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7/22/14 11:16 P

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Hi, I'm Margo and new to the team. I'm 63 with adult-onset asthma (when I was 52) and that, my weight, and growing older is making things a bit of a chore. Walking up steps can be not fun when combined with the arthritis in my knees emoticon I do not get "triggered" (my husband smokes, I have two cats I'm sensitive too (okay, allergic -- have to constantly wash my hands after I pet them, etc.) and I'm a slob (dust :-) but just kind of need my rescue inhaler every so often whether or not I am being "compliant" with my maintenance one (I get the same prescriptions every 3 months when I have my quarterly doctor's appointment and do "well" on my yearly pulmonary tests -- go figure). It just feels frustrating that no matter what I do, nothing really makes a difference and I'm somewhat psychologically habituated.

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7/8/14 5:51 A

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Hey everyone, I'm Georgia, I'm 24, mum of two kids at school, work part-time. I've had asthma since I was little but I've also been diagnosed with EDS-type 3/hypermobility, which means that I can't/shouldn't do any high intensity exercises, and even situps hurts my back. So as you can imagine I'm finding it hard to exercise as most exercises are painful to my joints, but I'm sick of only getting bigger and if I don't do something now it's only going to get harder. Is anybody else trying to lose weight with asthma as well as another illness? How do you cope/find gentle but effective exercises?
Hope everyone is doing well on their weight loss journey's x

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6/16/14 12:06 P

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New to the team and have had asthma for over 40 years. Much more manageable now. Thank God!

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5/11/14 10:44 A

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Howdy y'all! I'm Emily and new to this team. I've had asthma my entire life but with me weight gain it's only gotten worse. Exercise is a struggle but I know it will only decrease with weight loss. Just need to keep pushing

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4/24/14 2:49 P

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Hi everyone I'm Carrie new to the team. I have had asthma, but now it got worse, now I'm taking 2 meds for it.

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hey group, I am not a new member but just came across this forum so here i am. I have had asthma since I was 3 yrs old. But lately it has been kicking my butt. Its been so bad that I now do daily breathing treatments, been to the ER countless times and to my doc as well. At one time I felt good that exercising wasn't an issue but now I am huffing and puffing just when I go upstairs. I want to get back to my active life and its a working progress.
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7/28/13 12:07 A

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Hi all! I am a new member to spark people and I joined this group because I need to figure out a way to have a successful workout routine without triggering my asthma. I was first diagnosed at 6 months old and so this has been a lifelong thing for me. Lucky for me my mother never let me use it as an excuse to not be in sports or run or play. As a kid I was always active, but living with it also reminded me of my limits. As a 33 year old adult i'm finding myself more limited by it. I get allergy induced attacks more often and also most times it's coupled with a dose of bronchitis and awful coughing fits. Having to explain to my 5 year old that my lungs are sick isn't fun either. Running and jogging have always been difficult for me and so mostly I walk for excersise. I've had my asthma mostly controlled all my life and I have a rescue inhaler that barely gets used. I have been on advair before and with my last pregnancy I was hosptialized for a darn cold because my oxygen quality was so low. Since then it's been acting up a lot more than it used to. I live in Texas and it's always hot and humid outside and it's just really hard to have the motivation to get out there and walk. I know I just need to get out there and suck it up but it's a tough challenge to do it. I'd like to know what others do to deal with it while keeping a healthy active lifestyle.

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4/6/13 4:04 P

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Hi All!
I was diagnosed with asthma about a year and a half ago. I think I've had it for a while, but over the last few years exercise has gotten progressively harder, never felt like i could get enough air. Since being diagnosed, I've been slowly clawing my way back to something closer to normal. I never figured it would take so long. I'm hoping to learn from all of your experiences and continue to improve :-)

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3/21/13 6:16 A

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Hi Everyone!

My asthma had been under control for a very long time until just a few days ago. Now I am having a lot of trouble breathing. Also, I have always coughed a lot with asthma and the last few days have been awful. I need new tubes for the breathing machine so as soon as I get them I will take the machine. Showers and drinking hot liquids are helping. Also, for me if I pool walk or swim that helps my asthma.

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2/8/13 1:32 P

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Hi all!

I've had asthma since I was 6mo old! I really struggle with exercise and controlling my asthma. I've gone to specialist, tried medication after medication and I still struggle. It's gotten to the point that I have trouble walking up a flight of steps without being out of breath and my heart rate going near 200 bpm. In the warm months, I experience black outs often! I've recently moved and trying to find new doctors. I have grown so accustom to living with asthma that I rarely take the medications (I know, very bad) and I just know my limits. None of the medications have really helped at a significant level, mainly just smoothing things over slightly. I'm hoping that with the help of new specialist, the Spark Community and this group that maybe I will loose some weight and learn to better cope with my asthma.

