SparkPeople WOWA - Working Out With Asthma Team Messageboard Many people with Asthma know that exercising can be a very trying experience. People with asthma CAN exercise. This Group was formed, to Inform, Motivate, Encourage, and Inspire Asthma Sufferers. SparkPeople WOWA - Working Out With Asthma Team Messageboard Asthma and exercise. People say there is no such thing as exercise induced asthma but if I don't take my inhaler before working out, then I will get an asthma attack and it is what doctors instruct me to do (2 puffs before exercising). <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 May 2016 05:01:51 EST Pulmonary Function Test A year ago I was training for a 5K. Two weeks ago I ended up on Prednisone and still can't walk around the block at my usual level so I am going for a Pulmonary Function Test on Thursday. I have had asthma for 20 years and have never had this done. I was told it would take about an hour - what are they going to do to me? The Spirometer doesn't take an hour! Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:58:08 EST Newbie saying Hi It's wonderful to see how you are managing your asthma and are being so active! Way to go! <BR> Very encouraging! <BR> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:39:03 EST First Marathon completed! This is part "we can do this" and part "bragging". <BR> <BR> I have severe asthma and it is basically under control through the use of three different inhalers and two pills. This was a very hard thing for me to accept when I got the diagnosis. I had developed asthma around the age of twenty and at that time it was mostly exercise induced. Over the years I only needed rescue inhaler on occasion but as I got older it got worse. Fast forward thirty years, I now need to take more medicines to ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:04:12 EST New to the team! Hey everyone. My name is Amanda. I have had asthma since I was five but I don't typically wheeze. I was just prescribed Qvar to control asthma (If you don't know, it's not a rescue inhaler but helps immensely. A doctor told my mom when I was young I would have to be persistent with doctors for treatment because they can't hear always hear wheezing! <BR> <BR> What upsets me is when someone mistakes an asthma attack for a panic attack. I wrote a blog for asthmatics and if you have time, I hop... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 02:39:42 EST New Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sandy and I am not new to spark been here since 2009,I am married and a stay at home mom to 7 kids ages 6 to 22. I just recently was told I have Re-Active Airways Disease which is like Asthma in Oct 2014. Well it been down hill since there. I Been dealing with a lot of health problems in/out of the hospital. Came down sick last week and ended up in the hospital for 4 days with pneumonia and trouble with my asthma. I just came home this past Tuesday evening... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:13:26 EST A new girl saying hi Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am new to Spark Points but definitely not to asthma. I'm a senior in college (going to be a nurse this May!!!) and I think the stress from school has caused my asthma to get worse. I do not use medications/inhalers and would really like to be able to manage without them. <BR> <BR> I love sports and outdoor activities, but they don't love me back especially in the winter. <BR> <BR> I recently started exercising more 1. because I'm on winter break f... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:35:58 EST New to Group Hey! My name is Ayana. I'm trying to lose over 100 pounds and get health through diet and exercise. My asthma which I was diagnosed with in 2012, is presenting some big challenges in this area. I hope I can learn from you all some tips and tricks. <BR> <BR> <BR> My favorite workout is Zumba, but again the asthma sets me back. I don't want it to become a convenient excuse. <BR> <BR> All tips and advice appreciated. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:22:44 EST Newbie Waving Hello Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I am a former smoker (13 days smoke-free today) and newly diagnosed asthmatic. I suspect I have had asthma for years though. I have dealt with bronchritis 1-2 times per year every year since I was 17 (long before I ever began taking up smoking. I began that unfortunate habit in my 30s). I am recovering from a week inthe hospital with double pneumonia and am working to get my lungs and body healthier. <BR> <BR> I am doing 1 mil... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:27:00 EST Exercice Whats your favorite? Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:04:04 EST hi there! Hi! I'm Amy. I am 32 and a grad student living in Nashville, TN. This account is new but I've used SP before with good results -- just need to get with the program again! Among my health issues are asthma and celiac disease, both of which make getting/staying healthy a little more difficult, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm glad to be part of the team! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:33:50 EST Family of asthmatics Hi all. I just joined the group so I can see how y'all deal with exercising and asthma. All three of my kids have asthma, and it now looks like I may have it as well. The jury is still out but it's a distinct possibility. My teenage boys are not into exercising, though we constantly try to change that. My pre-teen daughter just started softball and has tried to use her asthma (very mild) as an excuse. I try not to let them get away with using it as an excuse, but after my last trip to the ER ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:32:26 EST Anyone know a way to control without inhaler? Hi everybody, <BR> I have been having asthma a lot because we have carpet and also my daughter keeps the door open. She loves to be outside. I am not having much trouble after working out anymore. But I have had more trouble during the day and at night. Does anyone know a way to control it better without having to use an inhaler? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:36:28 EST New here. :) I have had Asthma since I was about 10. But I was never diagnosed until I was in high school and would be panting for air after running the mile and would be coughing for a few minutes. I used my exercise induced Asthma as an excuse for not exercising. Then I learned that exercising actually helped my Asthma become less frequent. I am going to talk about my Asthma with my doctor because I want to take up running, but I am not sure the right way to approach it. I am excited to learn how to bet... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:38:27 EST Vitamin D?? I have been told by two different Doctors in the past month that my Vit D count is very low and to add a supplement to my diet. 2000 IU. I also then read that it could be a big help to relieve some of my asthma problems. <BR> Any thoughts on this? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:40:58 EST New to the team and Sparkpeople I have had asthma for about 13 years and I hate it. I didn't start having asthma problems until I moved to Indiana from Florida. I have about 70 lbs to lose and have never really worked out because of my asthma. My asthma is under better control than has been in the past but I still have issues. I just got the Rockin Body workout and plan on starting it on Monday. Any advise and motivation would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:18:54 EST Asthma and P90X So I've just recently started doing some of the P90X (not all of it). I've mostly been focusing on Cardio, yoga, and then I've also done some of Shaun T's Rockin' Body videos as well. I was wondering if there was something that I can do to help myself breathe better when working out? Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:21:04 EST Starting 2014 with a bang My last post last year I was sick from Dec 26 to early January.I thought I was doing so much better.I think there were so many triggers,cold weather, stress,financial issues, etc.I checked my peak flow was only 350 and all weekend have been bringing greenish sputum and coughing..I have a call into my doctor, hopefully will get to see him today.Since my peak flow was at 70& .i started my asthma plan of Prednisone 15 mg 3 times daily and Ventalin every 4 hours until I see my doctor. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:48:59 EST New to the world of Asthma Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda, and I'm a 21 year old girl living in Boise ID. I joined this team because I was introduced to Asthma about 2 years ago when I started dating my current boyfriend. He smokes cigarettes (a lot!), and I noticed that my chest would suddenly get heavy and felt like my throat was suddenly strained. <BR> <BR> I use a generic inhaler with an OptiChamber to breath in the mist. I am excited to talk to other people who have asthma, and find tricks to help k... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:30:37 EST Interesting diet for asthmatics I have not been able to breathe, sleep or even get out of bed & started searching some things I can do for my asthma to make it better. This is what I came accross. I just went to the store and am trying it starting today. <BR> <BR> You can read it at the links below as well as the CDC. <BR> <BR> Sulfite Sensitivity <BR> Sulfite sensitivity symptoms might include difficulty breathing, skin reaction, abdominal cramping, nausea and diarrhea. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asth... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:30:29 EST Flovent Does anyone use flovent on a regular basis? My inflammation numbers are very close to 65, and they haven't come down in months. At the next check-up, if they're not down "enough", my asthma doctor is going to change medications. What would be the next thing? How long have you all been on flovent if you have~? How long did it take for you to see results? Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:14:08 EST wresting my life back from asthma Hello! <BR> I was diagnosed with asthma three years ago this summer. I had been struggling for years with allergy induced asthma that went undiagnosed year after year. When I think about how bad it used to be I can barely wrap my head around it. I was getting so little sleep night after night-- as soon as I was horizontal I could not stop coughing and gasping for air. I pretty much coughed up phlegm non stop for years, sometimes to the point of gagging. It was awful and embarrassing.... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 01:38:25 EST Do I have asthma or am I just out of shape? Hello! My name is Chelsea, I'm 25 and this is my third time getting back on the SparkPeople train. I've been to an allergist before and talked to her about my asthma and kind of felt like she blew me off because I had some other more obvious allergy issues that needed to be addressed and I have already made an appointment to see a different doctor about this issue but I'm hoping someone with asthma can tell me if I'm just out of shape or if I have a serious asthma issue. <BR> <BR> I've been... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:38:35 EST New to the team and to SparkPeople Hi! My name is Sarah, I'm a college senior and I'm 22 years old <BR> I've had asthma since the day I was born and really struggle with it. <BR> I have chronic bronchitis and currently have pneumonia... <BR> I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and I'm just sick of it. <BR> I used to want to lose weight for other people to like me, but now I want to do it for me. <BR> I joined this group to see what exercises other people are doing with asthma and just for some motivat... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 11:42:24 EST New to Asthma, not to SP Hello, <BR> I am new to the world of asthma, I was recently diagnosed with Adult Onset Asthma. I am still learning about this and still having issues dealing with the day to day. I love love love snowboarding, but with this asthma it sometimes makes it impossible. Does anyone have any advice on what they do during cold weather exercise? Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:47:26 EST Struggling this go around Good Afternoon everyone <BR> Hi I am Jim been diagnosed with Asthma back in 1988,Thank God no hospitalizations.I am currently taking Symbacourt twice daily,Singular 10 mg,Flonase,Nasal Mist and Ventalin for recue.The reason I am writing,first to say hi to all,Im new Secondly since Dec 26 ,2012 I have had a major flare up, My Dr started me on Augmentin 875 mg ,prednisone and nebulizer 4x dailyI took that for 20 days.My Dr then switched over to 2 Z packs,The second I finish on Friday when I s... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:23:13 EST New to this topic, but not to Sparkpeople Hi my name is Aereana, I am 35, a mother of 5 and has struggled with asthma all my life. Now, I have been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. Since, there isn't really any topics of forums for that, I will stick around here. I could use all the help I can get from anyone willing. <BR> <BR> I am in the process of trying to lose weight, but can not stress my lungs out in anyway so working out is a huge issue. I have to find sit down, low impact, nothing that will stress the lungs out. I am loggi... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:04:48 EST Inflammation I'm new to learning about this, and could use some help. <BR> <BR> I'm REALLY discouraged, and REALLY exhausted (see blog). <BR> <BR> help! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:35:35 EST Tips and Tricks What are yours? <BR> <BR> I find that when my lungs are starting to burn, taking a deep breath and exhaling completely will relieve the pain. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to get through your asthma symptoms while exercising? Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:21:48 EST Hello Fellow Gaspers (-: Hi, I'm Susan. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago with asthma; I'm 52 years old. I don't have any allergies according to the tests I took. I live in San Antonio, TX and this past summer's high humidity almost took me down. I have a lot of trouble with exercise; just walking up a slight incline can set me to heaving for breath like a buffalo with a head cold. I'm still learning how to deal with and manage my asthma on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Do any of you experience any kind of disbelief... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:41:54 EST Allergies My allergies have been acting up again today. Had to take Benedryl since sometimes that is the only thing that helps. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:16:25 EST Diagnosed Today But I'm not really new to Asthma. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Exercise-Induced Asthma. At that time the doctor told my parents and I that I didn't need the puffers, I could control it on my own. Just keep an eye on what triggers I had and avoid them. Well, the definition of, I avoided exercise, sports, school activities, etc. I did manage to swim, made it to be a lifeguard. <BR> <BR> My dad is a severe Asthmatic. When he was first diagnosed there was no ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 23:33:48 EST Returning to SP and new to the team Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Julie. I have been treated for Asthma since I was 12, had it since about 6 or 7. My 7 year old has had it since 9 months, and my 12 year old recently grew out of it, at least as far as exercise is concerned (full baseball season, no inhaler needed, YAY!!). However, I have a hard time doing anything that requires any amount of walking, I get very winded, quite easily, and get that tight in the chest feeling. I have a lot of weight to lose, and I know that every pound will... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:24:26 EST Facts about Advair HFA Advair HFA offers asthma patients who are unable to use dry-powder inhalers an alternative delivery system. Like Advair Diskus, Advair HFA contains both an inhaled corticosteroid and an inhaled long-acting bronchodilator to effectively treat the two main causes of asthma symptoms -- airway inflammation and constriction. For more information visit here<BR>r-hfa.shtml Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:56:26 EST Anyone had allergy shots? How well did they work for you? Did your asthma symptoms improve? Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:23:56 EST HI! Im new to this team and Im also new to working out. I have had Asthma most of my life and have tried to avoid any type of workout. Now I need to workout because I can only walk so far and Im done:( So here I go. