Asthma and Perimenopause

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Hi all...

I've recently been told I have asthma. I first noticed symptoms about a year ago but had no idea it was asthma related. At the same time is when I first noticed premenopausal symptoms and have tried to read up as much as possible on the subject.

My asthma nurse told me that hormones play a part in developing asthma and could be due to premenopause.

Has anyone else experienced this?



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    Hi Dora yes I started in menapause last June and since had 2 bad asthma attacks and have also been diagnosed with it. Never had it until menapause xx
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    Hi Dora - I am 60 years old, I have been post menopause for 5 years.  I started experiencing shortness of breath thinking it was panic attack related and finally went to allergy dr to find out I had allergy induced asthma.  I suffered from allergy induced asthma 20 years ago after our home underwent flooding from a bad storm and the mold & mildew really got to me.  I have been symptom free for almost 20 years!  Now out of the blue, asthma! I recently have come off a bad B/P drug & all my menopause symptoms have really ramped up.  I read that woman who have asthma, that there symptoms go away during pregnancy, but come back during menopause & it most certainly can be hormone related.  I find it interesting that I have just had my hormones evaluated & was diagnosed with elevated cortisol & I was getting all my shortness of breath attacks around dinner time and the allergy dr said that is when the cortisol levels either drop or increase - so I am wondering if all these woman who complain about anxiety attacks & shortness of breath, aren’t really just experiencing asthma’s worth a visit to your allergist to get checked out - hope this all goes away for us soon -

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      Thanks for reply Debra!

      It's very re assuring to know that other women are experiencing or have experienced the same thing.

      I had an asthma test at my local surgery but was not offered the allergy test.. maybe should mention this to my g.p.

      I'm 42 and been having these symptoms for about a year now.

      I'm currently under treatment for the asthma and trying to monitor it.

      Interestingly, as you mention about anxiety/panic attacks..symptons are very similar and agree with you that there might well be women out there who are actually asthmatic.

      Hope you feel better soon too x

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    I have suffered breathlessness in peri and one of my friends developed asthma, hormones are atrange things as I never suffered migraines in my life but have the auras. My sister-in-law and another lady I know developed epilepsy so all sorts of things seem to come on in menopause
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    You are very insightful. I have panic attacks - and they are related to allergic asthma. I did not have it for many, many years. It started in peri. I used to have panic attacks and insomnia in my late thirties-I never thought they were asthma, but they were! unfortunately except for very rare albuterol inhaler I cannot take steroids. i wonder what is going to happen next? So far it is causing me severe anxiety and panic-and insomnia. 
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