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hi everyone
i have asthma but so far its controlled thankfully
its been controlled now about 6 years


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8/19/12 1:39 P

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hi,
ive returned to sparkpeople after a long absence too.

sherry - your asthma should get better as you exercise, but to let you know, i still have an asthma attack on occasion. i do take my rescue inhaler 15-30 min before i workoout and that is supposed to help exercising, hope htat helps you.

ivylass - advair is a maintenance drug, so you may not think it is working. you need to make sure you are taking it twice a day. there are also 3 different prescriptions for advair, there is 100/50, 250/50 and 500/50. i have been taught that i shouldn't be on the 500/50 for longer than 2 weeks, it is to help get me back on track. i take 250/50 all the time, my asthma has not been completely controlled at the low one which is green on the label. i take my rescue inhaler every time i workout, it helps my lungs better. if you believe the advair still isn't working for you, then you need to see your dr, there are many different kinds of maintenance drugs for asthmatics. i ended with advair, it was the best one for me. good luck

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Hello, I just found this team. I have returned to spark people after a long absence. I was doing well with my new healthy ways until I got sick. The doctor told me not to exercise because of my asthma. Once she gave me the okay to return to exercise, it was hard to do so. I had gotten out of the habit. Now I am trying to return to the healthy ways, but asthma gets in the way every time I exercise. It is very frustrating.

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8/11/12 11:44 P

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I never had asthma before. About two and a half years ago I went to my doctor because I could not get rid of this cough. (No, I don't smoke.) After some tests and scans it was determined that the radiation I had had in 2008 to treat my breast cancer (still got both the girls, and the cancer is gone) may have damaged my lungs a bit.

I was prescribed Advair, used it for about two months, then the cough went away. I stopped taking the Advair. Then, about three weeks ago, I came down with a mild cold. It cleared up before the week was over, but the cough came back. After about a week and a half of using the Advair again, it still hadn't cleared up. I'm on day four of a six-day round of steroids, I have a rescue inhaler now, and the Advair doesn't seem to be helping.

I probably shouldn't have done it, but I went to Zumba today, and it took about fifteen minutes after class was over (and two more puffs on the rescue inhaler) to catch my breath. If it doesn't get better I will have to go see my pulmonologist (my primary prescribed the Proventil and steroids.)

Sorry this is so long, but I'm a bit irked. I've worked hard at getting healthy and staying fit and this stupid cough is driving me nuts. I'm glad I found this team.

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6/30/12 12:23 P

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Hi I am a returnee. I was diagnosed with asthma about a year ago, but suspect ive had it much longer. Does anyone use turbo inhalers Im not sure they work all that well

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Welcome to all!! I have been on this team since 2008,, I agree that this past year was a doozy for asthma and allergies.. I, too, remember that chest tightness when running as a child,, parents never knew, nobody did back in the olden days..
I probably had that and my fibro all that time,, pain has been constant.. How far we have come in medicine and diagnosis..

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6/12/12 5:00 P

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Hi all! I have been on SP for a while now. I suffer from a number of birth defect health problems that make it VERY hard to reach a target heart rate at all in a good workout. Yet I am here to say it CAN be done. Very slowly, and at odd moments, yet there are still activities to do. In fact, trying to be fit helps your health get worse. It is a much needed goal. I am glad this page has such helpful people to keep me motivated when I want to give up.

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6/4/12 12:04 P

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Hello everyone! I'm not new to spark people, but I'm new to this team. Last night I had a realization that I might have been dealing with Exercise Induced Asthma all my life and didn't know it. I can see the patterns from when I was young and it makes completely sense now. So I'm joining this team AND making an appt with my doctor to confirm/get help to manage it so I can progress in my workouts.

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5/20/12 10:59 P

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New to team, person with asthma since childhood. This season has been very bad!

I had whooping cough over Christmas (they call it the 100 day cough for a reason, UPDATE your vaccines! I was vaccinated as a child - but they are recommending a 'booster' now) and after a time on antibiotics the cough improved slowly.

My current asthma regime does not seem to be able to cope with the seasonal allergy triggers this year, and I have developed cough-variant asthma that is making life difficult. Just when I thought the cough was gone, another takes it place.


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2/25/12 6:22 P

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HI, I've had asthma since childhood. In my own research I've discovered that dairy products can cause more problems with asthma. That may be something to try and minimize to improve yourself.

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2/14/12 7:17 P

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Hi, I live in SW kansas. I am looking to lose a little over 100 lbs this year and I am hoping it helps my asthma to do so. At this time I am training for my first 5K that will be in March.

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Hi! My name is Kristina and I'm from Topeka, KS. I just found out today that I have exercise-induced asthma. I've had problems breathing lately but didn't really think anything about it. I always just thought it was allergies or the recent weight gain. Unfortunately, I hate the recent weight I've gained.

