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2/19/10 7:07 A

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I get a low voice in the morning. My doctor tells me it is a combination of the Advair and post nasal drip. Since reducing the levels of Advair 500/50 to 35/21, that problem has pretty much gone away. Xxopenex in the nebulizer is the best thing ever! It has kept me off prednisone and antibiotics more than once.


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2/9/10 8:35 A

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@RJGOLDENS, That has happened to me on occassion too. I have always assumed it is due to swelling around the pharynx. Post nasal drip can also cause it if it irritates the throat linings. At least for me.

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2/9/10 12:04 A

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Well you guys I am embarrassed to share with you that my asthma is a product of smoking for over 30 years.

My blessings go out to you all, for having asthma due to no fault of your own. emoticon

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2/3/10 11:31 A

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I'm new to asthma about 2 months on meds I need some info about it. Sometimes I sound hoarse but my throat doesn't hurt. This seems to be happening more when I'm tired. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem.

Jackie from Oklahoma

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2/3/10 10:03 A

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I know a few people who do that (including myself) and for regular pollen allergies, it does seem to help reduce the need for antihistamines. I figure every little bit helps, plus you get to help your local farmers emoticon

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2/1/10 8:02 P

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I haven't tried acupuncture myself.

For pollen allergies something I have heard is that some people get good results from buying honey from local farms (made by local bees) and using it as a sweetener occasionally in place of sugar or whatever. The theory is supposedly that there are teeny tiny amounts of pollen from the types of things that grow in your region left in the honey, and so it works out a little bit like immunotherapy I guess... expose your body to very very small amounts of whatever it hates (below the level that draws a reaction) to build up some tolerance. That's why it has to be from a local beehive, so it'll contain substances from the actual types of plants that live in your area, rather than plants that live on the other side of the country or whtaever.

I'm not sure how much research there is behind it, but it does make some sense intuitively.

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Welcome to Spark!

I only recently have been referred to the hurdle race of specialists, but have found a couple of things helpful. Much like you, I work on breath control through "dep" breathing exercises. Recently, I have also done dust mite control in my bedroom and house, including close monitoring/control of humidity levels in the house. We only just learned that I have developped severe allergies, so I will be starting injections soon and until then live on daily antihistamines on top of sinus rinses and sinus sprays. Everything helps in its own way for me, but I still don't have my asthma under control.

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1/24/10 7:54 P

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Having a humidifier helps me, too. This summer my sinus infection wasn't getting better and, of course, my asthma was flairing. I was so tired of being on prednisone, that I tried accupuncture. It worked! I got through all of August, September and October without any prednisone or antibiotic. I am getting ready to go back before the pollen starts to grow again. Has anyone else tried this?


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1/17/10 1:09 A

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Having a humidifier around seems to help a little so that the bulk of the time my lungs aren't having to try to deal with processing extremely dry air.

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1/16/10 8:13 A

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Welcome!

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1/14/10 10:07 A

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I never thought about breaking up the exercises through out the day. I just started back with sparks. I'm listing my food and starting a doing some stretches and some dancing. I like to dance and had been to ill to do it. Now with my medicine I think I can do so much more.
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1/11/10 8:43 P

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I agree with your comment about not overdoing cardio exercises. I find that I do better with endurance compared to intervals. Intervals stress my breathing. Just finished 50 minutes on a seated elliptical for the first time! WOO HOO!

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1/11/10 2:33 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople!! I am also a severe asthmatic with allergies to most things. I couldn't do very much with my kids, even walking was a challenge.

Last year my Doctor put me on Advair and I am finding that I don't even used my solbutamol inhaler anymore. If you haven't tried Advair, I would recommend talking to your family Doctor about it. Only downfall is that it is a little on the expensive side.

I also recommend not over doing the cardio exercises, just do what you can. You can even try breaking it up a little bit. Maybe do half in the morning and half a little later on.

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. I'm sorry you are having such a tough time with asthma. Sounds like you are really taking a good approach to exercise right now.

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1/7/10 7:43 P

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Welcome to SparkPeople! I too have a lot of weight to lose and and was frustrated when a bad asthma attack set my exercise back for 2 months at the end of 2009. Shortly before exercising, I use my inhaler and let my breathing determine the duration and intensity of the workout on a seated elliptical. I want to push but won't go anywhere if I am not breathing. Just slowly build up exercising as your breathing allows.
Working on your breath control is a good idea. Follow the blogs on this team. Good Luck!

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1/7/10 6:15 P

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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 each other. Thanks! emoticon

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