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Exertional asthma?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In the past 6 months or so, whenever I go workout in a class - or even try to do a good, hard workout on my own - I can't. emoticon I ignored it because I figured I hadn't eaten enough breakfast, or was fighting a bug, or was just out of shape. But finally I realized that something was and is definitely wrong and unnatural. I get super red. My head pounds. I feel out of breath after 10 minutes - and not just oh, I'm getting my heart rate up! But instead oh crap, I can't breathe, I need to sit down and take a break. I can hear myself gasp and I can feel that breathing doesn't feel normal.

So I went to see the occupational nurse in my work building, and she thinks it's some type of exercise-induced asthma. I need to get see my doctor to be sure, but then what? Inhaler for the rest of my life? Is there anything I can do without drugs? Does anyone else experience this? How do you deal with it?
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-SHAWN- 4/20/2013 4:01PM

    Do you always exercise in the same place? Possibly there is an asthma trigger in the environment... Hope you get this figured out soon.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/31/2013 8:55PM

    My boss has exercise induced asthma. He takes his inhaler with him on runs, I think he also developed it as an adult like in the past 10 yrs or so in his 40's. It doesn't seem to affect him always, just sometimes.

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JILLYBEAN25 3/28/2013 4:54PM

    I have asthma normally and boy does it flare up for exercises when I really work myself hard. I think seeing your doctor will give you more answers (and remember you can always seek a second opinion) than what anyone could tell you here. I just will always have to be on meds for my asthma, which is a pain, but life-saving, so I'm not sure if they'd be doing the same for you or not. Good luck, though, and I hope you get some good answers.

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_VALEO_ 3/28/2013 8:36AM

    Sorry to hear that, Char. Unfortunately, I can't help you, you'd better see a lung specialist, or an homeopath and/or an acupuncturist if you're looking for a more natural treatment.
If noone is able to answer you here, I am sure there are forums where you can discuss it with other suffering from the same type of exertional asthma.

Hope you find a treatment that works for you! emoticon

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