I'm not over-weight but I like to be preventative. I am hoping to lose a few pounds and get myself back into healthy mode. I'm also wanting to show my 2 kids that you can be active and not just sit at home all day. This is what they think I do since I have quit my job.

I'm also looking for encouragement as I get back into the swing of things after being gone from Sparkpeople for almost 2 years!

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Hey, I'm Lisa and 19. I'm a second year university student majoring in History. I was just diagnosed with asthma in October, but I've had minor breathing problems since I was ten or eleven. My parents never had me tested for asthma as we live in a smog-prone area and a factory city, so EVERYONE has trouble breathing from time to time. I should probably move, but its my home. I've been in the ER seven or eight times since uly. I'm on advair with a ventillin puffer. Right now I'm on presnedone but that's just a temporary thing for the next five days.

I'm kind of new to this all but I don't want to stop exercising because the health risks of being overwieght kind of outweigh asthma....on the other hand I don't want to be in the ER

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11/22/11 11:33 P

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Hello! I'm new to this team, coming back to SparkPeople after a year of health challenges.

I have asthma which hadn't really bothered me since high school, but has sent me to the ER 6 times this year. I'm 34, and I had multiple bilateral pulmonary emboli back in April following a string of respiratory infections. I've been in pulmonary rehab ever since, with a setback (a nasty infection with a rare virus) landing me back in the hospital for most of October.

I'm breathing wonderfully now, and just starting to be able to exercise again.

I'm on advair 500/50 + singulair. Thankfully off prednisone for the moment!

I totally relate to everyone who is paranoid about infection. I live in NYC and take the subway, and I'm totally that crazy lady who carries purell with her everywhere now!!

Glad to find this group.

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10/17/11 6:47 P

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Welcome Debbie! I know exactly how you feel. I've had asthma & chronic bronchitis for most of my life and I tend to be a germaphobe during the fall/winter also. With our health conditions, you kinda have to be! Lol! I know it's easy to get discouraged - especially while on oral steroids - but keep smiling & keep up the fantastic work! The important thing is that you're exercising & working toward your goals for a healthier lifestyle. It's great to meet you! I requested you as a friend & I hope to see you on WOWA. :)

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10/5/11 10:25 P

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Hello,

My name is Debbie. I am a working mother of two with Asthma and High Blood Pressure. I have been asthmatic since I was 10 years old and never grew out of it. I've had pneumonia at least three times and get bronchitis regularly. I started SparkPeople about three weeks ago to loose a few lbs, feel good in my clothes and in general become healthier. I got my flu vaccine and dTap in the last month and will be getting my pneumia vaccine very soon. One of my goals this winter is to not get sick. As many of you know, a cold or the flu for people like us means some sort of respitory infection. Last year I was on steroids for three weeks and gain 6 lbs. in those three weeks. I'm open to all suggestions. I hate being a germaphobe, but I can't help it this time of the year.

I do The Firm Express and Zumba Fitness. I just have to slow down when my asthma acts up. I figured out that I have exercise induced asthma as an adult. When I was a kid they didn't have all of the information that is now available on asthma. I bought a heart rate monitor and found that it I wear it when I exercise and keep my heart rate where I'm burning calories I can keep my asthma at bay.

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i am pleased to be a member of this team and welcome all new members

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Welcome and glad to have you with us.

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Good Morning! I have been a Spark member for years but haven't kept up with the site as I wanted to. Now I'm making an effort to spent a little time here each day. I have had asthma for 33 years and it's been at its worse as an adult. I use QVAR twice a day and Ventolin as needed. I also take a Claritin each night before going to bed as mine can be triggered by allergies. Anyway, I just wanted to find a forum of like minded people as most of my active friends find it hard to understand asthma and how one day you can run circles around them and the next day you might be on the couch with an attack. I enjoy walking and have started to dabble in basic yoga which I love. Glad to be here!!

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Hi, my name is Sheila! I have suffered from asthma all my life, it affects me in ways, I tell u the truth, that's not so good lately! I believe that it's the humidity in the air, not to mention dust particles in my home on yesterday, when I cleaned up the house! Exercising for me, can be a chore sometimes, I have recently learned some breathing techniques that really work for me during my workouts! Losing weight shouldn't have to be all work & no play! emoticon I'd rather enjoy it anyways...wouldn't u?
Other than that, I use an Azmacort Inhaler with a spacer, but only when needed....& I drink plenty of water, at least 8 cups, every day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Welcome and wish you all the best in reaching your goals. Good luck and we are always here for you if you need us.

