No, she didn't tell me how to use it. I guess she figured the pharmacist will tell me how & I could look up youtube vids about it myself too. But that's pretty risky of her since I was told by a couple acquaintances that you have to call 911 when using the Epi-pen & if so, I really don't need to use it. I haven't had any reactions to any foods, bee stings, etc. at all, except some gas to dairy products the last 1-2 yrs.
I guess the dr wanted to try giving me various things to see if they'll work. This is a new dr, which I just started going to due for this ordeal. I noticed she's NOT an MD. She has a D.O. after her name. I looked up what that was & it seems just as good if not better.
I kept a DAILY log of how I've been feeling, but these are the main events below:
Jan 23 - 1st symptom of very restless sleep due to upper back pain that night, but felt more internal like behind breastbone area, every position I moved in bed was painful. Rest of wk was no problem.
Jan 30 - Nasal congestion & 1st time ever of throat-closed up feeling, restless nights' sleep
Feb 1 - Went to ER due to mod/heavy sinus congestion, closed-throat feeling, & hard time breathing. Diagnosed w/ viral bronchitis. Given generic of Flonase & Zirtec.
Feb 21 - Dr appt #1 & given steroid shot & nebulizer ventrilator treatment of liquid med, chest x-ray, & blood test (to see about any food allergies), got 3 new meds:
1) Amox-Clav (antibiotics)
2) Methylprednisolone - 6-day supply, worked some, not obvious improvement
3) Ventolin HFA inhaler - used 2x so far, helped a bit
Mar 1 - Starting to finally feel better
Mar 10 - Dr appt #2, given EKG to rule that out, was normal. Also:
1) Omeprazole - for acid reflux/digestion - I don't think I need to take that
2) Epi-pen - to take as needed, probably won't have to take
3) Prim...zine - for runny nose/cough - I haven't had either so I probably won't take this...unless it's good for nasal congestion, is it?
4) Asmanex Twisthaler - to take as needed
Re: Asmanex Twisthaler - I watched a couple youtube vids on how to use because she just handed me that without telling me how it works. And I guess I use this now in place of the Ventolin HFA inhaler
MY MAIN CONCERN - My breathing, which at times feels like the lungs need to expand more &/or that I need more air. So I'd actually like to see a pulmonologist much more rather than an allergist.
Also, I never had asthma nor been tested for it, but I'm starting to wonder if I have developed this.