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9 8/21/13 10:44 A
I was able to make it to a step class twice this week, and there was no trouble with wheezing or shortness of breath. I go back to the Dr. next week. I think I'll ask her about using the inhaler half way through. I get frustrated because when I have trouble after 20 minutes (less than 10 minutes to go), and that's when I'm trying to push to get the last bit of mileage in.
I did get 2.6 miles last time in 30 minutes, with an incline of 3; my next goal is 2.75.
Definitely talk to your doctor. But as the other poster stated, I use my inhaler before I start a strenuous workout. You know your body. For example, if I'm doing weights, even circuits, I know I'll be fine. But if I'm going out for a run, I use it first because I know I will start wheezing and I make sure it is with me. I think of the meds allowing me to reach my fitness potential. I would rather use them judiciously than unnecessarily curtail my workout.
But, that is my opinion and my approach. You should definitely talk to your doctor and make your own decisions.
I agree that your best bet is to talk to your doctor to get more instruction about when you should be using the inhaler. They should be able to give you more specifics.
Hope that helps,
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3,510 8/12/13 5:19 P
I'm a lifelong asthmatic. When I do strenuous exercise that exacerbates my asthma, I take my inhaler BEFORE the workout. But, you should ask your doctor first if that's ok for you.
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437 8/12/13 4:47 P
I think you are right. A rescue inhaler is just for that...rescue, when you're wheezing and feel out of breath. If you don't feel like you need it, I wouldn't use it, especially since all medications have side effects. I've been told rescue inhalers raise you blood pressure a little. The maintenance inhaler should help so that more normal breathing is maintained. You may decide that you want to take it.
Fitness Minutes: (43,210)
9 8/12/13 4:21 P
I've recently been diagnosed with Asthma. I went to the Dr. and told her about my husband asking if I were breathing OK on humid days (I didn't notice my breathing changed), and that I that I had wheezed the previous week while on the tread mill, which was on a humid day.
She gave me a maintenance inhaler, and a rescue inhaler and told me to use it when I need it, but didn't say when that was. When I slowed down on the tread mill, the wheezing stopped. I don't feel bothered when I'm walking up a hill with the dog and breath a bit harder. So how do I know when I need it? In my mind, if I can change something and it stops or it's tolerable I don't need it, but I could be wrong
I have backed off on the treadmill - was doing 2.6 miles in 30 minutes with the incline at 3, and actually getting to 2.75 until I wheezed. Last week I was an incline of 4 and 2.5 miles. Should I back off the include and try to go further, or work on increasing the incline and not work toward increasing the distance.
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