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Hi everyone, my name is Amy and I'm from Las Vegas, NV. I have suffered from asthma since a very young age. My asthma is triggered by allergies, stress, and exercise. Two years ago I had the worst asthma year since I was 7... I'm not 35. I had a fairly strong exercise routine going on until that happened. I was on prednisone for a long time. Weight gain and a loss of exercise stamina/motivation. I'm trying to get back to "normal". I hate to run... but love the elliptical, walking, and group exercise classes. I'm glad to have found a team of like minded folks! Amy

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Sounds like your doing well with the asthma and way to go on the 1 puff. I don't have much attacks like is used to but had to use the relief a couple of days ago due to certain odors setting mine off and sure am paying for the two puffs. Good luck in reaching those goals and I am sure you can do it.

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Hello all, my name is Andrew and I am from the Boston area. I have lived with asthma my whole life. When I was a child it was very bad, I was on breathing treatments multiple times a week and used my emergency inhaler a lot! Over the years it has gone down significantly and now has an adult it is so much better. This I think is due to a lot of things. I take better care of myself and use my preventative inhaler daily. I haven't had an asthma attack in at least 10 years but do have flair ups from time to time usually when I get head colds and such. Lately I have been going to acupuncture to work more on my asthma and lung capacity. At this point I am down to 1 puff a day on my preventative inhaler Woooohooo. I hope everyone is well and I'm excited to be here.

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Hi, I just joined this team and wanted to introduce myself.

I'm just turned 33 and was diagnosed with asthma when I was 20. I suspect I'd had it longer than that, but that was when I met a friend who had it and suggested that could be what was wrong with me. Guess I owe her a lot!

Since I was 21-ish, I've been on Seretide accuhaler, which is a combination inhaler. Just recently my GP mentioned that I shouldn't have been on it for very long because it contains more steroids than usual inhalers! I find it hard to believe that no-one had mentioned that in 12 years!! I am just this minute starting to wonder if this is effecting my weight - I've had a lot of tests in the last year to try and find a reason for it, to no avail. Next time I see the GP, I'll ask the question and report back.

Anyway, I've been a member of Spark people for a few months now and I'm still trying to get started, so hopefully with support from this team I will finally succeed. I'll look forward to getting to know you all.

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Hello! Im brand new to the group. I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with asthma at 13 months old. I have been on a LOT of prednisone throughout my life. I also have PCOS which can cause a lot of weight gain. Right now, I am on spiriva, zyrtec, albuterol inhalers, A&A nebs, and singulair. I really want to get this weight off me but the asthma make sit difficult. We just moved to Hawaii about a year ago, and all of these new allergens and the vog have made it very difficult to get into a routine. Thanks!!

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new to this group, used to be on spark a few years back - diagnosed with severe untreated asthma about 6 months back, trying hard to cooperate with the suggested meds, but find that when I feel well again, I forget to take them.

the breathing issues or lack of breath really affected my activity level, so I find myself back at my old spark start weight, go figure. anyway, someone kick me in the butt and tell me your stories of taking meds/not taking meds so that I get it down to my bones. maybe then, I can commit to the exercise program that will make a difference for me.

have at it, make the most of this day, love yourself and those and those around you.

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asthma is kicking up and now I feel the bronchitis coming on!! Oh no!!! I always start to panick when I get a scratchy throat and cough cause I know it will be a long hull! I have increased my vit C ...and praying!! hoping you all have a great day!

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Hi!

I joined Spark People last October, but have just really started using it this past month.

I've had asthma as long as I can remember, diagnosed at 12. I'm now 43. I was on daily predinsone from teenager until I was 38, so I really put on some pounds. Plus my asthma was still so bad I was basically confined to bed for the last ten years of that.

I am currently on Singulair, Albuterol and Atrovent nebulizer treatments, and Advair 500/50 -- the biggest it comes in. I still have flares that require predinsone, but only for a week or so at a time.

Exercising is a problem for me, but my doctor said to just keep my albuterol rescue inhaler with me and use it as much as I need to get through the walking. Surprisingly, it worked. I was walking 1 mile to the bus last year and having to use my inhaler before, after, and during the walk. (yes, 6 puffs in 2 hours, don't try this without talking to your doctor.) Now I'm up to doing a neb treatment before my walk, and only one puff of my inhaler in my daily 3.4 mile walk. yes, I said 3.4 miles!

I still wheeze all the time, but I am feeling better in spite of the asthma.

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Hi everyone. in December I self diagnosed myself with exercise induced asthma. BLAH! so frustrating. I was running 3 miles, then I just couldnt. I kept getting tighter and tighter in the chest, having to stop eventually. After researching symptoms exercise induced asthma or exercise induced bronchospasms is what I came up with and went to the Dr. I now am using albuterol at least 15 minutes before I walk/run. I am using singulair at least 2 hours before I walk/run. I am also supposed to use a steriod unhaler, that i never remember. I am slowly getting back into my groove, and running farther and farther. My biggest frustration is that I cant just go out and run now I have to plan it, so that I am using my inhaler or taking the singulair before I start.

