Hi Melody, I've been to the Doctor since and he gave me another breathing test, the one from the hospital was inconclusive because I could't take the deep breath needed with out going into coughing fits. He said that the test was in the normal range. SO I have no Asthma. He said that because of that second cold I got, that it will just take me time to get over the cough.
Now I can walk and what not, but if I've been cleaning for a while, I have to sit down because I'm getting out of breath and I start to cough. Other then that I'm pretty much on the mends with the cough. Now I just gotta stay cold free until my lungs heal from the pneumonia. Now I just have to get back into that work out rhythm.
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I have COPD and Asthma. July 08 I was diagnosed with pneumonia, ( I had been working at a medical building undergoing renovations, thick dust everywhere)...Long story, I could not even barely walk for 9 months after the pneumonia. I started having a panic disorder at the same time, which I thought for sure I was going to die that yr. Had a respiratory exacerabation in JAN 09, it wasn't till APril of last yr, I could barely walk 1/2 a block.
I started working in the yard last spring. Initally I couldn't even make strokes with a rake I'd be out of breath and think I was going to pass out. Slowly but surely I started getting more and more strengh working in the yard. Read the internet about pnuemonia, you may have lung scarring, and this irritation as was mentioned is probably exacerbating your asthma.. Go to your doctor, like the other person said, and honey, give yourself some time..It can take up to a year to get back on your feet, and that is no joke. Maybe you can get one of those pedal things, you can either use your hands to peddle for your upper body, or sit in a chair and peddle with your feet, as you can tolerate. Just start out slowly, I too weight over 300, and wish I could give you a big hug love! Hang in there angel!
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Yes! I had pneumonia a few weeks ago, and I am still coughing after having been very well controlled for months. Someone told me once that you can cough for like 300-500 days after pneumonia. Granted I am on regular preventatives for asthma because I have moderate persistent and not just exercise induced, but they really help. I HATE oral steroids, so I added Pulmicort daily in the nebulizer along with my Advair twice daily. I have had to do nebulizer treatments every 4 hours for the past few weeks and am just now able to use an inhaler instead most of the time. The pneumonia may have inflamed your lungs and made them act like they have regular asthma for a while. The inhaled steroids are probably what you need along with a LABA (long acting form on albuterol or xopenex) until your asthma calms back down--at least through the winter. So, again, yes, illness can make your asthma crazy which makes it impossible to work out. I even had to walk around the living room just to get some steps in with my nebulizer on! See your doctor, and don't let them downplay your symptoms. Insist on a preventative to help you get and stay better. Good luck.
If you haven't tried taking any yet, one of the things that seems to help me a lot when I've gotten a respiratory infection is Mucinex (or anything that contains Gauifenesin). It loosens up the mucus in the lungs to help your body get rid of what it's trying to cough up.
I had a long history of increased asthma problems after any kind of respiratory infection (cold, flu, etc) for as long as a few weeks, and taking something to help my lungs clear themselves out seems to greatly raise the odds that they'll settle down and return to happily processing air the way they should.
(As far as I know, guaifenesin is generally considered to be very safe as medications go, and it's over the counter and all, but if there's anything in the warnings on the box that concern you at all you should certainly check with the doctor before you give it a shot!)
drinking water and more water and tea with honey to keep sugar levels there also helps fix my long term annoying attacks that just won't quite go away. And rest, of course, which is even more difficult when you are trying to lose weight. I had to stay in bed for a few days once and used soup cans as dumbbells for my arms. it wasn't much but it made me feel a little more productive whilst healing..
so, I know this method does not always work for everyone but it works for me...when I start coughing and it triggers my asthma, I boil a pot of water. I put the pot of water on the table...I take a towel and cover my head so its just me and the pot of water...I breathe in the steam and it helps....
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My son has episodes very similar to this and when the coughing starts I give him the two puffs of the pro-air inhalers and it stops his coughing. He did get the H1N1 and was down for a week with fever and I used that with him to get him through it. He was tested for the flu and came back negative so was sent home without the Tamiflu. We battled the fever all week and I took him back on Friday and he then tested positive but to late for the med to work. When my coughing gets bad I also take my relief for mine as well but I have Xopenex for my relief which I think works better than pro-air. I would find me a good lung doctor or get your regular doctor to give you a referral and get him to get you started on a maintenance inhaler for every day to help get you settled down. It also sounds like you might need to be on a steroid as well to get you lungs settled back down as well. I always end up taking a round of oral steroids when my asthma acts up and that is the best thing but makes you want to eat as well. I hope you started feeling better soon because I know how tough it can be. I have been there with the hospital thing and all and it's no fun whatsoever.
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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)
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 H1N1 (the did NOT test for it) that was aggravated by my exercise induced asthma They did not take any chest X Rays. They sent me home with a ProAir HFA Inhaler even though I couldn't take a deep breath without throwing my self into another coughing fit. Three more day past and we go back (keep in mind I had had a total of 5 hours of sleep for 10 days)to the ER and they admit me because with 3 nebulizer breathing treatments they could not keep my pulse ox above 90. I stay in the hospital for 3 day breathing treatments every 4 hours. They finally did a H1N1 Test which came negative. Went home with 375 Albuterol nebulizer vials with another refil of 375 vials. Along comes thanksgiving and I'm finally starting to feel human,I was pretty weak for a while there. Now go back 2 weeks ago. My brother decides to share his cold. Nice of him I know! Anyways I'm back to coughing to the point of aching ribs. Now when I take a breathing treatment it does calm it with in a few minutes, but just tonight I walked down the hall to the bathroom and then back into the living room and I was coughing so much that I needed a seconded treatment with just hours of another to calm my coughing.I am so very sick of coughing. I guess my question is, Has anyone been almost not effected my their Asthma only to have a sickness (mine was Bi-Lateral Pneumonia)that makes it impossible to work out? I mean I can't even think about even trying to walk around the block, let alone break out my Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds dvds. I am super frusterated because I'm 350lbs and this weight isn't going to disappear on it's own.
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