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6/5/10 9:37 P

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I agree, talk to your doctor.

I have finally had to accept that taking my medications daily is important. 2-1/2 years ago I had a moderatly severe bout with walking pneumonia and my breathing wasn't the same since. I tried to convince myself that it was just temporary and my asthma would go away. Now that I accept it for what it is I have been able to modify my exercise lifestyle to allow me to do more without triggering symptoms.

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3/21/10 10:39 A

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I'd talk to your doctor about it again. It helps if you can go in with information on your daily peak expiratory flow readings and how it changes when you exercise.

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3/20/10 10:15 P

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Asthma has many different triggers, and the same things don't fit everyone. Cold gets me pretty badly. I tend to use my albuterol inhaler before I go out on cold days. The trick is learning your triggers and working with them. If you do have exercise induced triggers, exercising in short bursts lasting a few minutes at a time might be best for you.

If you're taking your medicine regularly, it might be worth seeing your doctor about it. Or even checking with another if she doesn't seem concerned. A second opinion never hurts, especially when it comes to something as serious as this, and you know your body better than anyone. If you feel like something might be going on, it probably is.

Edit: Just to note that any exercise regimen is best discussed with your doctor first :) Especially if you're still feeling it. Honestly, if mine is acting up, I take three days to a week of either light exercise or full rest to give my body a chance to rest.

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3/19/10 5:44 P

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There is a type of asthma that is exercised induced. Are you taking your Symbicort everyday? Also, do you use you albuterol prior to doing your routine? One type of asthma is cold induced, so maybe the time of day should be considered.

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3/19/10 5:36 P

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Hi all,

I'm new here and there seems to be so much knowledge here so I'd like to ask you a question. I've had asthma all my life but have been fine up to about two years ago. My asthma is not serious and up to november I was only taking my reliever inhaler (blue ventolin) but I was taking it up to 6 times a day, including when exercising. Ive never had an asthma attack that was so bad I had to go see a doctor but I have had a couple where I wasnt able to talk for about an hour and still poorly after that. I have never been to a lung specialist or had any tests done.

In november I went onto Flixotide (2x twice a day) with ventolin as reliever. In december I was very ill with what I suspected to be bronchitis, but according to my GP it was just my asthma. I then got Symbicort.

Since then, my situation hasnt really improved. I still get really short of breath when I'm exercising and sometimes during the day/night. But when I last saw my doctor she didnt really respond to this.

My question is: should I keep asking my doctor about this? Or am I being a whimp and should I just give up less easily when exercising? People always say that there is no reason for mild asthma to interfere with your life, but at the moment I am quite bothered by it because it affects my sports achievements quite severely. Is this normal and should I just put up with it or should I go back to my GP?

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