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Hi all. I'm Mandi. I've had allergic asthma for about 4 years now. While it's usually pretty mild, it acts up every now and then and winds me up on prednisone. I was glad to find this team, as I'm the only person I know irl that struggles with asthma.

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Hi, my name is Andrea

I have been a member of sparkpeople since February when a friend of mine mentioned she was using it for weight loss, and I thought it would be a good idea. I searched for a group like this today because my asthma has been acting up this week. My asthma was diagnosed early last spring after I had a scare: I was in orchestra rehearsal and i couldn't breathe to play my French horn! I described the event to my doctor the next day over the phone and was diagnosed from the description of how it hurt to breathe and panicking made it worse.

I am still figuring out my triggers, but it seems that any combination of the following can set me off: allergies (pollen, pet dander), exercise, fragrance (or the chemicals that carry perfumes through the air), and anxiety. I can only hear the wheezing when I'm doing Cardio, but otherwise it's a painful feeling that I'm just not breathing efficiently. As a semi-professional brass player, I have great lungs and I KNOW how to breathe, and I think this is why it took so long for me to be diagnosed. Back in high school I had coughing fits after doing the mile run on the outdoors track that would last up to two hours after the end of phys-ed, and during college there were days in my horn lessons when I would complain that I wasn't breathing right. My professor blew it off, but I know now that I was experiencing barely-detectable signs of asthma.

Now I use Ventolin-HFA and Flovent-HFA (i forget which one of them is the albuterol, but that one's blue) For allergies, claritin and zyrtec are equally ineffective. Chlor-Trimeton works, but only the 4-hour version is available any more. Allegra just became available OTC, so I'm trying it and I think it's working.

I just graduated from college with a degree in music education, so my lungs are VERY important for my career as well as my quality of life. Today I'm house-/cat-sitting and I think that my mild cat-allergies combined with high pollen levels and the fact that when I work at our mall I can't get away from Abercrombie's room spray (I work in a kiosk down the hall from an Abercrombie and Fitch) The room spray alone is enough to trigger my asthma, or on a good day just a headache and general grumpiness (I think it's still asthma, but at very low levels).

I'm glad that I found this group today.

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Hi everyone! I'm brand new to the team. :) My name is Brandi, and I'm 32 years old. I live in the heart of Georgia, and have been married for over 10 years to my awesome hubby. I have one beautiful daughter (age 34 months). I have coughing asthma with shortness of breath sometimes, brought on by allergies (mold, dust, pollen, etc.), fragrances, and sometimes exercise. I was diagnosed about 12-14 years ago, but I think I've had it most of my life -- had no idea my symptoms were caused by asthma! It's not usually severe, although I have experienced a lot of sinus pain during 4 of the past 6 months. I currently only take Flovent & Flonase. The Flonase was started a couple of months ago to get my sinus pain/infections under control. Since I started taking it daily, even if no sinus symptoms are present, my sinuses are rarely painful. I rarely have an asthma attack, and when I do, I treat it first with 10 oz. of Coca-Cola. If that doesn't work, then I use my albuterol rescue inhaler. I haven't had to use my rescue inhaler since late last summer. I was on Advair for 11-13 years at the same strength (250/50), but last spring my new asthma specialist had me cut back to Flovent, and my asthma has been as well-controlled as it was on Advair. Interestingly, I felt better after I switched from Advair to Flovent than I had felt on Advair in several months. When my asthma was at its worst (2003-2006), I was on a daily regimen of singulair, allegra, advair, and flonase. I am looking forward to getting to know those of you in this community as we all seek to attain healthy lifestyles for ourselves.

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I had forgotten.

I am lucky, after all. My asthma is less of something that requires controlling and more something that requires moderation: I hadn't had an attack in almost 10 years, and only came close once or twice since then. It's no wonder I'd forgotten.

It's not the unpleasant sensations you forget. No, I remember full well the tightness in my chest; the sandpaper effect my throat has before it starts to close; even the wheezing, whistling sound when I went too far.

What I had forgotten was the terror. Over the past few years when I pushed too hard, too fast (usually while playing a sport), the only reminder I had of my asthma was when I had trouble I'd use my inhalor. Yesterday, I remembered why I never, ever follow a standard exercise regime.

Yesterday I tried following the second step of the "train for 5k" sparkprogram, not because I want to run 5k, but because I want to progress beyond walking 1 min and jogging 1 min. This was a mistake. It felt like I was wearing three too-tight sports bras, and I could hear a whistling coming from my throat as I wheezed and it narrowed. By the time I had got my breathing under control, my eyes were teary and all I wanted to do was call my Mom.

So here I am. I'm not really a message-board type, and find forums more a useful place to scan, rather than post. But today I have joined THIS group in hopes that you folks, who can truly relate, might have ideas about knowing how far to push, and when to stop.

