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Welcome to SparkPeople. Your asthma sounds like mine was when I was 20. In spite of all the meds, it was very poorly controlled. Allergy shots finally helped and it suddenly went away for 35 years...so there is hope. It came back again this fall but not nearly as bad. I agree with the previous poster about using your rescue inhaler about 15 minutes before exercising and then listen to your body. Breathing while having an asthma attack takes up a tremendous amount of energy as you well know. So on days when you are having trouble breathing you can have some consolation in the fact that you are already burning a lot of calories anyway just by breathing!
Kay from Tennessee
Welcome to SparkPeople and WOWA! This site and this team has really given me some great information and support. I use ProAir 15 minutes before exercising and take me cues from my breathing. Have discovered that endurance exercise works better than intervals because I don't become short of breath quickly followed by a long recovery. Good Luck!
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Hello, I just joined spark people. I was dx'ed with asthma in 1994 when I was 38.
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).
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 trying to exercise and failed. My friend told me about spark people and I decided to join this week. I started to exercise with the help of a gym last Thursday. I finally found a latex safe gym for me to go to.