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:10:50 EST New-ish Hello, I'm new to the team but not that new to Spark. My name is Cyndy. I'm 40, and I was diagnosed with asthma about 2.5 years ago. The doctor's theory is that I let undiagnosed allergies go for too long, and developed asthma as a result of the chronic inflammation brought on by the allergies. I'm lucky in that my asthma is fairly mild and my asthma attacks normally result in a dry, hacky cough. I need to use my inhaler before I exercise, otherwise in about ten minutes I'm hacking and gaspin... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:10:09 EST Hello, I'm New to the Team I am 51 yrs. old and have had allergy & exercised induced asthma for the past 10 or so yrs. The past year was the worst and I was on steroids for two months and gained 15 lbs :( <BR> I actually had another flare-up that started yesterday, been using nebulizer every four hrs. with Albuterol. My maintenance meds are Pulmacort flex-inhaler each morning and Claritin & Albuterol inhaler when needed. I'm so discouraged about the weight gain, I eat very healthy, & I love to ride my bicycle, wa... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:55:58 EST Asthma and Osteoporosis I now have osteoporosis from my asthma medication. Is anyone else out there also dealing with this double wammy? Exercise is a big deal but I have too many excuses why I don't. <BR> I am a caregiver, need knee replacement, and have asthma. I use to exercise but then we moved and I haven't since I became a caregiver. I also have not had an asthma episode nor hip pain since I stopped. I am feeling overwhelmed and not sure how in the world I am going to manage exercise. <BR> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 03:10:38 EST Hi Im new to the Team but not to Spark People Hi, my name is Gisella, 43 years old, married and one daughter 19 - I've had asthma since I was a baby. I also have Factor V (blood clot gene) found this out 5 years ago. I'm really happy to find this team. I've been active in exercising for the past month and watching what I eat. I'm now learning how to run/jog properly. I use to think that people with asthma couldn't do it but my doctor told me to take baby steps and to search on the proper way to run. Which is why I love Spark People ... Thu, 17 May 2012 15:31:59 EST Does Advair make your voice hoarse? Ever since I started using Advair several years ago, my voice has become very hoarse and raspy. Mt allergist said that "rarely" Advair can cause that. He sent me to a ear, nose and throat doctor and they looked at my vocal chords with a little scope and said there were no nodules or other problems. So pretty much I am just putting up with this, since I can't do without the Advair (tried that and went into bad respiratory distress). I was just wondering if anyone else has this problem. Thanks ... Wed, 9 May 2012 16:14:10 EST Cost of new inhalers I just went to the pharmacy to get a new inhaler, and got a massive case of Sticker Shock! <BR> <BR> The cost went from an affordable $10 to $50. The new EPA regulation about inhalers (elimination of CFCs in the gases) caused a JUMP in the price - but still the same meds, just a different delivery gas. <BR> <BR> What a rip-off - just because there are now no generics available, asthmatics get hosed! <BR> <BR> I'm contacting my Congressmen <link> </link> and Senators <link>sena... Wed, 9 May 2012 09:45:59 EST New to the Team Hi ! <BR> I have adult onset asthma--I am 56 years old and have been dealing with this for 6 years. My asthma is triggered by allergies and can be pretty scary at times. Mainly I am allergic to most every kind of pollen in the world! I take Advair and use an albuterol inhaler and nebulizer treatments when needed. I am trying to get more active. I have difficulty doing a lot of cardio because I get out of breath fairly easy. I hope to learn from all of you and be able to both give and receive... Sat, 5 May 2012 21:44:39 EST Allergies, asthma & honey What a miracle honey (unpasterized local) is! I am on wildflower honey (2 tbsp. in my coffee or (green) tea per day) for my allergies & asthma for about a couple of months now and other than a couple of slight problems here and there, my allergies and asthma is so good that I went to my checkup with my dr. and she said (for the first time I can remember) that my lungs are clear and everything looks good. She told me that I can start a little each day exercising til I get to 1 hr a day. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:38:30 EST Newbie I am 38 year old. I found out about a year ago that I had asthma when I was hospitilized. I spent a week in the hospital and then another 3 weeks off from work. I have tried to exercise some in the past but always get really short of breath. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:43:38 EST dizzy? Hey all, <BR> <BR> ever since the weather started warming up I've felt much better--I've used my rescue inhaler once or twice since Feb (including an odd incident where I had an asthma attack AFTER taking my advair) However, I've noticed that about half way through any cardio excercise I feel lightheaded and have to stop. It's almost like I'm getting too much oxygen, which doesn't make sense? Has this happened to anyone else? <BR> <BR> My family doctor is switching asthma docs on me becaus... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:51:45 EST Asthma & Pregnancy?? Hello everyone! I'm going to try & get right to the point with this. <BR> <BR> I found out I'm pregnant this past Sunday! Woot! I stopped taking my inhalers and my GP said that I'd have to have an OB evaluate me to see if I can get back on my inhalers. I can't see an OB until I've applied for Medicaid and gotten the expedited insurance card. I apply tomorrow, but it takes about 5 business days to get the card. In the meantime, I'm not having the best of luck with my asthma. I had a flare up ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:31:06 EST Frustrated asthmatic So I am new to the team. I am 36 years old and have suffered from asthma since I was 5 years old. I am very frustrated because I just started sieting a few weeks ago and got hit with a virtus which in turn has required me to take prednisone, which as you all now completely underminds any diet! I can't exercise and just got my metabolism moving now I cant even walk to the bathroom without getting out of breath. I am so sick of having this disease! Sorry, just had to vent. Non-asthmatics just d... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:32:01 EST New to sparks and this team 27f born with Asthma I have moderate/severe ASTHMA. I see or talk to my ASthma Specialist every 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I was born with asthma. mom was pregnant in Bremerton Wa Naval shipyard. Aspestos and other polutants are airborn there. <BR> <BR> I get alergy shots twice a month, take symbicort 2x day, qvar 3x a day. my rescue inhailer as need. take 180mg of alegra, 10mg singluar and 10 m g of prednizone. EVERY DAY. and everytime I get sick minimum of 60mg of prednizone, then done to 40mg for a two week or six w... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:10:25 EST Stop the PREDNISONE rollerco ster...I want OFF!! I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 23, and once we found a plan that worked, I was relatively symptom-free. Fast forward to 18 months ago (age 40) - they install some new equipment at work, and my breathing starts acting up. I have a chronic cough, wheezing, chest tightness, mucus production....and the tiredness - OMG!! <em>40</em> So in January 2011 I was put on prednisone - 30mg x 7 days. It seemed to clear everything up. But by July, I was back on it again - 50 mg x 5 days. Sep... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:14:53 EST New to Team Hello my name is Sonia and I was diagnosed with asthma about 5 years ago. My doctor says it's triggered by my allergies. I'm having a bad flare up right now. Would you believe our trees our blooming right now? We've had no real winter in No. CA so plants and foliage are confused.... <BR> <BR> I am using Dulera right now to get my asthma under control, so right now exercise is at the minimum....30-45 minutes of walking. At least it's something right? <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to be part of ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:49:49 EST Hellooooo!! Not new to SP, but just found this team. I've been dealing with asthma symptoms (that I can really notice) for about 2 years now. I'm a runner, which sometimes makes it a wee bit difficult for me! Don't let it stop me though! <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Not too many people I know have asthma and are active, so I would love to hear how you all handle it! <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:02:26 EST Fearing the thing I love I love running. <BR> <BR> Trouble is I haven't run since October because the humidity triggers my asthma, indoors or out. I've become afraid of having asthma attacks while running. I don't think a pouch would hold an aerochamber, and I'm not sure where I would find one either. <BR> <BR> I guess it just sucks knowing you can't run for more than a couple minutes before starting to feel your lungs ache. Babysteps for Endurance? Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:38:54 EST New to WOWA, New to Asthma hello, everyone. <BR> <BR> i'm Leanna. :D nice to meet you all. i hope everyone is breathing well? <BR> <BR> i've been on SP for a while, but not very active. i was on vacation when i joined, but still managed to lose over 15 pounds since November. i had gotten sick on vacation and came home with a cough, which worsened and eventually, i couldn't breathe. NINE trips in and out of the ER. NINE. in less than a month. NINE. <BR> <BR> i eventually managed to get in with a regular doctor at a d... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:50:16 EST Hello, Hello! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I did BabyFit while pregnant and have come back to SparkPeople to help shed some weight. So glad to see a board for asthmatics! I've had allergy induced asthma for a while and then my asthma escalated this summer to full blown all day every day asthma. PFT showed decreasing lung function and confirmed asthma. I'm seeing a pulmunologist and am currently on Symbicort and feeling pretty good. If I'm consistent with my meds I typically have very little issue working out... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:44:23 EST Asthma Educator In Training / Asthma Pt New Here Hello All!!! <BR> I'm a school nurse in NM and studying to be an AE-C, finally getting serious about my health goals. I've had asthma since age 9, and severe allergies. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to lose 104 lbs this year, for my own health, wellness, and personal satisfaction, as well as be an example for my 2 girls (6 and 9) and the 750 students I care for every day. <BR> <BR> Looking for others who wish that tracks had albuterol misters, and understand the frustration of choosing breathing... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:59:00 EST Seasoned with SP; New to this team Greetings Everyone: <BR> <BR> I’m fairly seasoned with SP, however I’m new to this team. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Exercise/Allergy induced Asthma about 28 years ago during a mountain bike race – didn’t finish. Needless to say, I think I’ve managed to keep everything under control until this month. <BR> <BR> I pride myself in being healthy and fit. However, during the whole month of December I’ve been constantly struggling with being able to breathe. The weather here turned earlier th... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:06:17 EST Inhaler made me feel like crap I decided today to go for a run for my I took my rescue inhaler and advair 20 minutes apart in the hour before I went out for a run as instructed by my doctor. It made me feel like crap. Right now I'm more than a little shaky, my chest hurts and I'm a little lightheaded. <BR> <BR> I miss running. I haven't been able to run since having an attack back in early october. Finally get a clean bill of health and my inhalers make me feel like crap. This blows. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:05:06 EST Problems with finding generics I went to refill my ProAir inhaler yesterday using the generic albuterol inhaler and the CVS pharmacy told me that they no longer make a generic and I was going to have to pay for the name brand. Has anyone else run into this issue? Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:42:07 EST Weight and Asthma I went to the doctor yesterday regarding my asthma and I found out something I wanted to share with the group. New research shows that the fat on the body releases inflammatory elements which can make asthma worse. Yet another good reason to get in shape! Wed, 16 Nov 2011 09:34:56 EST New Here Hello. I wanted to introduce myself. I have had asthma for year (too long to remember) and it is so frustrating to have it interfere with daily activities. I look forward to sharing my journey! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:28:49 EST Having a tough week Boy have I been having one of those weeks now that my 2 yr old is having to take updraft treatments for asthma. It's if very tough getting her to set still long enough. Does anyone else battle with this and what do you do? Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:31:21 EST how do you exercise with asthma i have exercise induced asthma and when i start to walk like down the block i'm already running out of air. i like to walk my dogs but sometimes i can't. what do you all do when you can't even go down the block for some exercise? i want to lose this weight but not go to the er cause i can't breath Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:38:56 EST webmd: good descript of what asthma attack is Symptoms <BR> <BR> <BR> Asthma symptoms vary in severity from occasional mild bouts of breathlessness to daily wheezing that persists despite taking large doses of medication. After exposure to asthma triggers, symptoms rarely develop abruptly but progress over a period of hours or days. Occasionally, the airways have become seriously obstructed by the time the patient calls the doctor. <BR> <BR> The classic symptoms of an asthma attack include: <BR> <BR> •Wheezing when breathing out is n... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 17:48:49 EST need help feeling like i am connecting here i am feeling rather discombobulated at the moment i am having difficulty establishing support here at sparkpeople and on the home front.and i dont know if it is all me not being able to connect or something else <BR> i did great for my first 6 weeks with sparkpeople i lost 6 pounds and then belly flopped backwards and put 4 pounds and maybe more back on since then. i asked my son to call me to help motivate me to work out (he tacked on housecleaning and that is not helping with the exercise)... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 12:36:08 EST September challenge For September let's challenge ourselves to lose 5 pounds once again. I think that will be easy for all of us to do. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 22:16:37 EST oven blew up caused asthma i was 16 babysitting for the neighbors, their anniversary was that day, i was gonna make them a cake. the oven didnt have all the safety features we take for granted today. the oven blew up in my face. that was nearly 40 years ago, gee how time flies. Took me thirty five years to realize that this is the cause of my asthma. <BR> the firemen and paramedics were awesome, the doc in the emergency room told me if i had taken any deeper of a breath i would have burned my lungs. <BR> i have no ha... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:27:23 EST Fight for Air Walk - Milwaukee, WI Anyone from the Southeastern Wisconsin area here? The American Lung Association has the "Fight for Air Walk" on October 2nd at the Milwaukee County Zoo. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? Anyone from the area here? Check out the link for more info. It would be great to have a team there! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>waukee-walk-fy12/ </link> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 11:35:24 EST I am new here... I am glad I found a team with others who also deal with the challenge of asthma. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with asthma as an adult. I've been tested for all sorts of allergies, and my asthma is not triggered by any allergies for which a test exists. It used to be, I only had asthma flares when I had a URI, like a bad cold. <BR> <BR> However, since May of this year, my asthma came and never left. Seems as if getting older is not helping and I went from having occasional asthma to not-very-we... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 10:36:26 EST dkindeb Hi everybody this is my first post to sparkpeople i have along way to go but with help i will get there i just wanted to Hi and you will be hearing from soon.