My name is Elli, and I'm trying to turn myself into a habitual exerciser.

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Welcome to all and good luck with your goals.

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Hy! My name in Spark Community is TULIPAN2, I am from Europe and soon I'll be 28. I was diagnosed with severe allergic asthma when I was 4. At first I had a cold, then bronchitis, then pneumonia, and then after only few months asthma. In those first months I've been reanimated, doctors told my parents to prepare everything for funeral, I lost a lot of weight but somehow I survived. I was in and out of hospitals for a decade, but as I was closing to puberty hospital visits started to decrease. Currently I have maybe two "attacks" per year that needs to be controlled in hospital, miled ones I manage myself. I try not to use my medications on daily bases. In order to enhance my lung capacity I played trumpet, clarinet, in summers I swim a lot and I am trying to dive, aerobics, yoga, pilates, box, I have tried/am trying everything to keep my lungs in shape. The only exercise I can not do is running ( and trust me I tried).

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Hey! I finally got everything figure out with the site and with myself and now it's time to socialize.

My name is Rachel or you can call me Chikadee (one C!). I'm currently 20 but my birthday is August 2nd, 1990. I was diagnosed with Asthma when I was 10. I was out of school for a month because I had a cold which turned to bronchitis which turned to the flu which turned to pneumonia. My asthma cough sounds like an 80 year old smoker. We lived in an apartment at the time and got the cops called to come to our house because they thought someone was choking.

It has become worse since I moved to Ohio (I lived in Arizona before). It's one of the big reasons I want to lose weight. I want to be able to control my asthma better so that I can get out and play sports again.

I currently only take Singular at night and I have a Proventil inhaler (I guess the EPA recalled Albuterol inhalers or something because of what they released into the air). I need a nebulizer that works and I know I should be taking the Advair but that's about it.

Hey, hi, hello. I've finally got my hang on the website and a good head start on the eating and exercising so now it's time to socializing.

My name is Rachel. You can call me Rachel or Chikadee (with one C). I'm currently 20 years old but my birthday is August 2nd, 1990. I turn 21 this year. I live in Columbus, OH. I enjoy reading, writing, playing video games, cuddling with my cats, general shenanigans on the Internet, watching tons and tons of horror films, and the small occasion I hang out with friends. I also love to bake.

I'm 6' working my way from 234 to 165. I've struggled with self-esteem and weight for way too long. It's about time I stop feeling miserable and absolutely ABHORRING myself and doing something about it. I want to be able to breathe better (get better control of my asthma) and be able to play sports again. I love playing basketball but I haven't since I was 14.

Here's some contact info if you ever want to get in touch!

AIM: spasmedallover
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E-mail: godzillathegreatandtall@gmail.com

Feel free to contact me for ANYTHING. I swear I'm usually a good conversationalist and I like to think I give pretty awesome advice and help people out.

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Hi! Just joined this team. I suspect I've had asthma most of my life however was just diagnosed within the last 10 yrs. I have exercise induced asthma which makes the whole lifestyle changes thing a bit of a challenge at times. I just had to stop mid workout because I couldn't breathe. I guess I was feeling too confident in how I'd been doing with my workouts since joining Sparkpeople so I decided to kick the elliptical up a notch or 2. kind of discouraging so that's when i decided to see if there was a team for people with asthma and I found you. i hope to learn alot from you as i continue on my journey to be healthier.

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Hey Yall! Im 39 and suspect Ive had mild asthma since I was in high school, but wasnt formally diagnosed until my 2nd year in college when the PA at my doctors office decided that shed be interested in seeing what my spirometry looked like before and after albuterol. She wasnt expecting such a big change...
Until we moved to Ga it has been fairly well controlled. Like someone else said, I was an October/February regular in the docs office always for bronchitis. Ga is one of the worst places in the states for asthma and boy was last year rough. We are a military family, so when your primary doc cant see you, they just tell us to go to the ER, but what it boils down to is 13 visits to the base ER and more often than not, prednisone. So I ended up gaining something like 40lbs this year b/c I didnt keep my cravings in check on the pred. Ive been around SP for awhile now, but this is sort of my prodigal return this month...hopefully for good. I am currently focusing on my eating habits and making wiser choices...and its working. Im reading labels, and Ive actually put stuff BACK on the shelf that I REALLY wanted because it didnt fit the parameters I wanted it to!! And I lost 6.5lbs last week- probably a lot of water weight, but its still weight loss and Im ok with that. I know its going to balance off soon and its ok. Feb 1 is my day to join and start the 28 day Boot Camp. By then Im pretty sure I will be comfortable with my food choices and I can start focusing more on fitness.
I got curious tonight and was perusing through the teams..and found this one and thought Id join!

