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EJESQ2003 Posts: 445
1/13/09 11:02 P

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I used to get asthmatic bronchitis all the time before I knew I was asthmatic. I would always get 'chest colds' and one winter literally came down with a chest cold every other week for a period of about 6 months. It was only when I visited an allergist for the first time ever to treat my ragweed allergy that I found out I was asthmatic and severely allergic to dust. I still get chest colds, but it's limited to once or twice per year.

I agree that you should step away from the intensive cardio for the time being, but would suggest that you try going for long walks. Just to be out and about, and waking up your muscles without straining yourself. You should also try out yoga.

I've done fairly intensive strength training in the past, and don't think your asthma would be a problem. Half of strength training is controlled breathing; the other is posture.

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1/10/09 1:16 P

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I'm so glad you are feeling better.

Good luck with the job interview!

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1/10/09 12:14 A

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You know, I forgot to mention Muchinex. I have been using it but only twice a day.

As far as vitamins, I take a one a day vitamin and vitamin C. Then 3 times a week I take Vitamin E. Normally I take Vitamin E every day but I am running low on it and am trying to make it last.

My cough is almost but not quite gone. I now am coughing about 4 or five times a day instead of all the time. This is a huge improvment.

I won't be asking for a prescription of Xopenex. If I can't get it as a sample, I am going to ask if I can get on a pharmaceutical company program to get it free. Otherwise, I can't get it.

Tuesday is my job interview and I am feeling much more confident now that I am not coughing as much. I have decided to stay in this weekend and Monday and not leave the house until the day of the interview to help prevent a relapse.

As far as working out, I have not been trying it. I just don't want to risk getting worse before the job interview. I am focusing on spending more time on housework though so that is some energy spent. (Although making cookies today probably counters that. I have such a chocolate craving with TOM !)



Name: Xenia

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GENERALJINJUR Posts: 12
1/8/09 12:49 A

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I'm glad National Jewish had good information for you. Azmacort was my steroid inhaler for nearly 10 years. You can take it day in, day out forever if you need to. The big thing is to make sure you always rinse your mouth and gargle afterward so you don't get a yeast infection in your mouth or throat.

I would check with your pharmacy to see how expensive Xopenex is nowadays before getting a prescription. It is way less irritating than plain albuterol, but it's pricey. I like to use albuterol in the nebulizer and Xopenex for my exercise inhaler.

Your ideas about spacing out your exercises sound really good. Let us know how it goes!

 
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1/7/09 9:30 P

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Hi, Xeniar.

I sure hope you get some relief soon! That's a long time for an infection.

As for cardio - if you have an infection in your lungs, I don't suggest even trying - you can do some damage that way (so I've been told).

Have you ever taken Musinex? It is the best when it comes to chest congestion. Just make sure you drink plenty of water - it's super-important to drink lots of water for your asthma, anyway. If you are going to the dr., ask them about it. It is over the counter, a little pricey, but I'm never caught without it.

Have you looked into an anti-inflamatory diet? I have found that it also really helps - I think it was Dr. Weils? I'll double - check.

Are you taking vitamins/anti-oxidants?

Hope you feel better soon!

ETA - I found the "diet" that I was talking about - it really makes a differnce for my asthma - if it seems overwhelming, start in just one area, like the vitamins/supplements.
www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-i
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1/7/09 3:18 P

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Thank you so much for the suggestion of National Jewish. I called and although I was on hold a long time they gave me great information.

I didn't realize that the amzacort I take could be taken long term. She also told me about a different medication then the albuterol to ask at the free clinic about. Xopenex is the name. She says it is from albuterol but they took away the molecules that cause most of the side effects.

As far as exercise is concerned she told me that it might not make the condition worse but if I wanted to start doing something very mild and see how that went before trying something more, then this could help.

She explained that exercise is very important for people with asthma as it helps to make our breathing more effective. But of course, she would not suggest I do anything that triggers me to cough or have an asthma attack and to also use the albuterol I have before working out every time.

