I have asthma first attack was at 48 and I'm 71 now; went 14 mo without an attack and then Feb. 2011 had an attack went to my doctor and he put me back on my meds plus short dose of steroids, but didn't help I just continued to have until several weeks ago I ended up in ER and then they admitted me, spend 4 days at St. Joe's her in Phx...I have been home couple weeks, stronger, driving AGAIN and able to go visit my sweet husband who is in nursing home with Alzheimer's (he broke hip Feb 2011 and went from dementia to Alzheimer's, I am now MOTHER). So the added stress is part of the Asthma. I'm not coughing now, seems that the meds including Verapamil to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), and a heart rhythm disorder that the doctor feels is caused by the use of steroids, which they still have me on! Plus I use my breathing machine, was every 4 hrs but last week only had to use it once...So sounds like a "catch 22" but I have 2 NEW top notch doctors (pulp. and heart) so I am confident that this will turn around...This presentation is right on and gave me couple more tips, plus showed me that I was doing the correct things.
THANKS for sharing.