( smile). Wed, 3 Aug 2011 17:22:23 EST Just Diagnosed Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Summer.I have allergy and exercised induced Asthma. <BR> I've also starting taking my second round of Prednisone and on two inhalers. <BR> <BR> Just trying to get healthy. <BR> <BR> Summer <em>414</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:25:09 EST New to lots of this Hi! I've been on sparkpeople for a week today, but I'm just joining the group. I'm finding exercising extremely difficult because I have a lot of trouble breathing and even more so during exercise, and it really jacks my heart rate up. Low intensity and easy stuff doesn't do anything, because even though I am very overweight, I have three kids and do tons of walking and lifting and things each day, so none of this contributes to cardio for me. If I step up the intensity, I can't breathe... an... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:44:04 EST August Challenge I am so sorry that I have been struggling keeping up with posting challenges so I wanted to start one for the whole month where all could post. <BR> <BR> My challenge to you this month is to continue on with your exercise of 10 minutes to 30 minutes a day and hit at least 3 or more days per week with it. I also challenge to see if you can lose at least 5 pounds for the month of August or more. Please post with us often so we can all feel motivation off of one another and keep each other ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:20:39 EST Do your muscles ache after using relief inhaler I have had my asthma under control now for quite some time and not had to use my relief inhaler till one day this past week. Certain smells with trigger my asthma and found out the smell of finger nail polish remover is one of mine. My hubby wasn't paying attention to my little daughter and she got into her sister finger nail paint and painted herself up and had to use a lot of remover to get it off. The smell of using it trigger my asthma and had to use the relief to be able to breath. S... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:15:59 EST Is Asthma Piling on the Pounds? I just found this article, thought you might like to read it. Is there anything that actually "helps" you to loose instead of making it harder? <BR> <BR> By Lisa D. Ellis <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> If you have asthma and find yourself struggling with your weight, you may wonder if asthma is to blame. And according to many researchers, there could be a link. <BR> <BR> The Facts About Asthma and Weight <BR> <BR> There's been a growing awareness in rece... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:20:03 EST July 16th - 23rd challenge Sorry I got behind on my weeks challenge. I had VBS and stayed so busy last week I just forgot to post but here is one for this week. I challenge each of you to get 20 minutes a day for 3 to 4 days of cardio exercise. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:59:24 EST Could side stitches be caused from EIA? Not having asthma for long, and just being exercise induced. I have began getting side stiches. Is it from the heat? Has anyone else have this problem. I as thinking it was because it is so hot and humid that Im not moving enough air. I do use my inhaler before I run about 15 min. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:54:19 EST Challenge for July 4h through July 9th The challenge for this week is do to at least 15 minutes of a cardio workout 3 to 4 days this week. I backdated and started from yesterday since it was a Monday and hope everyone will join in the challenge with us. I know for me some days its a challenge to get this done but please lets get our lungs back to working once again. Please post and let us know how things are going for you. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 09:43:39 EST challenge anyone? Just wondering if anyone is up for a challenge and any ideas. We could do a step challenge for fitness minute challenge or water/fruit and veggie on. Let me know what you think because I know other teams set them up and I don't want to bog anyone down with too many. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 08:54:09 EST motivation after asthma attack I had bad enough asthma on Monday and Tuesday that I was pretty much confined to bed for those two days. Naturally, on Wed, when I was feeling better, I still wasn't able to walk my average distance or do my weight training exercises. <BR> <BR> While I feel like today I'll be able to walk farther, and probably do my exercise on Friday, I feel like I've lost a whole week from being sick on Monday and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I know all the motivational stuff says to pick yourself up and go bac... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:40:39 EST New Member Here Hi all. I'm Mandi. I'm a 28 year old mother of three. I've had allergies and asthma for two or three years now, and it's been difficult for me to work out. I think that I finally am on a controller med that works for me, though, and my workouts are picking up. I was glad to find this team of people who understand what I'm dealing with. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:22:03 EST Chronic cough and Asthma Just found this article. Hope it helps with some answers. <BR> <BR> By Lisa D. Ellis <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Got a cough that's keeping you up all night? Most of us cough when we have a cold, as it's the body's way of clearing the bronchial passages. But when a cough lingers long after your cold has gone, it could be time to see if it's related to asthma. <BR> Why Chronic Cough and Asthma Often Co-Exist <BR> <BR> There are several possible reasons ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:46:16 EST New member in June 2011 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just subscribed to this website. I'm so glad I found somewhere that helps me lose weight Free. I am 23 going on 24 and I weigh 254 pounds at a height of 5' 1". I'm so excited to begin losing weight and glad to have my husband losing with me. I'm looking to lose at least 100 pounds. I have exercise induced asthma which makes it difficult to want to exercise. I believe meeting other people that also have asthma making an effort to exercise will inspire me to continue with m... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:12:37 EST pulmonary function tests Just wondering if anyone out there has ever had their doc tell them that their numbers are good but the curve is abnormal and adjust the meds because of it? <BR> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:01:07 EST The Old College Student Hi- My name is Tracy and I have have over 35 lb's to lose. I am over 50 and I lost my job this year plus I started college. I was also diagnosed with asthma this year. It has definetley been a challenging year. All of these changes in my life have led to my weight gain. I am looking forward to changing some of my bad habits and learn to live with asthma. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:40:08 EST Hello my fellow asthma sufferers :) Hey, <BR> <BR> Just thought id introduce myself.. <BR> <BR> Well, my names Serena and im 24 from the UK. Iv had asthma since i was 2 years old so im pretty much used to it :) It has been really bad in the past and iv been in intensive care on life support after an asthma attack but thankfully iv been good in the past couple of years, no attacks and no more hospitals! (YAY!) <BR> I do still have problems when im working out and i do have to stop to take my inhaler but i get by and i think i... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 16:57:41 EST First time walking... I'm fairly new to the team(joined 5-21-11). I joined one day after getting out of the hospital and finding out I have asthma for the first time in my life. I was shocking but not so shocking since I worked in one of the dirtiest places in the state(my opinion). I was in the hospital ICU for 4 days and got out after a week. I'm taking my meds I feel much better. Yesterday though, I wanted to see how my lungs would do with exercise and I was a good thing to do. I coughed a little at first... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:09:33 EST I am excited to start.... It was important for me to find like minded people with like situations and that I could be there cheering section and they be mine.. I can't wait start and get some great friends along the way.... Sat, 28 May 2011 15:16:48 EST Newbie = ) Hellooooo = ) My name is Tina and I have used Sparkpeople in the past but have not even logged on in over 2 years. I am excited to be back and am hopeful to stay motivated this time so I can be a success for myself. I am looking forward to getting to know some fun motivating people along my journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss plan of eating right and moving my body on March 18, 2011 ... I have over 100 pounds to lose but don't have a "goal weight" in mind. I just want to feel g... Tue, 24 May 2011 15:44:15 EST Hi From Quebec Hey guys! <BR> <BR> My name's Marcie, and I'm currently a university student living in Quebec. I can't express how happy I am to find this SparkTeam. I've always had a hard time working out due to my asthma, and I used to resign myself to the fact that I was going to be overweight for the rest of my life. But I'm happy to know that's not true, and that there are people out there triumphing over their weight WITH asthma everyday. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all, looking forward to hearing f... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:49:38 EST New to this team hey all, I'm kathy. I have had asthma for half past forever and a day or since I was 4. Lol! It's really bothering me now. That's why I joined this team. i need some help with excersice with asthma and allergies. Any suggestions are appreciated!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks all! Tue, 10 May 2011 22:44:03 EST Asthma and meeting your weight loss goal.. Hi,, my name is Jenny, I have severe asthma, 2 years ago I stopped breathing from an asthma attack, started on some pretty heavy meds, finally weaned myself off of some of them while still staying on the inhalers, I was doing good losing weight and my asthma was barely noticeable until this last few weeks,, while I"ve had several pretty bad attacks I was just wonder if anyone has any good suggestions to keep being able to exercise when an attack comes on..Normally I wait a week to let the pre... Tue, 10 May 2011 10:26:47 EST Never Give UP!! <BR> Sat, 7 May 2011 09:14:45 EST Hello from a new member Hi, all! I'm newly diagnosed with asthma and realizing that I've probably had it for awhile and it explans the challengs I've had in the past with exercising (my asthma is exercise-induced as well as other triggers). <BR> <BR> I'm working with my doctor on a management plan and trying to do what exercise I can but it's a challenge during the flare ups I've had the past week. <BR> <BR> It give me hope to see that so many manage to get fit and exercise despite the challenges of astma and... Mon, 2 May 2011 17:45:04 EST Down for week. . . . on antibiotics Just joined WOWA. I've been on antibiotics Since Saturday when doc diagnosed bronchitis, but still wheezing and wiped out. I haven't been able to exercise for over a week. I'm trying to be patient but so tired of being sick. <em>39</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:32:49 EST new here Hello, I am Ashlee! Asthma isn't a new diagnosis for me however its one that I haven't had to deal with since I was in high school. Recently I had a pretty severe case of pneumonia, it was my fault. I am too busy and forget to care for myself and well it landed me in the hosptial. Well, I am a Zumba Instructor, which isn't an activity that asthma is a friend of. I had to take two weeks off and its just now getting to a place where I am able to control my asthma while teaching, but its been a ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 10:54:49 EST asthma and nausea A problem I have been having is that when I am struggling to catch my breath, I get very nauseous and occasionally will have to run to the bathroom to vomit. I'm not pushing myself really hard at the gym when this happens, but I was wondering if this is common and if so, why does it happen? <BR> <BR> I do use an inhaler about 1/2 hour before I work out and I take Symbicort at night, so I am treating my asthma, but I still have trouble when I try to run, even in short bursts. It's very fr... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:53:09 EST Hello from TX Hi, everyone! My name is Catherine. I am 21 years old, and I live in El Paso, TX. <BR> <BR> Since living in El Paso, my allergies have been through the roof, and I haven't exactly taken care of them up until now. <BR> <BR> This past week, I really did not take care of myself with sleep or diet. And Friday night, I ended up in the ER because I could not breathe. <BR> <BR> <BR> When I got there, I was given a couple breathing treatment, some steroids, and a chest x-ray. <BR> <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:31:07 EST Hello from Colorado Its so nice to see I'm not alone. I've had asthma since age 5 and I'm 45 now. Sure do wish there was a cure for it and that the doctors were right when they told me years ago I'd grow out of it. I maintain with Advair, but when winter flu season rolls around it becomes a struggle. A small virus for most people can feel like a life-threatening event for me. I'm fine in the summer, which is great because I like to be outdoors. Just wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone and wish you all ... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:50:08 EST Childhood asthma My son has illness induced asthma. Fortunately it doesn't seem to be triggered by environmental or exercise factors. At least not so far. We had a rough time of it last year, but then we found a specialist who put him on Pulmicort by nebulizer and the results have been amazing. We went back to the specialist a couple weeks ago, and he decided too switch my son to FloVent (spritzer thing instead of nebulizer) because it's easier to give, more convenient and apparently a less heavy duty med... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:28:13 EST Daily check in Just stop in and give us a line on how things are going in your day. I know it your days are like mine they are very stressing. I have three children with the oldest being a boy who I am dealing with on talking back to his dad and myself. He is 11 going on 20 and literally driving me nuts on a daily basis. I also have 10 and 1 yr old daughers as well. My 10 yr old is dyslexic so I have to make sure I stay on top of all her school work to help her in keeping her grades up and with the one... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:04:36 EST Weight loss goals you have set for 2011 Please share your weight loss goals for this year and your asthma goals as well I look forward to getting to talk with all of you and lets reach these goals together. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 40 pounds by June 18th which will be my youngest daughter's second birthday. This will help me in breathing better and just to have more energy to be able to play with her. <BR> <BR> What is yours? Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:55:36 EST I may have asthma... Hey guys, I'm here because i may have asthma as my family has had a history of it...Also ive had a cough for about a month now which has not stopped even after a month of various anti-biotics, and it is caused by me breathing in. My mum had the same exact problem and later she was diagnosed with asthma, and now she owns two inhalers she has to take regurarly. <BR> Im really scared to be honest with you. I'm scared because this may impact my future, my goal of loosing weight. People with asthm... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:54:26 EST Asthma from Shouting? lol So, I'm a substitute teacher and today I had to shout myself hoarse today to get some really rowdy kids to calm down. (I've been told that's typical behavior for the kids). I started having trouble breathing about an hour before school ended. In fairness, it was really hot in the classroom, and I was also all but running between two different classes at opposite ends of the very large school. Exercise is my main trigger. <BR> <BR> I've never had this happen before, but it must be pretty comm... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:29:04 EST Bark bark bark! So when I joined SparkPeople and they suggested the allergy team, I figured there'd be enough co-morbidity there to keep me from having to join a lot of teams. <BR> <BR> A week of asthma-free exercise and a random attack doing the laundry later, here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm a young substitute teacher, gamer and writer in my spare time. I need to lose some weight, but I only want to lose some of what I need to. I really would like be able to run without gasping or barking. and I really hope to m... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 03:05:56 EST I'm really trying =( I haven't been on SP since a while, even less WOWA, but I do read the posts on my mobile and all... <BR> <BR> But now I just don't know what to do with my asthma... <BR> Cold for me always been a trigger... and I live in fricking Montreal, right now it's not that cold, -14C . I went jogging a bit this morning .... basically running the new pup. But I just can't seem to do more than .76km without acting up. Usually i can do a bit more (I'm really out of shape, better than I was a year ago, bu... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 10:51:02 EST New Member! Hi everyone! I'm Dana, I'm 29 and was diagnosed with asthma when I was 14. Although I think I've actually suffered from it my whole life, it went undetected because my older and younger brothers had such severe asthma, my family thought that was the only way asthma could look. When I had problems exercising my family just thought I was lazy and out of shape. Now we know what was really going on! <BR> <BR> Lately it's been so cold that I've been having more problems exercising than usual, an... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:14:35 EST Running and Albuterol So my new question is asthma related. I have begun to take 2 puffs of Albuterol about 10-15 minutes before my runs and it seems to work well. My question is - As I build my mileage, when should I expect to take it again? I've heard you're supposed to wait 1-2 hours before taking it again for the puffs to be effective, but if I'm running consistently for quite some time does that mean I'll need it sooner? Sat, 22 Jan 2011 03:59:14 EST Asthma, building endurance with running-advice? I am trying to be consistent building up to be able to do a 5k. I am out of shape and my asthma is really keeping me at very slow progress for running. Just wondering if anyone has any advice as to what has worked for them for building up. I am also reactive, not proactive, I guess I should be taking my inhaler before I run! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:15:08 EST how do you calm down your asthma i just got done doing my day 1 bootcamp exercise and i'm so worn out and tired and not breathing right. how do all of you calm yourself down? i usually just try to make my body cooler and that helps alot. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:20:20 EST Need help on managing asthma. Has anyone taken OVAR and if so have you or have you heard of anyone feeling worse afterwards? I have never felt good right after I take OVAR I always feel a heaviness in my lungs but today it was the worse so I took my ProAir which helped. I emailed my dr and she told me to stay off of the OVAR for a while and see what happens. I do not want to take OVAR ever again but I also get this constant asthma cough that is so annoying which is why I went on OVAR. Any suggestions? Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:36:50 EST Asthma has me down.. (sorry for rambles) Hi! My name is Nicole and I am 25 year old Mother and Wife. My husband is in the Marine Corps and currently deployed while I am home with our almost 5 year old son (will be in 8 days) and 23 month old daughter. I have battled with Asthma since I was about 10 years old and have been dealing with being overweight for even longer. I had a very brief period of being a normal weight but I wasn't in a healthy place and got there by living off of rice, ice berg lettuce, coffee and water (when I... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 23:14:08 EST I jogged today (briefly) Today I went on my first big walk since I started Advair 250/50. ( was just re-diagnosed after 17 years). I'd previously had no rescue inhaler and no other medications.) <BR> <BR> I used to have to stop halfway and sit on a bench to catch my breath. This time I decided to walk on further than the bench with the intention of sitting on my way back. I got to the turn point where the trail ends and got a wild hair. <BR> I jogged towards the bench for about 45 seconds. When I finished I was bre... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 14:32:22 EST Newbie New to SP and new to the group. My profile gives away a huge part of why I'm here and I have a lot to lose. <BR> <BR> I've had asthma since I was born. I was premature by 2 1/2 months. My parents weren't told by the initial doctor, even though it was written on my charts. After years of suffering through elementary school having attacks and passing out during PE and Recess every single day, I was finally taken to the doctor again and they were told I'd always had it and someone must have for... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:26:01 EST Exercise induced asthma I just got done with a decent workout. I'm using EA Active for Wii, and I had a lot of trouble with the running sections. <BR> <BR> About mid-way through, my lungs started burning. I stopped running and just walked until my lungs felt better. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have any advice concerning this lung burn? Does it get better with consistent exercise? Am I doing too much? Are there any exercises that help with this lung burn? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for the input! Wed, 15 Dec 2010 22:12:44 EST Exercise with Asthma I just had bad asthma and went to the doctor who gave me Cipro 500mg & predisone and has order Advair & Singular for me. <BR> <BR> I am getting much better now, but, now I am wearing out easily. She told me that my Allergies were not helping my asthma. Are there any exercises I can do to strengthen my lungs? <BR> <BR> Tammy Wed, 8 Dec 2010 19:34:25 EST Just make it go away! Hi all, <BR> I've had asthma for years and years, and am usually pretty well controlled with a combination of Advair, singulair and allergy meds depending on the season.... However, I recently got sucker-punched with a double ear-infection that won't go away, and that's turned itself into a nasty cough. I went to the health center and got some new antibiotics to knock out the ear infection, and for the cough that won't stop I was given prednisone on the assumption that my asthma is totally ac... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:33:42 EST Buddy Classifieds Hey we all need help sometimes Feel free to reply to this message what you are looking for in a buddy age .... pounds to loose etc. Lets Go!!!!! Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:34:30 EST Exercise Induced Asthma Hey Team <BR> Just found out I had it!!!!!! <BR> Was having trouble last week. And the doctor told me to take it easy! I replied I was actually upset. So chair exercises Tips anyone... Lets lose this weight and get healthy together!!! Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:45:19 EST UGGGGHHHH Am I the only one going through this *UPDATE* Doctor says its Exercise Induced Asthma <BR> <BR> Hey everybody <BR> Anyway this is my second week of walking the threadmill 10 mins per day and for the past couple of days I increased my incline only to 1.5 and after I finish I spin into a non- stop coughing spell for about 10 minutes or more. I have always took a puff of my inhaler before I exercise and now I don't want to stop working out I just need to know have this happen to anyone please do tell <BR> Thanks <BR> ----- Kitty... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:58:25 EST New Here Hi Team! <BR> My name is Erika and I just joined this group b/c I am struggling with my exercise induced asthma and it affects my workouts. I am joining a running group at the end of this month and am concerned that I can't do it. <BR> <BR> My asthma only comes up when my allergies flare or when I work out. I am fortunate that I am not someone that has actual asthma attacks that are serious, like my little nephew. But it's frustrating to not be able to breathe fully while trying to take car... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:51:11 EST bike vs. walk Is there a simple, clear cut answer to the question, is one "better than" the other when working out with asthma: bicycling vs. walking? Is one "easier on" asthma, for example, or is that too much a case-by-case question? Thanks for considering! Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:51:10 EST all right, that's it!!! Hi, everybody! This morning I had to cut short a personal training session at the gym only halfway through because I felt another asthma attack coming on and I didn't even have an inhaler on me (well, at least not an empty one . . . :( ). On the way to the house, in between gasps, I thought, "There's gotta be a SparkTeam for that!" So the first thing I did (once I could sort of breathe again) was to boot up the computer and do a quick search, which of course led me here. <BR> <BR> I'm e... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:30:28 EST Good day <em>224</em> It's a good day, slept pretty good, no middle of the night rescue inhaler, taking prednisone....just wish the bloating would stay away though and fighting a sinus infection though but still a good day Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:46:23 EST Running with a mask in cold weather Hey everyone, <BR> First post! I noticed when jogging that breathing through my scarf helped my asthma slightly, but was very cumbersome and fogged up my glasses. Has anyone had success running with a mask? If so, what brand? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Nicole Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:37:18 EST Advice? Hi im Natalia, im 22 and i had asthma since i was born until i turned about 12 years old, then after i had my first kid asthma came back and its worst than i ever experienced it before, I started going to the gym and its so hard! i have no problem with the strenght program but i cannot finish a tae bo or spinning class and it feel just wrong having people staring at you because they think you are lazy and they dont know you can barely breath, i am however trying yoga as well and i hope this ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 00:31:14 EST cold weather and exercise induced asthma Hi, <BR> I'm in Illinois and it's just starting to get cold here. The cold air really made it hard for me to run last year with exercise induced asthma on top of my "regular old asthma". I'm really trying to stay on top of my meds this fall and take my peak flow readings every day. It's already started to drop into the yellow zone more frequently, but not into the red. If it stays consistently in the yellow, I'll call my doc. I don't want this to get out of hand. <BR> <BR> I spent my sum... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:37:28 EST FDA discontinues 7 Asthma meds FDA is discontinuing 7 asthma inhalers : <BR> ALUPENT -(metaporoterenol) - June 2010 <BR> TILADE -(nedocromil)- June 2010 <BR> AZMACORT -(cromolyn) June 2011 <BR> AEROBID - (FLUNISOLIDE) - jULY 2011 <BR> COMBIVENT - (albuterol and ipratropium in combination) Jan 2014 <BR> MAXAIR autohaler -(pirbuterol) - Jan 2014 <BR> <BR> <BR> These inhalers rely on CHLOROFLUOCARBON propellants to deliver the meds to the lungs. They are perfectly safe to the person, but the CFC can damage the Ozone Layer. ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:43:29 EST Hi im new :) Hello :) Im a university student studying art in texas, i have had asthma since i was little. its well controlled now with advair, but i occasionally get sick and have to up the dosage. im trying to lose 90lbs on South Beach diet, so wish me luck :) and im really happy i found this group :) Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:40:34 EST hi hey everybody my names Leah and I'm 20 years, have been married for 1 year and i have had asthma my whole life. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:20:44 EST Glad i found this team !! My name is Ennada and i'm really glad to be part of this team, i'm looking forward to hear from you all and learn as much as i can about health and fitness. <BR> I know that working out with asthma ca be hard but i'm staying confident . <BR> Let our journey together begin !! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:43:59 EST Need some workout advice I know cardio will help, but I never know what to do. I not only have to deal with asthma but a bad knee, so I lot the cardio work I know I can do I can't anymore because of my knee. I also don't take asthma medication, just use the emergency inhaler if I need it which I know mine is getting low and well no insurance here to see the doctor. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to get that cardio workout in? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:23:19 EST New girl! Hello my names Carlene. Im married and have 2 beautiful boys! I have had asthma my whole life. Scary not being able to breath! I would love to know what many of you do to control it! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 23:43:01 EST Hello there I am new to Spark and was all excited about getting back to a healthy lifestyle (and losing weight), but returned from vacation with strep which ended up in my lungs. Of course, everything I get ends up in my lungs. Grrr. I went to the gym yesterday and could not even walk fast enough on the elliptical to get the stats to show up ("Walk Faster"? Are you kidding me?! So sad!) <BR> <BR> I am a coughing asthmatic. That's a lot of fun. I have never smoked but sounds as if I've been smoking ... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:26:11 EST moderate to severe asthma Hello, I have had asthma for 19 years now and I find the major triggers for me are: perfume of any kind, cigarettes, pipes, humidity and exercise. I have almost constant sinus infections which don't help at all. I am on Singulair, Symbicort, Pro-Air, prednisone, Ipratroprium Bromide and Pulmicort (last two for nebulizer), plus I take Pepcid AC just to counter-act the heartburn/acid reflux from the medicines. I haven't been hospitalized for over 7 years but only because I was given the choice ... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:01:29 EST Do steroids cause you to gain weight? Today I was so excited to weigh in but ouch! I gained 2 lbs! Do you think the Rx steroids that I have been taking for 10 can cause me to gain weight? I should be losing with all of the exercise I have been doing since I felt better, but wait, I also didn't exercise during the first few days when the asthma attack started but I hardly ate also, hmmm, is it a mixture of it all? Anyone have experience with this? Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:36:09 EST Home from hospital Just got home from hospital was in ICU and then med-surg. Had to have IV solumedrol, magnesium, continuous nebs, and o2. On Prednisone, nebs every 2 hours, advair, robitussin w/codiene, and ambien cause with all these drugs not sleeping. I have horrible moonface because of the high dose IV steriods. With all this edema I am not even going to weight myself until I am off the steriods. And the steroids are making me so emotional. Nevermind when it rains it pours and I got my TOM too. Now ho... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:13:19 EST Hi Hi <BR> I have had asthma since I was 13. Had really severe asthma when I was a teenager and had to be hospitalized multiple times. Usually do really well with only needing advair for allergies or sickness and occasional resucue inhaler and 1-2 prednisone tapers a year. So, far this season I am dying just got off prednisone a week ago after a long 2 week taper because everytime I tried to come off got worse. Now I am flaring again and it is driving me crazy because it was so bad today co... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 21:20:47 EST Hello! My name is Sandra. I'm 23, a police dispatcher and student, and I have exercise induced asthma. My lungs are pretty much my enemy on this journey...I am working to make them stronger, though! <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:01:55 EST Asthma and Vitamin D Low Vitamin D may make asthma worse. Increased tendency to avoid sunlight by staying indoors and wearing sunblock and more clothing when outside likely account for inadequate Vit.D . Still unknown if Vit.D supplement would be beneficial in prevention or treatment of asthma. <BR> Source - American Journal of Respiratory and critical care medicine. May 1, 2009. <BR> <BR> National Jewish Health Center in Denver discovered hat asthmatics with more extreme symptoms, including reduced lung unctio... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 16:37:59 EST Daily Asthma Check-in Please check in with us and tell us how your asthma is affecting you each day. I know mine has been a struggle these past few weeks due to rising humidity levels around here and dust. Harder for me to get a workout done without chest burning. How are things going for you? Wed, 26 May 2010 07:17:03 EST Cardio for at least 10 minutes a day With all of us facing asthma on a daily basis I thought a good challenge for all of us would be to get at least 10 minutes of cardio in per day of some sort. I read The Spark book which is says to start with just 10 minutes and work yourself up. To all who need a jump start lets start off here and post how well your doing with it. I have revised my goals and ready to continue losing the weight. Please join in and set yourself some small goals to reach for June and let's see what we can do... Wed, 26 May 2010 07:14:35 EST Newly Diagnosed Well just got the news I have asthma and probably have had it for many years. So already being a spark memeber thought I should join this team. So Hello fellow asthmatics :) Sun, 16 May 2010 15:12:21 EST New to asthma but not needing weight loss Hi I am Sherryberry, 46 just been told I have allergy induced asthma. I wanted to cry when she told me cause I have been trying so hard for over 3 months to get over a cold then allergies and then upper resep. infection, and now asthma. I did my first breathing treatment tonight and as I sat there breathing that stuff, I was wondering when I am ever going to get started back on trying to work out???? I have so much weight to lose and this just feels like another kick in the teeth. I am so... Sat, 15 May 2010 01:51:34 EST Does your ASTHMA medication = NO WEIGHT LOSS Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I have been taking asthma medication for some time now and it seems that I am not seeing the results I want in regards to weight loss! <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me insight if the asthma medication in playing a role on why I am not loosing as fast as I should/want? Is anyone else having these same problems? I feel so STUCK!! <BR> <BR> Right now I cam currently taking Advair, Singulair, and Ventolin. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Thu, 13 May 2010 11:24:02 EST Looks like I need to join WOWA Hi there, nice to meet everyone. I wish I wasn't having to join the team, but with my asthma recently going out of control, I could definitely use the support. With being a runner, I especially am longing to get this under control - I haven't ran in 3 weeks and I miss it terribly! <BR> <BR> A bit of history: I was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma in 2004 when I had a severe asthma attack - so bad that I barely made it from my bathroom to bedroom without collapsing - and that was my first at... Mon, 10 May 2010 12:25:26 EST Just joined the forum I am trying to learn how to return to long distance running after being diagnosed with asthma. I prefer a natural approach without corticosteroids. With this forum's health I hope to get the kick back into my running! Sat, 8 May 2010 21:20:44 EST Anyone Using Advair? My asthma is not under control and my doc wants me to start using Advair. At 1st I said no because I read the Salmeterol study, but I'm not getting substantial relief or control with anything else and I'm tired of feeling this way. Is anyone else on Advair and how do you feel about it? How's it working for you? Are you feeling any side effects? Did it make a difference from other daily control medications? Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:09:17 EST Newly Diagnosed and Frustrated I started kickboxing fitness in September and noticed a cough afterwards that would last for days. After a few months the cough got worse and so did my stamina during the class. I was diagnosed with asthma (excersise induced) and have been on medication for 3 weeks now. Last night during class I was struggling. I took off my boxing gloves and my hands were bluish and cold. Is this because of lack of oxygen? Everything I read and the doctor also says to continue to exercise. Should I be doi... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:19:01 EST Howdy! Hi, I'm Nikki and I live in the burbs of Chicago. I've been doing the Spark diet for almost a week, but am just getting acquainted with this site and all it's features. Check out my blog to see what I’ve learned during my first Spark week. =) Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:49:24 EST Chest tightness and asthma Can any of you explain what the docs mean when they talk about chest tightness and what that is and feels like? Is it like when someone is hugging you too tight or what? Thu, 15 Apr 2010 02:57:16 EST New here Hi, my name is Gen, I'm from montreal and I was dxed asthmatic when I was 21 (I probally was before, but never really noticed anything) <BR> <BR> I was looking around for some exercise, and searched asthma to know if there was anything that could help me... and I found this little team page :) <BR> <BR> I'm trying hard to manage it, I'm really far from the best example to follow when it comes to that actually. I work with cats and dogs and I am alergic <BR> to both, but only have asthma wit... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:17:00 EST I'm New to Asthma and Have a Question! Hi Everyone! My name is Tory and I am a 22 year-old college student. I was really active until I hit college, but I was a swimmer with great breathing control, so my asthma symptoms went unrecognized. Now that I'm overweight and out of shape, things are a little different. I was just diagnosed with exercised-induced asthma a couple weeks ago and have been taking albuterol before I work out and Claritin at night for the allergies. Everything has been great except for one thing... <BR> <BR> Ev... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 08:47:53 EST The Spring chat Tell us how the weather is treating you for the Spring and if your asthma is worse in the spring or better. As for me that's when alot of my allergy problems begin so for me it's alot worse. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 08:36:57 EST Hi I'm Tammy hi my name is tammy I'm 20 years old I've been trying to get myself back on track since i had my son july of 2008 and have not really been able to and on the things that does make it harder is i have really bad asthma so finding this site was a god sent i really hope that its going to help me get back to where i need to be so that i can do more with my son and just be a healthy person again anyone that has any tips please it would be appreciated if you can send me them <BR> <BR> Thx <BR> Ta... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:38:47 EST Peak flow I'm wondering what your peak flow scores are. I don't really know what is normal, so I'd like to see some comparison! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 17:38:41 EST Asthma meds, sports and general wellbeing Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and there seems to be so much knowledge here so I'd like to ask you a question. I've had asthma all my life but have been fine up to about two years ago. My asthma is not serious and up to november I was only taking my reliever inhaler (blue ventolin) but I was taking it up to 6 times a day, including when exercising. Ive never had an asthma attack that was so bad I had to go see a doctor but I have had a couple where I wasnt able to talk for about an hour and... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 17:36:19 EST Hello! I'm New! Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and to WOWA. I'm also new to having asthma. I was diagnosed several years ago as an adult, but didn't have my first serious attack until 2 weeks ago, and my workouts just aren't the same. I have to change my approach to cardio and get used to not being able to work as hard. Its scary not being able to breathe, and frustrating when you're trying to lose weight. I'm looking forward to getting some insight from all of you who have experience with this. ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:34:42 EST ARTICLE / CANCER MED MAY HELP ASTHMA Article published 3-3-10...Drs. have found that a cancer treatment drug R-ROSCOVITINE may make a real difference in controlling asthma symptoms. <BR> <BR> Center for Inflammation Research at Edinburgh University in UK.- the treatment combats the cells in the immune system that can cause the asthma symptoms to flare. (In Journal FEBS Letters Aug.09). <BR> <BR> EOSINOPHILS- cells exist in airways and lungs to help prevent infection. Too many of these cells can harm other cells in lungs and ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:32:49 EST Hi there!!! I'm new and have a loaded question :) Hi there! I've been on SP for a while but just found this team. I'm having a hard time so I was wondering if you guys could help me with my questions. <BR> <BR> I have the kind of asthma which flares up when I run, exercise heavily, laugh too hard :), or if I'm exposed to a bunch of very interesting allergens :) So I just have an inhaler to take during an "attack". I've tried taking it before a workout, but all it does is speed up my heart rate (that's the adrenaline in the inhaler) and I... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:48:18 EST Prednisone and tapering Okay, the doc's got me confused. I always thought that when you are on prednisone you had to be tapered off. Now they are telling me that I can take 60 mg for 5 days and stop no taper. Has anyone else had this experience and how did it work for you? <BR> If you are on longer than that then you do have to taper according to her. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:41:06 EST HI all! I am new to SP. I was diagnosed with asthma in 2008. It was a very frustrating time for me. I was sick with a cold or flu every month for a whole year. I started having trouble breathing when I started working in an industrial environment. <BR> At work one day I couldn't breathe and started to panic. I was sent to first aid and the nurse told me it was all in my head, I was having an anxiety attack which really ticked me off because I know what a panic attack is! I went out for dinner anothe... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 17:55:45 EST Asthma-M agnesium Article Hi! I'm new to this group. I just read an article about taking 340 mg of Magnesium for 6 months can help improve lung function. Has anybody heard of this? I'm on Magnesium now for other reasons for about 2 months and I really don't see a change. Maybe it will take longer for me since I have so much trouble. The Drs. don't believe me when I tell them I never smoked.They wonder why my lungs are like this. I've had bronchitis since I was a child. I guess that did it. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 22:51:01 EST Singulair? just started it with in the last month so far I think it's the greatest thing I've taken, just wanted to know if anyone else likes it loves it hates it and why? Tue, 2 Feb 2010 20:04:59 EST Allergy Testing for Chemical Triggers For the last five years or so I have had flare ups of what I think is allergy-induced asthma every spring and summer. I've had a hard time pin-pointing my triggers, but I am worse at work in my office than at home or when I'm on vacation camping. I suspect that paint and construction fumes are triggers; I work on a college campus and spring and summer is when they do all the painting and renos around here. Fragrances seem to bother me, too. From May to September, my peak flow meter is consist... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:02:33 EST So here I am! Any advice? Hi, I'm 23 and have 2 lovely daughters ages 3 and 8 months. I've been having real trouble with my asthma since my bout with bronchitis while I was pregnant. My doctor said the best thing for me to do for my asthma was to lose weight. However, how can I loose weight when proper exercise is nearly impossible without an attack? I want to get out and walk like I used to, but a walk down the street can set me off. <BR> <BR> What kinds of exercise are good for an asthmatic? What can I try? Thanks ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:46:46 EST Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> I am so excited to see that there is a forum for people with asthma. I have had it all of my life, and although it is mild to moderate it is so hard to handle the cardio end of things. I do my best though to try and stay in shape (but could do better). <BR> <BR> What else to say? I am a wife and mother (to a wonderful three year old and precocious cockapoo), work full-time, and just want this year to be my year to get in shape. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:09:23 EST Staying active when exacerbated I do fine most of the time, but my asthma is horrible today. I can do my strength training with simple exercises ok, but is there any cardio that I can do without exacerbating my asthma when it is bad? I have drunk like 15 glasses of water and had 3 breathing treatments today. I know the idea of cardio is getting your heart pumping. How am I going to burn the calories I am supposed to on days like these without making my asthma crazier. Any ideas? Or is it best just to lay out today? R... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 21:48:35 EST Breath Flow Meter readings going down. I have not been good at using my breath flow meter as my physician has asked me to. So I have started tracking it here in that same place you put your weight in. <BR> <BR> My breath flow was 300 L/min and now it is 258. I know that is just down a little bit, but it is going down. I want to improve this as I am constantly in the "yellow" area on the meter. <BR> <BR> I also am coming to see how my readings on that reflect my energy level. <BR> <BR> <BR> I do not exercise like I know I shou... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 19:32:42 EST New to this whole asthma thing I was diagnosed last year , I am new to this whole thing , does this mean I still can work out just as hard as the next person or does it mean that I have to slow down? .. <BR> <BR> I have lost 80 lbs put 40 lbs back on <em>46</em> .. <BR> <BR> I don't know when I am having a hard time breathing from my asthma or if it's because I am out of shape .. <em>38</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:28:52 EST New WOWA member Hello my name is Melody, 52 yrs young, dragging around an unnesessary 100 pounds. Grew up lean and gorgeous. Had my children, where the wt started creeping. After military retirement, with no one to boss me around, it has crept steadily. I got pneumonia July 08, already having COPD, it was a difficult and lengthy recovery. It was months before I could even start doing housework because I was constantly out of breath. Then Jan 09, I was hospitilzed for respirtatory distress and hypoxia. All th... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:35:11 EST Hello from MI Hello, I just joined spark people. I was dx'ed with asthma in 1994 when I was 38. <BR> It is finally under control but I am on a nebulizer 4 times a day with xopenex or provential along with advair, singulair, theophylline. I have been and predinsone off and on (mostly on). <BR> I hoping to get some ideas on how to cope and stay active. Prior to asthma I was running 8 miles every day, skiing, playing soft ball. Now I can barely walk to the mail box, I have started and stopped many times tryin... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:57:01 EST Getting Short of Breath I use my inhalers before I begin excersizing or walking, I have plenty of water. If I feel I am getting to short of breath I rest for about 2 minutes which seems to be ample time to restart my walk. I go many places walking, and know where all the benchs are in order to rest, and also have my cell phone incase I get into serious breathing problems, (recommended by my doctor) Sat, 16 Jan 2010 21:28:22 EST Trying to log my minutes! My goal is to get back into the habit of exercising. I would like to get up to 30 minutes 5x a day on the elliptical. I do 20-30 minutes a day walking with my dog, so this is just adding in a trip to the gym. I need reminders! I have ADHD and problems planning and scheduling! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:47:08 EST What works for you? Hi all. I am new to SparkPeople. I have had asthma my whole life. It has gotten much worse in the past 5 years. I have gone the whole medical route and it has helped some, but I feel like, along with medicines, I need to do more to control my asthma. My husband and I have been working hard on breathcontrol. I am also allergic to just about everything and have a good deal of weight to lose. I am wondering what others do to help with their asthma. Maybe we can get some good tips for eac... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 18:15:15 EST Returning to Sparks Hello - I was a sparks member about 2 years ago and now I'm trying to get back to being active. Since then I've been diagnosed with Asthma. With the medication I feel like a different person. I'm hoping for advice from the group. <BR> Jackie Tue, 5 Jan 2010 15:05:11 EST Heart Rate Monitor Suggestions Does anyone use a heart rate monitor to help them better manage asthma while working out? I'd like to buy one, but there are so many out there that I don't know where to start. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 08:10:27 EST Our New Years discussions!! Please stop in and tell us all your goals for the New Year and let us encourage you along. I know I need all the help I can get and hope we can all help each other along. Good luck and Happy New Year. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 09:23:43 EST Coughing troubles sence Pneumonia When I was 18 I was diagnosed as being pre asthmatic, then having exercise induced Asthma.I was never bother by it, never had an inhaler or anything. Now fast forward to this past Halloween (I'm 26 now) <BR> <BR> I got sick the day after Halloween.A while ago I know, but I was sick for a week, coughing to the point I could barely catch my breath.I had a fever and started getting wheezy sounding, but I didn't have any out right trouble breathing. I went into the ER and they said that I had H1... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 03:32:14 EST Happy Holidays!!! Have a great time and take care of yourself:) We can do it!!!javascript:void(0);javascript:void(0)<BR>;javascript:void(0); Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:09:10 EST It's back.... I joined this team because my asthma has come back. I had it mildly in childhood then very badly in my twenties and almost died from it. Took allergy shots and it completely went away for 30 years. <BR> <BR> It started back up again as exercised induced asthma in the cold about 7 years ago. This fall it came back at night. My doc has put me on Symbicort which has worked great. However, my peak flow readings are never anywhere close to predicted normal since I started taking them a few... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 13:44:51 EST Hi! I've never done this here goes! <BR> <BR> My name is Joanie and I've had a weight problem all my life. In Sept. 08, I found out I was a type 2 diabetic. I was put on insulin right away because of my blood sugar count. I hate needles!! I want to be serious about losing weight and exercising so that perhaps one day I can control by diabetes with diet and exercise and not shots. I also have asthma (exercise induced) and would love to be able to conquer this. Anyone have any t... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 15:55:47 EST Hi I'm Delancey..I've never posted on Sparkpeople! I'm brand new to the community aspect of this site. I joined a couple years ago and used Sparkpeople to lose 29 pounds so far. My asthma flareups I've had since I was 12 are kicking back in lately, and over the last few months I've been juggling medications and working around the asthma during workouts. <BR> As my motivation is waning, I realize I really need the support of other people to stick to a healthy lifestyle, why not take advantage of everything Sparkpeople offers? <BR> Besides,... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 18:20:31 EST Running in the Cold Hi everyone! Its encouraging to see so many other asthmatics out there still trying to stay in shape! I'm a runner, but have recently been up north due to my job where it is MUCH colder. Because I travel for months at a time, I don't have membership to a gym so running outside is my only real option. Everytime I try to run in the cold I have frightening attacks... so... I just dont run. Any suggestions though about how to avoid these attacks or warm up my lungs so I can still run (besides all... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 23:53:44 EST November's chat room for WOWA Well November is upon us and dealing with alot of weather changes around Arkansas. It really messes with my asthma now and also triggers them lovely migraines as well. I hope your having a better time than me. Good luck this month and stop by and tell us how things are going. Mon, 2 Nov 2009 07:24:47 EST Buteyko breathing I have been doing some reading about the Buteyko breathing method and wondered if any of you have tried it? Mon, 19 Oct 2009 13:59:39 EST ProAir inhaler... .opinions? So this is the first time that my inhaler has been changed since I was in 3rd grade. I have always been on Albuterol, but suddenly last month I was given ProAir instead. I haven't had a reason to use it until the last day or two and I have noticed that it is nowhere near what my old inhaler was. Before, when I used the inhaler I felt almost immediate relief. When I held my breath that 5-10 seconds after the first puff, I could feel it working in my lungs. This new inhaler does not give me the... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 23:13:31 EST Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself! I'm Marissa, 25 year old grad student in Virginia! I've had asthma since I was little but it's progressively gotten worse. I'm hoping this group will help me find some solutions to working out instead of continuing to use it as an excuse for myself. It has always been mild, sometimes moderate in the spring. Last March it became severe though and I ended up in the hospital for a few days. It was mild again all summer and about 2 weeks ago I went into resp... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 17:35:02 EST October's Cool chat room! Well fall is upon us and asthma has messed with me a little. I have been dealing with a sick little one who has been wheezing and having to take steroids and a antibotic to help her get over it. I hope your all fairing well and have a good month. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:50:43 EST Carrying the rescue inhaler Hi All <BR> <BR> Ok, this is probably an insignificant question, but it really bugs me! Tell, me what do you use to keep your rescue inhaler in? I keep mine in my purse, since I am likely to have my purse with me in the event that I need the inhaler. But, it's in the box it came in, and is always in the way or falling out of the box and getting lost in the bottom of the purse, which probably doesn't do it any good. <BR> <BR> I'm seriously thinking of making a little "puffer purse" with... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:56:21 EST Hi, I'm Nikki! :D I'm Nikki, a (newly)22-year-old student in Washington state. I was diagnosed with asthma almost ten years ago, with triggers all over the spectrum (exercise is #1, but smoke and cold air are terrible too). <BR> <BR> I lost about twenty pounds two years ago, but I gained it all back (plus fifteen) when I had mono last Spring. <BR> Another big factor was meeting my boyfriend and copycatting his eating habits. (He's 6'9" and a former football/basketball player... I'm 5'3" and the antithesis o... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 05:40:45 EST Hi...I'm Christina Hello all! I've been exercising and dieting for (going on) 5 wks. now! I have asthma! I've had asthma since I was 6mo. old... and it is triggered by EVERYTHING!!! <BR> <BR> But... since learning to live healthier... my asthma seems to be improving some! I'm glad to be joining the team! Sun, 13 Sep 2009 09:27:12 EST Hi my name is Patsy HI my name is Patsy <BR> <BR> I know I have posted before, but I am not sure I have introduced myself <BR> <BR> HI my name is Patsy <BR> <BR> I have never had allergies or asthma until about 3 years ago.... I was constantly getting sick with pneumonia and all sorts of fun stuff... until about 7 months ago, a doctor said hey... you have allergies.. and they are causing asthma which is causing you to be sick... SO I am fairly new to all this and I need all the suggestion and help I can get o... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 17:24:01 EST Flu Jab Have you been offered the new swine flu jab my doctor has recommended it for me it is 2 injections and then he said I should still have my normal yearly flu jab as well, I am confused because on the news a few weeks ago it said you are protected if you have a normal flu jab every year , and it has been saying there are side effects from the swine flu jabs . I don't know what to do the jabs won't be ready until October Thu, 3 Sep 2009 11:49:15 EST Asthma in the family I just wondered if any of you have few members in your family who have asthma, I am 1 of 4 siblings in my family we all have asthma and we all have 1 child each who has asthma, My Beloved Daddy died of an asthma attack at the age of 32 , leaving my Mummy a widow with a 4,5,7 and 8 year old child to bring up on her own, I do not remember my Daddy as I was the 4 year old. My uncle is disabled with asthma, and my cousin is brain damaged because of an asthma attack. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:08:58 EST September's Breathe Easy room! Well another month is past and I hope maybe things are settling down for all of you. It's the fall time for me and I have had a few days with some bad headaches but so far not much short of breath yet. I hope you all have a good month and check in with us as often as you can. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 07:50:02 EST Never knew I had asthma until I started running! Hey everybody, I am new to having asthma, at least controlling it (I guess I've had it for years!). I would always tend to cough a lot and have very strong coughs that sounded like I was a smoker (I am not a smoker btw). <BR> <BR> I did get an inhaler for exercised induced asthma a year ago, but still couldn't push my runs farther than 2 miles. I went to a doctor about allergies and she said my numbers were about 20% lower than normal and she put me on meds. I've been getting better and ... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:47:52 EST Leg Cramps Just wondering if others get leg cramps and what they do about them. I have horrid ones that started when I started on Symbicort. Has anyone else experienced the same thing from asthma meds? Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:24:03 EST Do your kids have asthma? How many of you have passed your asthma onto your kids? I am sure its not something you planned on when daydreaming about how your children would be. My son has asthma and at first it was almost like a death sentence. If you need a little support every now and then or would like to give some advice visit my team page <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=35197 </link> Hopw to see you soon! Sun, 16 Aug 2009 01:28:27 EST Hi from Colorado! Hi Everyone! I am from Denver, Colorado, and I have had asthma since I was 5 years old (I am 26 now). My asthma has been really well controlled with singulair and xopenex as needed. I have recently started working out more, which is awesome, but I am noticing that I am starting to need my inhaler a lot more for my exercise-induced asthma symptoms (especially when I am swimming, sometimes having problems even after I've used my inhaler). Does anyone have suggestions for how I can minimize ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 13:22:45 EST Newbie in GA Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope Im not here under "false pretenses"! I have recently been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, and at the same appointment I was told that I don't have asthma, but rather restrictive airway disease. A lot of the same symtoms, but not obstructive in nature. I was given a maintenance inhaler, and a rescue inhaler. <BR> <BR> I'll admit, I know nothing about either asthma or RAD. But it seems that I have a lot of the same issues that you with asthma have, ... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 19:52:24 EST Time for August Chat's Another month is gone and a new one has approached. I hopt your all doing well with your goals and breathing easy as well too. Good luck this month!! Sat, 1 Aug 2009 10:41:20 EST Hello from Iowa Hello, just wanted to say hi to everyone. I have been living with Asthma for 35 years. My troubles typically kick in during exercise and cold weather. Recently I have experimented with cutting back on my medication and have been doing surprisingly well. Thanks for letting me be part of the team! <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:53:53 EST Exercise and Oxygen levels How do you get your lungs to work at full capacity instead of half? <BR> <BR> Also, when excercising how do you know if your oxygen levels slip too low and what to do about it when exercising? (we do not have the oximitmeter on our fingers to see levels so????) Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:32:58 EST Hello! I'm a college student, and I've had asthma ever since I was about five years old. I've never lived a very active lifestyle, because running around could land me in the hospital. My asthma has recently become less severe, and I've been able to start doing some light cardio. I've packed on a little extra weight over the years, and I'm eager to start learning how to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 15:53:53 EST July Chat board so stop in to chat! Well July is here and most of us are dealing with asthma problems by now. I hope you all have a good month and remember to hang by the AC to help you breathe easy. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 09:27:10 EST How are you doing with asthma symptoms? I wanted to check in and see how your doing with your asthma symptoms. I have settled down quite a bit since having my baby and doing alot better with mine. The humidity has also went down around here these past few days which also is a big help. How are all of you doing? Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:48:10 EST Working out with Asthma Hi Everyone, <BR> I have had Asthma for as long as I can remember. <BR> Working out is only a challenge for me when the weather becomes humid and sticky. I get through it by working out in a cool room. Peak flo is checked regularly and I enjoy feeling fit. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:58:50 EST glad I'm not alone I had asthma when I was younger, but I thought I'd outgrown it. Then an allergic reaction to something on a trip triggered my asthma, and even after I got back home...well, looks like my asthma's back. For the first time in almost ten years I have to use an inhaler. <BR> <BR> For while I was pretty upset, and I totally stopped exercising - I was used to jogging a couple of miles a day, and now even with the inhaler I can't even get half a mile without slowing to a walk. So I just gave up - a... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 23:57:49 EST Surprising things that make your astma better We are all different and must work with our docs to find what is best FOR US, but I thought it might be interesting to find out what others have discovered about their asthma along the way. What were you most surprised to discover about improving your asthma? <BR> <BR> ...Pam Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:26:12 EST Really struggling these past few days I am getting down to the wire on my pregnancy but my asthma has really keep me struggling these past few days. Using the relief at least once or twice a day and staying right beside the A/C just to be able to breathe. It's a struggle for me just to take a shower without getting out of breath and getting so frustrated. Is anyone else struggling really bad? Tue, 9 Jun 2009 10:13:40 EST Stumped Hi all. I could use your ideas. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with allergy induced asthma when I was 12; my allergies were tested and seemed to be mostly foods, smoke and feathers and we got rid of the family's budgie. I was never athletic, but it didn't seem that excercise triggered me. By the time I was an adult, my symptoms were all but gone, excepting smoke. Now I'm 40 and my asthma has bothered me off and on for six years. <BR> <BR> It seems to come on in the spring or summer, so I assum... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 16:44:40 EST Have you laughed today? Did I read that sign right? <BR> TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW <BR> <BR> In a Laundromat: <BR> AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT <BR> <BR> In a London department store: <BR> BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS <BR> <BR> In an office: <BR> WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN <BR> <BR> In an office: <BR> AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 22:58:22 EST Feeling like I smoked a pack of cigarettes???? Hi everyone. I have exercise-induced asthma and only use an Albuterol inhaler as needed. I started working out (after probably 14 years of being a couch potato) in Feb. 2009. In Mar 2009, I started walking outside and then in April 2009, I started the C25K running program. I also started training for my very first triathlon so I have been biking and swimming (in an indoor pool). <BR> <BR> I primarily only need my inhaler during my running sessions. On occassion, I have also needed it dur... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:54:20 EST June Chat room so stop on by Well team another month is gone and June is upon us. Kids are out of school so looking forward to spending time with them and having my new baby. I hope you all have a good month and breathe easy. Sun, 31 May 2009 18:56:25 EST Waking up at night Does anyone out there ever wake up at night with asthma symptoms? I have been waking up and feeling like I was going to choke to death. Sometimes it causes me to start a coughing attack. Sinus drainage I guess. Just wondering about others? Tue, 19 May 2009 13:48:35 EST Shaping up & firming Bust I am 61 years old and until 59 I was a size 08/12 but suddenly for no apparent reason I started gaining a tremendous amount of weight and am now an uncomfortable size 18 and have shrunk from 5'4" to 5'1". Has anyone else had this problem. Mon, 11 May 2009 05:48:29 EST Hello everyone Hi, I'm new to the board. I've been a spark member for awhile but started taking things much more seriously since January. <BR> <BR> My asthma has been bothering me much more lately, especially when I work out, so I hope to hear everyones good advice in the group. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 22:18:27 EST May Chat room so please stop by!! Wow it's May already and getting closer for me that's for sure. I wish you all a good month and breathe easy. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 17:06:58 EST Hello from Illinois Hi everyone, I'm Trish from Illinois. I just joined SP this week and it's wonderful to find this group. I've had asthma for about 10 years now and find it so hard to be active or exercise when you can't breath. I look forward to being part of this group while being on SP. Good day and good breathing to all. <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:17:13 EST Where do you carry things when jogging outside? Hello! I'm new and don't know if this question has been asked before, but I hope you guys can help me out :). <BR> <BR> I need to have an inhaler with me when I jog outside, and I also need a place to put keys, and I'd love to have water (but I can live without it). The first 2 I really need though, especially the inhaler. I've tried one of those jogging belt fanny pack type things that has a water bottle you can attach and a pocket for that kind of stuff, but I didn't really like it because... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:08:40 EST Hello from Columbus, OH Hello everyone, my name is Chris, I'm from Columbus, OH and just joined spark this past weekend. I have had asthma for a few years and it has gotten in the way of regular exercise repeatedly during that time. Glad to find this team and look forward to talking with everyone as time goes by. <BR> <BR> Chris Tue, 14 Apr 2009 22:38:05 EST Asthma and Heart Rate Monitors Just wondering if anyone notice differences in theri walk or runs when the use a HR monitor. I'm often not sure if sometime my HR is higher due to weather allergies etc (aka my asthma.) OR if anyone has a hard time learning to run a full mile and controllingtheri asthma (while you may be able to walk a full mile just as fast as someone who runs) <BR> <BR> How does Asthma effect Heart Rate or overall workout? Are asthmatics working harder or burning more calories...sometimes it just has to fe... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 00:59:53 EST April's chat so please stop by!! Stop by and tell us how your doing team. We want to hear from all of you. Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:17:17 EST Glad I found your team I have had asthma for a long time since I was born. I am now adult and had to go on disability because of it. I have been off work for 3 years due to my asthma I was working as a nurse in a nursing home for 25 years and my asthma got to the point where my dr was afraid that it would really put me down because my lung weren't in that could of shape. I have started exercising at the y on treadmill and I take it slow. I get very discouraged at times because little things set my asthma off. It ge... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 22:08:17 EST March Chat so let us know how your doing!! It's another month so please stop by and let us know how your doing. It's beginning spring for me so my asthma triggers are just beginning. I hope your all doing well and check in with us as often as you can. Sat, 28 Feb 2009 21:54:10 EST Hello Hello, my name is Shannon. As my weight has increased over the years so have my asthma and other health conditions. At 320 pounds when I started I desided enough was enough and it was time to get control over my weight and health issues. I am now down to 292 pounds. I am here looking for support from other asthma suffers. I am looking forward to getting to know you all. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 07:09:34 EST 2 days and I am OK So I have asthma, Have had it for 20+ years. I have always been afraid to excersize becasue I hate having an attack. Well for 2 day I have done Curves, and have walked out of there feeling goood! <em>244</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:05:10 EST Let's talk victories! I had a big moment at the gym a few weeks ago, when I was running and my legs got tired before my lungs. It was a real first for me, and motivated me to keep pushing. Having tried to run for so many years with EIA and allergies, I've gotten extremely frustrated with how difficult it can be for me to do the things I want to without having trouble breathing. <BR> <BR> So I got thinking, let's talk about some victories with exercise to keep us all motivated! <BR> <BR> My father is one of my ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 13:23:48 EST Horible dream I went back to sleep this morning after my finace left for work. I had a dream where I was having difficulty breathing, and when I woke up, I was having an asthma attack. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else ever do this? <BR> <BR> I have these dreams constantly! And it really irks me because in the dream, I know exactly what's causing it, but I have to wait until I wake up before I can take care of the matter. Just wondering if I was the only strange one here <em>100</em> <em>100</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 12:10:48 EST Hi (gasp), I made it here! (gasp)!!! Hi all! I've been involved with Spark for a little over a year. At first I had success then failure, and decided 2009 was going to be MY year! I jumped on my treadmill two weeks ago and nearly called 911 after 15 minutes. Apparently, I've developed asthma since the last time I attempted to exert myself. After a day at the local hospital for test, it was confirmed I have asthma. I have an inhaler, and a follow up with my doctor in a week to see just how bad I am. I live in upstate NY, where th... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 07:22:36 EST February Chat room Sorry I was away but was out of power for a week and just now back. Good luck! Wed, 4 Feb 2009 18:12:27 EST I'm new and have questions Hi, I'm Kathie and I had asthma pretty bad as a child. As an adult I haven't had it bad and only used an inhaler for awhile around 10 years ago. Over the holidays I had a couple of episodes where I wished I had an inhaler again. Might have to see my doctor again about that. <BR> Anyway, I was wondering if any of you found anything to help increase lung capacity such as breathing exercises. I have tried to find ideas like playing a wind instrument like a harmonica or blowing up balloons. ... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 19:30:07 EST Everyday housework and asthma How do you handle your everyday house work and keep you asthma under control? <BR> <BR> My asthma has gotten worse since I have gotten older. My weight is no help either, so that is one reason why I am here at SP. <BR> <BR> I have an asthma attack everytime I mop or vaccum floors, everytime I go down to the dungeon (my basement) to do laundry and everytime I have to shampoo the carpet or spot clean. When I clean the bathrooms or kitchen with household cleaners I have to be very careful to... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:16:33 EST New from IL Hey there peeps! I was just drawn into this place by my sister this past weekend and I find it very addicting. I've had asthma for most of my 22 years with the joy of it being classified as 'activity-induced.' But I'm not one that enjoys being held back by such things. I guess my biggest challenge in the upcoming days of working out is remembering to use my inhaler 30mins before I begin. It's too easy to use that as an excuse to not be active... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:25:25 EST Cost of Albuterol? I'm about to get a new Albuterol for the first time in about 2 years and I understand the cost of it has gone way up. I don't have insurance... Can anybody tell me how much to expect this to be? I've heard everything from $160 to $20. I don't have a job either, so hopefully I don't have to make the choice between breathing and paying bills. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:33:05 EST Is it really asthma? Hi! <BR> I'll introduce myself properly in the right thread, but in the mean time, I do have a question. <BR> I was diagnosed in April of last year with asthma. My doctor at that time used the fact that I get out of breath easily, have a persistent heavy cough triggered by cold (air or beverages like shakes in particular), and have had my nails and lips turn blue after a heavy workout... <BR> I know, I know, sounds like asthma, right? Well, I had to go to an allergist/asthma/dermatology type ... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 04:08:02 EST Forgotten Team Morning, I had forgotten about this time. :( I'm sorry. Still have asthma but it's decreased but do get alot of hay fever. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 01:34:05 EST New From NW CT I came across this team on someone else's SparkPage and thought why had I not looked for a team like this last week. I have had asthma most of my life. From the earliest time, I can remember as a child, having to be brought to the family doctor for a shot of adrenalin and later taking these pill, called Marax, that made you feel so jumpy that my mother us to take me home from events. <BR> <BR> Back then my parents worried about me doing any sport like basketball or softball, so I was not al... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:26:44 EST Vitamin to help control symptoms Hi, I actually had this on the SP boards and thought I would place it here instead. <BR> <BR> I have severe asthma, have had it since I was a baby and it has gotten worse over the years. I know that my weight plays a big roll in my not being able to breath well, and that is one reason why I am at SP. <BR> <BR> I saw an article the other day about asthma and taking a certain vitamin to help control symptoms, but now I cannot find the article and I would like to know what the vitamin is. Doe... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:43:53 EST New here from VA Hello, I am Robin and I am from VA. I have had Asthma all my life, since I was a baby. My doctors always told my parents that I would grow out of my asthma and if I didn't, I needed to marry a rich man. <em>246</em> Well, my asthma has gotten worse over the years and I didn't marry a rich man and I am over weight. <BR> <BR> I have been married twice, my second husband is a wonderful man, and we have one child together. I had 2 children with my first husband, actually 3, but I misscarrie... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 12:50:39 EST Asthmatic Bronchitis and Strength Training. I am new to this team and I am really hoping to learn from other members. <BR> <BR> I have not had health insurance for years now. I use a free medical clinic on a "need to" basis. They provide me with some sample medications. <BR> <BR> On Oct 15th I developed a cough that I thought was related to a cold I had symptoms of for three days. That cough became worse and worse and finally in the first few days of Nov. I went to the medical clinic. They said it was "Asthmatic Bronchitis". <BR> <B... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 16:45:41 EST January 2009 Chat board! Please join in with us I am trying to get my new years's boards started and hope all of you have a wonderful New Year. I hope also for more of you to stop by and talk with us and we can get to know each other better. I look forward to our new year together. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:34:35 EST New Year's Resolutions for you? Just wondering what your New Year's Resolutions were? <BR> <BR> I hope to have a better controlled asthma year and have a healthy baby come June. How about the rest of you? Sat, 27 Dec 2008 10:46:16 EST Suggestions I need suggestions for a challenge for the new year. I will try my best to participate but I really need some ideas for things to do and need the motivation. Sat, 20 Dec 2008 08:36:39 EST Happy Holidays!! I wanted to take the time to wish all of you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year. I have not been around as much as I should and am so sorry for that. This pregnancy has been alittle harder than I thought at my age but hitting the second trimester and hope things will settle down. I also hope to continue in losing my weight and baby will still grow. Again Happy Holidays and let's make the most of 2009. Sat, 20 Dec 2008 08:31:43 EST Using EXCUSES....... I'm just curious - how many of you use your asthma as an excuse NOT to exercise? <BR> I sometimes find myself saying "I can't breathe very well today, so I shouldn't exercise & make it worse - maybe tomorrow if I feel better"...... <BR> Anyone else? Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:17:38 EST Anyone do TURBO JAM?? I was just introduced to Turbo Jam about a month ago. I did Learn & Burn for the first couple of times, and even during that I was wheezy <em>24</em> . For the past 3 weeks I've been doing Cardio Party Mix 2, and I LOVE it, but I have to slow down periodically throughout the workout (sometimes even stopping for 30 secs. or so) because I can't catch my breath. <BR> Anyone else do Turbo? Can you offer some advice on how to maintain the intensity throughout?? <BR> Thanks! Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:14:12 EST New & gasping.... I am new to this board (actually didn't know there was a board for asthma support - so glad there is). I have been having a hard time with my asthma since October, but lately it's gotten really bad. I have a lot of mucous I can't seem to cough up (sorry TMI) & my Turbo Jam workouts have become almost impossible to do. I've upped my steroid (Pulmicort) to 4 puffs, 3 times a day, but it doesn't seem to be helping. :-( <BR> I REALLY don't want to have to go on oral prednisone again - I was on ... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:02:46 EST Long Term Inhalers Hey, everyone. Did you see on the news that some of the long acting inhalers may be causing asthma to get worse? This includes Advair and Symbicort and a couple of others. There is a debate going on I guess because it helps most people but makes other people worse. There are some that want to take these meds off the market. Others are saying that would be a step backwards. Do any of you have more information on this? Thu, 11 Dec 2008 07:22:55 EST Im new and have a question I'm new to this group and very excited to be here :) <BR> <BR> I tried to jog (slowly) this morning and I had one of the worst asthma attacks I have ever had. <BR> <BR> Im getting frustrated because it seems like everything that I try results in a major asthma issue. I tried swimming, which was fine but I'm not very good at swimming so wasn't really getting a lot out of it exercise was. <BR> <BR> Jogging is now out, apparently. <BR> <BR> What do you use? <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> Mon, 8 Dec 2008 13:47:56 EST December Chat room Well another month is on us and probably all of us are experiencing some asthma symptoms or at least I am. I hope you all have a good month and let's make the most of it. Mon, 1 Dec 2008 08:09:09 EST Another newbie Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team. I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma some time ago. It's been a struggle dealing with... they tried me on Albuterol, Intal, and Advair. The only one that's made a bit of difference has been the Albuterol. <BR> <BR> My question is how do you keep your motivation? I try to work out but get so discouraged when I start being unable to breathe. I feel like my throat is closing off and someone is sitting on my lungs after about 5 minutes of runn... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 22:11:42 EST Has anyone participated in a 5K marathon? Call me crazy, but I am intrigued by the idea of running in a marathon. If I participate in one someday, I may have to settle for run/walk intervals to get through it. I was just wondering...has anyone ran a 5K? (Don't get me wrong, I know it would require a lot of training & I should also consult my doctor.) Ok, fellow asthmatics, what do you say? Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:46:06 EST Recovery from a cold Here's a question: how long do you 'take it easy' with a cold? The rule of thumb for most people is not to workout when sick. However, I find with asthma it can take several days after cold syptoms to subside before my breathing is normal again. <BR> <BR> The last time I was sick was about three weeks ago. I generally use an HFA inhaler before working out, and felt fine until I went through the gym and could barely make it through 45min on the stairclimber. I actually had to stop at 30... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 16:32:15 EST Chat room for November. Please visit with us! Here is are chat board for November and I welcome you all to chat with us on a daily basis. We love to get to know our new members and old ones as well. I wish you all a good month and pray our asthmas symptoms are few are far between. Take care team and best of luck to you. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 10:15:25 EST New to Team & Asthma Hello everyone. I was recently told I have asthma. And by recently I mean maybe a week ago going on two. And in that time I've already had 2 asthma attacks. The first one is how we figured out I have it. My boss sent me to the doctor after complaining I couldn't really breath and my chest was tight. The next asthma attack was even worse... a week later. I ended up in the ER. <BR> <BR> I go back to my doctor on Thrusday to talk to him. So I'm hoping this team will help me with all that I nee... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 02:09:12 EST How are you dealing with the colder weather? Well, it's starting to get a lot cooler here in Oklahoma, and that's usually when I have my worse breathing problems. I can't deal with the cold air. If it gets too bad, I wear a scarf, but it severely impedes my opportunities for outdoor activities. I mean, it's not so cold that you can't be outside and do things, but at the same time, just breathing the air triggers an asthma attack for me. This morning I was wheezing just from walking my son up the sidewalk to school, not from the walking,... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 23:18:19 EST New here Ok I am not sure if I have asthma but I noticed a month ago every time I work out I cannot breathe. I went to the doctor and was told I do not have asthma but my sinus's are draining in my throat and I have been breathing so hard I pulled a muscle in my chest. Also she said it may be a panic attack but I dont think it is. For one when I work out I dont think about anything and I do not feel anxious or scared. It just comes over me and I gasp for air for hours on end. Im wondering if anyone ha... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:34:26 EST Is it true I was just informed that I have asthma so I have some questions : <BR> <BR> 1.Is it true that u can get it later in life? (adult) <BR> <BR> 2. Is it true that using the inhaler makes you gain weight? <BR> <BR> 3. Is there such thing as just a seasonal asthma? <BR> <BR> Thnx! Mon, 20 Oct 2008 07:37:18 EST Weight gain on Flovent?? Has anyone else experienced weight gain while on Flovent? I started on it about a month ago, and have put on 10 pounds since then. I really haven't changed my eating habits, so I'm not sure what's up. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 09:48:17 EST hello My name is Patsy. I have had asthma since senior high school. Did not know it at first till my first incident. I am now 33. I have been doing very good lately. Steady on my meds. I have been sick for about a week now and having trouble with exercising. When i get hot i start to cough. I want to exercise very badly but afraid that i will have an attack. Thu, 16 Oct 2008 21:00:27 EST Team, how are you doing? I haven't heard from some of you in a while and wanted to touch base with all of you. How are you doing and are you struggling any or getting better. <BR> I have had a few struggles and used the relief but not to bad for it to be fall. I am excited that the allergy shots are helping that much. Usually I am really having problems around now but this year doing fairly well. Also do any of you take flu shots? Sun, 12 Oct 2008 09:33:25 EST weather I know seasonal "allergies" affect my asthma but will just the chang ein temperature? I know that probably an individual thing but does anyone know...will it make runnin goutside harder the colder it is? Fri, 3 Oct 2008 09:14:01 EST New to the team Hello all! I'm new to this team (for some reason it never occured to join a team for asthmatics until now). I have been on sp for 3 weeks now and I have been a diagnosed asthmatic since the age of five. My asthma is very under control (hasn't been bad since I was 12 or 13) but I do notice the tightness in my chest more now that it is getting colder and dry out. How do you cope, besides a puff of the inhaler? Thu, 2 Oct 2008 14:55:52 EST October Chat Room for all members Good luck in reaching your goals for October team. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 21:22:40 EST new to this team and still pretty new to asthma I was diagnozed with "asthma and allergies" in May 08. It took us several weeks to find the right medicine, advair. Around the same time I began running. My doctor encourage it. I have had very few asthma attacks since the diagnosis. Saturday I ran a competitve 5k in Dearborn, Mi and my asthma flared up. I decided to complete the run. It was hard . By the end it felt like i was breathing glass. But I needed to do this. <BR> I ran my best time to date that day. <BR> I decided I would join an ... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 13:24:18 EST Any Teachers Here? The difference between my symptoms during the school year is so great compared to when I am not in the building that I know the classroom has so much to do with my flare ups. <BR> <BR> My guesses: <BR> dust! <BR> whiteboard markers <BR> pesticides <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Any ideas about preventing the allergy triggers? Sun, 28 Sep 2008 16:11:50 EST New to this team, but not asthma! Hi, everybody, all the way from Milan, Italy! <BR> My name is Karina and I am a California transplant to Milan, where I live my DH and DS (who is 8 and also, unf, unf, another budding asthmatic). <BR> I am so pleased to have found this team! I have been fighting tooth and nail for the past year or so with the "BIG A", which after years of being very tame, to the point that I was able to do just about everything (as long as I had an inhaler handy!), has raised its ugly head and has been sendi... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 15:43:00 EST How has your asthma been treating you? I just wanted to check in with all and see how your asthma has been treating you? I have been doing fairly well and no steroid in a while now. How about you? Wed, 3 Sep 2008 10:32:01 EST Good morning team and how was you weekend? I wanted to wish you all a good morning and check to see how the weekend went? Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:11:50 EST September Chat Room I wish you all a great month team. Sun, 31 Aug 2008 18:48:53 EST New with question Hey!!! hhaha I sorta feel like I have asthma. Well, I haven't actually been diagnosed with asthma. I'm going to the doctor to have it checked out soon. But I had a question. Have any of you had a really big problem with running? My sister and mom have asthma but they rarely have any kind of asthma attacks. When I walk fast or starting jogging I sort get what feels like a panic attack. So I had assumed that's what it was and not that it was asthma...but one time I started weezing. Then this we... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 02:24:27 EST Athletes with Asthma Let's start a thread on famous or even not-so-famous athletes with asthma. I could use the motivation. <BR> <BR> In 2007, Australian swimmer Grant Hackett was diagnosed with asthma. He swims the 1500 metres and 10 kilometres races. I saw him swim last night in the Olympics. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 18:55:14 EST A Night In The Life Of The Fat Chick To change the pace on things, here is the nightly version of the fat chick <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=LONIMARIE </link> Tue, 12 Aug 2008 16:36:08 EST Hi - I'm New Just joined today. I've been living with asthma my whole life. I've still remained active but it does have an impact on how long and how hard I exercise/play. I recently went to a specialist and it was refreshing to get a doctor's opinion on exercise and my diet. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be a part of this team now. I look forward to giving and receiving many tips and much support. Fri, 8 Aug 2008 08:02:16 EST WOWA! New here Hey I am Tamara. Stop by my page and say hi! I look forward to contributing to this awesome group! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 21:42:59 EST The Birthday The fat chick's latest blog <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=LONIMARIE </link> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 16:58:41 EST August Challenge Team let's do a variety of things this month for a challenges. <BR> First make sure you get your 8 glasses of water daily, get at least 5 serving of fruits and veggies per day, 3 days of strength training for at least 30 minutes, and 3 days of cardio for 30-45 minutes. I hope all of you are beginning to work yourselves up and able to withstand this much cardio if not please post what you have done. That's still a big accomplishment. Please post here all your results and see who comes out... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 09:17:29 EST August Chat Room Well team another month is on us so I hope you all make it a great one and best of luck to all of you with your asthma. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 09:12:45 EST Greetings from Utah Hi! I am 44, and I have one husband, two cats, and three stepsons. I work full time, am an avid photographer, and love adventures. I've noticed the less active I become the harder it is to get started on a new activity. Currently I make sure I climb 2 flights of stairs every day at work. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to find this group and look forward to learning things from all of you. Especially on how to exercise without triggering an asthma attack! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 01:14:50 EST out of town hi everyone. I just wanted you to know that I will only be able to get online once a day for a while due to the fact that my computer is in the shop and my BF uses his for work so I can only use it at night. I am going to do the challenge I wrote everything down so i can post it when I can. I will also be out of town from july 23 to july 27 for a family event so i wont have access to a computer. everything will be posted when i get back and I am doing the challenge to the end of july. I hope ... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 02:46:37 EST Anti-inf lamatory diet To me, a diet is not just what you are eating right now to meet nutritional or fitness goals, it is what you eat and your eating habits. <BR> <BR> Over the years, I have been getting closer and closer to this type of diet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nflammatory-diet </link> <BR> <BR> I do think it has helped me. However, I've been migrating toward this time of diet for over 10 years. I'm still not there - for example, I fell off the vitamins and supplements... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:38:30 EST SP Bootcamp with Asthma So I just joined the SP bootcamp and now I'm scared. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 4 weeks of daily exercise! <BR> <BR> Even though I don't think I will be able to do everything, I plan to do what I can. Right now I just need structure and a jump start and MOTIVATION. September is my worst month for asthma, and I want to be ready for it when it comes. <BR> <BR> Anyone here want to do it with me? I'm going to start Wednesday, but you can join at any time. Wed, 9 Jul 2008 00:17:23 EST Does it get better? Does exercise help with the asthma? <BR> <BR> Will my asthma always be at this level? Tue, 8 Jul 2008 23:39:45 EST Tips for building endurance? I've been trying to steadily increase the amount of cardio that I can do, but I'm hitting a wall. I just run out of steam and lose my breath and can't keep going for longer than 30 minutes in my target heart rate range. I take Singulair daily, and use my albuterol inhaler prior to workouts. Any tips? Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:48:22 EST July 2008 Challenge This month I hope we all just try to stick to a few basics. I know that cardio can be tough on us all but at least just try to get in 10 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things I think we all can do. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink our 8 glasses if water per day. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat 5 fruits and veggies per day. <BR> <BR> 3. Get 8 hours of sleep each night. <BR> <BR> 4. Record you steps with a pedometer and try to get at least 5000+ steps per day. <BR> <BR> 5. 15-30 minutes of strength traini... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 10:48:00 EST July 2008 Daily Chat Room Hello team and another month is on us. I hope all are doing well and have a great month. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 21:26:40 EST July beginning weight my July first starting weight is 221.8lbs I have found out that my scale here at home doesn't work right so I tossed it. I will get my weight done at the new scale that my gym has every monday. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:23:49 EST Allergy shot - not immunotherapy? I normally am very careful about what I put in my body, but for some reason, I let the dr. give me an "allergy" shot that he recommends for me twice a year, once in spring, once in fall. I think it is a type of steroid, like a cortazone shot? <BR> <BR> Has anyone else heard of these? He says it will help me not get sick every time I start an exercise program. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 00:04:16 EST Breathing exercises Hi. I was curious - what kind of breathing exercises do you do, and do they help? Tue, 1 Jul 2008 23:54:45 EST July Challenge 2008 Ok team instead of cardio let's look at inches lost for this month as well as pant sizes. I want to try and lose 1 pant size for this month. Please post your beginning inches and let's see what we can do with this. Sat, 28 Jun 2008 08:17:02 EST mental roadblock. How did you overcome your mental roadblock, when you came to excersize. <BR> <BR> I can barely do it know. Before I was able to run 4.5 miles no problem .. now .. I can barely run 2.5 to 3! <BR> <BR> Help! What is going on? Fri, 27 Jun 2008 11:37:31 EST New to the group Hi everyone, i'm new to the group. I have severe asthma and am on prednosone daily, advair, allergy meds and theophilline (sp) and I still have problems exercising. I am also recovering from cervical cancer surgery so i am just getting back to being able to walk around. plus I have had my tubes tied because I couldn't gain anymore weight from my birthcontrol so it was the only option. I know the more weight I gain the more problems i have and I need to find a way to exercise that wont affect ... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:56:34 EST My Asthma Can't Catch Me! Hello! Just joined... didn't realize there was an asthma team until I saw it on GREENRUNNER's page after talking with her about running. <BR> <BR> I just ran my first half-marathon on Sunday, and I've got my asthma pretty under control. I just wanted to join to cheer everybody on and be one more person proving that "my asthma can't catch me"! Tue, 24 Jun 2008 23:06:42 EST Outdoor Sports Does anyone here do outdoor sports? I'm finding them exceptionally difficult with my asthma/ allergies. I used to jog about 10 years ago, but had to stop when I started getting hives. I am now actively treating with an allergist/ immunologist for allergies and asthma. Although I mostly exercise indoors, I like to try outdoor sports for variety when the weather is nice. <BR> <BR> I got into rollerblading last summer and found it to be challenging and enjoyable. By the end of last summer ... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 12:08:48 EST Hey there Aloha, <BR> <BR> I was so excited that I found this group. It will be nice to chat with others who also have difficulty working out because of asthma. I am a fairly active person who loves to be outdoors, but sometimes struggles with asthma attacks. Anyways, I really look forward to getting to know each of you better. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 18:27:25 EST