I feel a little better getting this information and I am going to try doing some weight training that is mild and minimal and see how it goes.

I think I will start with doing a plank, or functional things like going up and down from my knees to standing, some wall push ups and maybe some squats. But not doing them all at once, just start with one thing then later in the day another, etc.

Name: Xenia

You will either have the pain of self discipline...or the pain of regret.

I am a warrior in the battle to improve my wellbeing. I am fierce, strong, deep, untamed, calm, unknown and blessed from God's grace.

Half of knowing what you want is knowing what you are willing to give up to get it.


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GENERALJINJUR Posts: 12
1/7/09 12:15 A

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Hi, I'm new to the team too, but I've had asthma for more than 33 years. Depending on the season, I range from moderate to severe.

One thing that I do when I've got junk in my chest is to keep running the nebulizer until my lungs clear out. I plug in every 4 hours (except overnight, if I'm sleeping) for as long as it takes (weeks that stretch into months sometimes). I understand what you mean about hating the albuterol, but the stuff works. Are you able to exercise a couple hours after running the nebulizer? That might give you a non-coughing window to work out gently.

You might contact National Jewish for more information about managing this asthmatic bronchitis. They're the best and they seem very committed to helping everyone, not just the insured. I've been on their site before and they have honest to goodness doctors there to answer questions, as well as a hotline that you could call.

Good luck getting this worked out. I had nonstop asthma from August through November this year and now I have a respiratory bug. I start nursing school next week and I need to be healthy! I had high hopes of losing a bunch of weight before I started and that sure didn't work out. It is so frustrating to want to exercise and not be physically able to.

 
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1/4/09 4:45 P

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I am new to this team and I am really hoping to learn from other members.

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.

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".

I have had a dx of asthma for years (adult onset) but it is mild. I rarely ever need a rescue inhaler. Tobacco and getting overheated (like in the summer w/o a/c) have been the most common triggers. I have had asthma problems with cardio (exercise induced) but it was not every time and usually when the pollen count was high or I got overheated.

However, I have had asthmatic bronchitis before. I don't get it every year but winter months often produce this for me. The last time I had a serious case of it was 5 years ago.

But this happened when I have finally gotten committed to getting fit! I stopped working out when the cough was worse. In Nov. the doctor suggested I focus more on "rest".

Well, it is January and I still have this bronchitis! I have had three rounds of antibiotics in the meantime. In Dec I was given "Azmacort" 2 puffs 3 times a day and it has helped make the cough not so deep and loud or frequent.

Otherwise, I just use the nebulizer with Albuterol.

I HATE albuterol! It makes me feel "high" like codeine does and I tremble. I get a headache too. I am no good for anything for nearly an hour after using it.

I have gained back some of the weight I had lost by the time I came down with this and I am so frustrated.

I can't ask my doctor about exercise as each time I go to the med clinic it is a different doctor that I see (they are all volunteers). And you can't just call up and ask a question. I hate to use an appointment just to ask about exercise.

I wonder if strength training would make it harder to get over this or not.

I know I can't do cardio right now. I wouldn't even try. But I am hesitant to do any exercise right now and I have been thinking of doing crunches, push ups, lunges, squats, and using my hand weights for arm exercises.

Is there anything else you might suggest to help me get over this asthmatic bronchitis! I have been unemployed since just before I came down with this and can't get anyone to hire me.

I am sure that hacking and coughing like I am going to cough up a lung has a big impact on their decision who to hire!

I need to work. I am so afraid I will get evicted soon if I don't get a job.

Name: Xenia

You will either have the pain of self discipline...or the pain of regret.

I am a warrior in the battle to improve my wellbeing. I am fierce, strong, deep, untamed, calm, unknown and blessed from God's grace.

Half of knowing what you want is knowing what you are willing to give up to get it.


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