical and made my voice goes into a muffle mode any time I talked more than five minutes.

I was asked to have some blood drawn to check for allergies and the results were – my immunoglobulin E number was 336 when apparently it is supposed to be3 like 114.  My physician told me the tests showed I was major allergic triggers to cat dander (which I already knew) and a list of house dusts and air pollutants.  Sometime in the next week or so I am hoping to see a more complete list of just what keeps causing me problems over and beyond my COPD.

My physician now plans to talk with the new pulmonologist about putting me on something called Xolair, saying I would get a shot that would last a whole month and should make me feel a lot better.

I have tried to look up information about Xolair, but only seem to find a lot of medical jibberish which I do not really understand.  But if the doc thinks it will help then we will give it a try and go from there as I would love to be able to do more than just a few minutes of walking or a short ride on my exercise bike without having to sit down and rest.

My two questions for the day are obvious:

1 – – has anyone else been tested for their immunoglobulin e and if so what were the results and game plan to follow up?

2 – – has anyone else been prescribed Xolair and if they have, how did it work and did they have any side effects?

As always I appreciate any and all input, information, feedback or insight – but would appreciate comments left at wheezingaway.com if you would.  Thanx.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

As always I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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2 thoughts on “COPD/Asthma & Me 4 Today – An IGE, Xolair & Questions

    • Glad to know I am helping keep the spirits up of another COPDer…….be sure to follow my facebook page ‘COPD Travels’ as starting next week I will step beyond my own postings and start posting upbeat thoughts and highlight informational readings – all geared to help myself and others cope with the idea of having such an unpredictable disease like COPD/Asthma……………prayers and blessings.

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