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The Asthma Thread

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Are you serious?<br>
Um, but, no. I would not trade sleep for weight loss. Nope, I get so few good nights as it is.<br><br>
But, I do need help with medication. Rinda has been a wealth of knowledge and she's been spot on every time...<br>
foradil... I thought helped but it didn't... I think I had one placebo-effect run...<br>
asthmanex.... same as foradil. I am on my second month with little improvement.<br><br>
I go back to the doctor in a few weeks.
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hey guys -<br><br><b>Rose-</b>glad to hear that you are feeling better about things. Just remember that the wheezing is telling you something. I believe a lot of people can run through them, but you need to be aware when running through them is ok & when its not. I believe that only comes with experience - just make sure you have the albuturol inhaler with you just in case. This actally sounds like advice that would come from my asthma docs.. lol my treatment is basically - get better thru running -<br><br><b>Drom -</b> sounds like you are doing well. The "cold"- ah you are so funny. Here in So. Oregon, it got into the 60's this last week, and it felt so warm... but i am a transplant from L.A., so i understand what you mean. The thing here in the winter - i can really tell when i'm healthy vs having issues. Its interesting to see the difference at 30 degrees. Anyway, i've instituted treadmill only in the winter, and it really made a difference this year.<br><br>
So, my breathing is doing really well right now. Its getting better every week in the running program. So i guess that's the ticket for me - slow & easy.. problem is legs always want to go further & faster, so the running program is a really good thing. this week i've slacked due to the shoulder - its better, but not well. <img alt="sad.gif" src=""> so am going to get my missing 2 days this weekend, hopefully getting off my schedule hasn't hurt me any.
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I remember when you moved from California to Oregon, better breathing was a big factor in that decision, wasn't it?<br><br>
I am glad that running is helping your breathing (give the shoulder some time). And you are right, I am paying close attention to the wheezing/running and when to slow down and when to push it.<br><br>
It will be interesting to see what happens when the weather breaks for good. It was hawt yesterday but we'll see lows in the 40's at 0530 Monday morning. April is the roller coaster month, making it difficult to put the "winter clothes" away.<br><br>
Breathe well everyone!
My asthma is bad lately but I think that's due to all the allergens in the air right now. I've had to use my inhaler before almost every run. I also feel like I'm falling apart! Just when one thing starts feeling better, another problem crops up. I recently had shoulder/neck/arm pain and went through 3+ weeks of chiropractic and it's finally starting to feel a lot better; then yesterday the eye dr told me that my low-level glaucoma has gotten much worse so now I'll be on eyedrops for the rest of my life. They make the whites of my eyes vampire-red and really irritate them, so I look pretty sleep-deprived and/or like a pot head. The good thing about it is that one of the side effects is that it makes your eyelashes get darker, thicker and longer. So in time I'll look like a very feminine vampire, I guess.<br><br>
Today I tried something a little different. I walked for 5 minutes and then ran at quite a bit faster pace than normal for 10 minutes, then walked again for 5 minutes. Then I took a yoga class. Usually I take a slow & steady pace for a longer distance.<br><br>
Happy trails, everyone.<br><br>
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<b>Rose</b>- actually the move was a quality of life thing... but i thought the air would be a nice side benefit. However, there are a lot more triggers here... your weather sounds similar - April is a transition month here too.. but we are still getting lows in the 30's & frost some mornings.<br><br><b>Susan</b> - sorry about the glaucoma & the allergies. I think right now is high allergy season for some, mine hit later with the ragweed... do you take anything for the allergies? my allergist gave me a script for Allegra to try this year, when it gets really bad... so we shall see. I think that running strategy sounds like a good idea.. I do a slow, faster, slower thing & truthfully I probably wouldn't have learned to run without that strategy. hope you feel better soon.
I take singulair and it seems to help but not completely eliminate the allergic symptoms.<br><br>
I take Symbicort and Singulair, but the Singulair has never done anything for the allergy symptoms. So, now I'm using it as as an exercise induced asthma treatment only - helping to open airways before i run ( about 1/2 hour before i run on doctors orders.) That is instead of using the albuterol inhaler.
I saw this today, thought it was worth sharing as I remembered this thread, but never responded to it.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br>
My story: I've had asthma since I was a child, but it has become much milder through the years. It's become even more mild the more I've run long distance. When I was a kid I was often excused from gym classes that involved running. I never dreamed I could be a runner until I finally tried it in college in the 1980s and then there was no turning back.<br><br>
I rarely use even albuterol any more before my runs unless it's peak allergy season for me (like now. I use it before about 50% of my runs and always before a marathon). I haven't had an "attack" since I was probably 13 or so. I'd say I get wheeziest if I'm laughing really hard for a long time. Not such a bady thing, I suppose. <img alt="smile.gif" src=""><br><br>
My father and one sister have pretty acute asthma and my son has inherited it as well.
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Thanks for the article, Sound. I was diagnosed late in the game, so the only albuterol inhaler I've ever had is of the HFA variety. I am so glad I read the article! I have been using it incorrectly.<br><br>
I wish the docs/nurses/pharmacists would have given me detailed instructions on how to use the inhaler. I read the insert but, I am a kinetic learner and really need to be shown a hands on demonstration...
I did a 5K on Saturday and my breathing was excellent, but I must say the weather was excellent as well. It was about 55 degrees and slightly cloudy. Allergens were high but I felt OK. I used the albuterol beforehand and really felt good, and finished in 3 minutes faster than the last race I did in the fall.<br><br><br>
Of course today my breathing is terrible. Who knows why? Same type of weather.<br>
Us, too, Rose. I don't recall ever being told by my doctor (whom I think is a very good one) that we needed to prime 4 times or to expect the softer spray. Like the article said, the pharmacy fills with different ones, different times. The prescriptions DS and I received just a few weeks ago when we had our annual appts. said to fill with "whatever our insurance covered" and we came home with ProAir.<br><br>
I'll also be more vigilant with washing out the container.<br><br>
Riley, that's super you had that kind of result. Amazing what one can do when one can breathe well. <img alt="smile.gif" src=""> I wish I had answers as to why your breathing isn't good today, though.<br><br><br>
eta: for the typo police.
Wow Soundie - its amazing to think you had asthma as a kid & can run so fast. I wanna be like you <img alt="smile.gif" src=""> Actually, I was only diagnosed with asthma when I was 41 (3 years ago) after having an episode I think was triggered by allergies. Actually always had some issues, but no bad asthma attackes until this (except for the one time when I was 3 & my mom took me for a walk through a bunch of ragweed).<br><br>
Geez I think I caught a bad cold at Eugene on top of breathing issues due to pushing myself too far.. <img alt="sad.gif" src=""> having bronchitis with asthma, geez is horrible!! Hmmm I guess I need to read that article. I did get a spacer for my albuterol inhaler this week - that seems to help a lot.<br><br>
Riley - woohoo yeah on the 5K!
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I outgrew most of my allergy problems from my youth only to have a new one (dog/cat) allergy come back at about age 40. I was also diagnosed with exercise induced asthma about the same time. My daily hit of Advair is my friend.
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