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Hey all. My name is Tanya and I have had asthma since I was 6 years old. It is under control thanks to the long acting inhalers, but it does limit what I can do as far as exercising. I live in West Texas so the dust and allergens do not help, which keeps me indoors for most of the year.

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Re-diagnosed with asthma about a month ago. Since I've had my daily inhaler things are SO MUCH BETTER.
So glad to find others living with asthma here!

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Hi everyone!

I just found out I have asthma. I've had symptoms for a long time, but no doctor had diagnosed it before.

I hope to find ideas and encouragement for exercising!

Have a great weekend everyone :)

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Thanks for the welcomes. Last year little one was still to young to really be scared - he just thought it was cool that the firemen came to take him to the hospital. Hubby and I didn't handle it nearly as well. So far this year has been good, but cold/flu season has just begun. I'm thankful for every good day, and cringe every time someone in his world gets a cold.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.



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emoticon I was diagnosised with asthma just after my 30th birthday, since then I have actually had less sinus infections, upper respitory infections, and less allergy attacks ever. As a child my mom would make appointments for me every 6 months for upper respitory infection (every Feb and Oct). The receptionist would balk at the fact that we are just leaving an apt for the same problem so how could my mom possibly think I'd be back in 6 months for it again. But I was....the infection in Oct would sometimes linger through the holidays and several times develop into pnuemonia. My 29th year was the worse one, it started with a sinus infection, turned into a upper respitory infectio, then bronchitis and pnuemonia with a double ear infection. I ended up missing 3 1/2 weeks of work due to it and summer was on its way before I fully recovered, and had 10 sinus infections in a 18 month period. I went through allergy injections and started singular and pulmicort, I finished the injection series 6 years ago and am happy to be still down to 1 sinus infection a year and this fall had my first upper respitory infection in a 2 year time....

My symptoms, coughing, constitently sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breathe....usually brought on by allergies, rarely excersize but my outdoor and indoor allergies are so numerous that it does make constitent work outs interesting

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Justme29: I have coughing as a symptom,, you ar ein the right place,,

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Justme29- I am so sorry that your young child has asthma. That is so scary for the parents and the child. Remembering what it was like to have asthma as a child, the thing I remember the most was how to learn to relax when having an asthma attack and trusting I would be able to breath again. I wish you well.

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Hello from South Texas! I am new to this team. I have been with Spark People about one month. I have had asthma most of my life and I am 64. My asthma was much worse when I lived in California. Being near the coast of Texas, we get a lot of breeze and I think that helps keep the pollution moving. I was doing well with asthma, using Advair, Abuterol and another inhaler, but this year has been tough. A few more problems and lots of colds and currently a sinus infection. I just keep using the medication and keep moving.

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Hi everyone! I'm brand new to the team. :) My name is Megan, 27 from WA state, married 3 years to my awesome hubby. No kids yet, but we have two wonderful dogs. I have coughing asthma with shortness of breath sometimes, brought on by allergies, stuffy weather, or exercise. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago, but I think I've had it most of my life -- had no idea my symptoms were caused by asthma! It's not usually severe, though I find that I've been using my Albuterol inhaler much more frequently this year. Glad to be part of this group!

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In response to MICHELLEBELL28: "Can anyone tell me why one day I can work my butt off on the stationary bike and the very next I have to stop 10 times just to regain the strength to continue..."

That used to happen to me CONSTANTLY! I really hated it because I was so pumped that my lungs were working "good" on one day and I was feeling like I could climb Everest. Then the next time I went out, same kind of weather, same nice day, and I felt like I couldn't even run 5 minutes before I'm coughing, etc. What helped me was taking zyrtec for one. Because my asthma is triggered not only by food but also by the outdoors. Zyrtec got rid of my allergy problem and then I finally went to my doctor and switched meds..I used to take Aerobid and that totally didn't work for me because it only works with inflamation or something and I needed medicine that works two-fold. Maybe your doctor can work with you to find a medicine that works for you. :)

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Hi everyone! I hope I'm doing this right..I'm only 28 and you'd think I'd understand how message boards work! Hah.
Anywho..I'm Adrianne. I've had asthma for what feels like my whole life although it probably popped up as soon as we moved to Texas. I've NEVER felt the full extent of my lungs until I started taking Symbicort. It has CHANGED MY LIFE!!! I get it for free because I can't afford it so AstraZeneca has programs to help get the meds out to people in need. It's awesome. I can actually breathe when I work out. It's fantastic, no more asthma attacks! EVER! Hope everyone's lungs are workin today! :)

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Hello. I'm hoping to find some new ways to exercise besides just walking. I will admit that I refuse to take medication besides my emergency inhaler, because nothing ever seems to help and those that do make me feel horrible.
I've had asthma just about all my life, but unfortunately I was diagnosed until high school due to the doctor never listening.

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Hi all I'm new here. I don't actually have asthma, so kick me out if you want to.
I'm here because I was looking for a group for parents of kids with asthma. I didn't see one, so I though I'd join up here. My reason for being here is to get some ideas for how to help the little guy (4 years old)through, and help me to cope better too. He so much as clears his throat and I'm dialing 9-1 and waiting for the 2nd 1. 3 ambulance trips to the ER, 2 more by car, and removal of his tonsils last fall (they were blocking his airway) before we finally found a specialist that gave us a diagnosis.
Illness induced asthma, coughing is generally the only symptom. Attacks come without warning and it's terrifying. Now that we know illness is the trigger we can be more proactive and it has helped but I would love to gain insight and get advice from those who've been there.
Sorry this got so long.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.



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even after 3 weeks of walking I am mortified to go on the scale.

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Hi all I know is it SUCKS to have asthma (no pun intended) although I think I have had it possibly my whole life, I am certain it got worse when I got chicken pox when I was 28. I was always thin to average before being diagnosed (probably a mix of trying to "take it easy" and the side effects of the meds). I know have to PUSH myself to work harder to get into shape in addition it seems to be harder to STAY fit

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Hi I am new to this team and very excited to find it. Live in the UP of Michigan where cold cold winter air is not good for breathing. Summer allergies bad. cool summer very wet falls do not know if it is cool air or mold in leaves but fall is the hardest time for me. My doc says I am a severe asthmatic.
In 1989 had a respiratory arrest and coded at hospital.I lived and They sent me to mayo clinic . All they seemed to do is give me lots of meds and an epi pen. thanks for having this team..

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So glad to see the newbies and Sandy back here!! We have had some major humidity here in Mid Michigan this summer,, usually nothing lower thatn 90%, but it is down to about 55% today,,
never going to change in the se Great Lakes, but I am glad I invested in central A/C and a pool!! Lifesavers both!!
I also use a mask when I mow the lawn..

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Hello everyone. My name is Sandy I am 46. I use to belong to SP and recently rejoined. I have a lot of weight to lose and lately my asthma has been really bad with the heat and humidity here. I live in Southwest Indiana. I look forward to meeting everyone and enjoying this journey with you.

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Hi everyone! I'm so glad that I found this group today. I'm looking forward to getting to know you guys and learn how you are coping with your asthma!

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New to this team, but hoping to glean good information as I read through all the messages. Live in the western part of Georgia where heat and humidity plus allergies are a staple of life during 3/4 of the year.

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I just joined this team. I have been on spark since Jan 2010 but this past week I have had a bout with asthma. I'm not use to this as I usually only use my inhaler about six times a year but something is in the air and I have had asthma for almost a week, using the inhaler everyday. It's wierd, my husband has a touch of asthma for the first time in his life, friends are having either bad bouts of asthma (one had to go to the hospital) or asthma for the first time. So the air is crazy here and I am paying the price, ie: feel awful. I was reading some of your comments on this team and you all seemed so informed so I thought I would join for help.

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I like to think of my asthma as a car engine going uphill. When the hill is steep, you can only go as fast as your maximum speed no matter how hard you push on the accelerator.
When my triggers are high, I can only expect my body to do it's maximum and no more. The more I push myself the more I deplete my energy reserves become and the less I can do. When I am tired my immune system suffers and my symptoms get worse.
Adjusting. There are some triggers that are constantly around and some that are seasonal and some are avoidable.
Recognizing that you are not in control of everything helps us learn what we are capable of and learn to make daily adjustments. In the beginning, this is a problem for many. We all want predictable lives and expectations. The real challenge is finding what is 'normal' for you on one day is impossible on another. With this knowledge, over time you can become comfortable doing what you can when you can.
Appreciate the good days and on the not so good days remember that this will pass. If you find you are having lots of difficult days, talk with your doctor about it.
Strangely enough, sometimes increasing your rest makes it possible to do more. Getting enough sleep is challenging when you are on some of the meds that may keep you up and leave your nerves jangling. You may end up sleep deprived. You need to get more than 5 hours sleep a night. If you are on prednisone you might need to consider sleep medications to accomplish this. Again talk with your doctor about this.
Well that's my take on it. Hope you find what works for you.

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Hi, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to spark people. I have had asthma since I was about two years old, but it did not become bad/ almost severe asthma until I was eighteen. The things that trigger me are dust, animal hair, perfume, smoke, temperature changes, cold air(the worst), and of course running.

I have been doing a diet/ exercise plan consistently for about a month (have done lost on and off) and have found my exercise buddies aren't really that helpful when it comes to asthma troubles. So, I'm hoping to find some advice and hear what others have done to get over the asthma hurtles in their work outs.


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Nope... you're not going nuts and you're most welcome. emoticon

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Thank you so much!!! I thought I was going nuts. Thanks again :)

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