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9/14/14 1:19 A

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I have allergy induced asthma. I can exercise without issues and I usually don't get random attacks. My airways get inflamed from itchy nose and throat symptoms and if it gets too bad my respiratory system gets irritated and the wheezing starts followed by tightness in my chest and the sense of not being able to catch my breath. I also end up with at least one sinus infection and/or the hives during the worst times of year for my allergies. I keep a rescue inhaler with me. I used to carry an epi-pen but things haven't been that bad in a while.

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8/3/14 10:19 P

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Hi everyone. I have allergic asthma. Currently I am getting 3 Xolair shots every 2 weeks. I have been getting them now for 5 months and they have been a god send. After not being able to breathe for a year and constantly fighting pneumonia I finally found a doctor that was able to get to the bottom of the problem. Getting insurance helped also to be able to afford specialist. I also take Zyrtec and have 4 different meds (inhalers and nebulizer) for breathing

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7/4/14 9:30 A

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I have asthma with COPD. I have emphazema and chronic bronchitis. It is hard to exercise. I have neck and back problems that my breathing really affects. It makes it hard to exercise. I keep doing as much as I can because I know how important the exercise and activity is for people with COPD and asthma. I just started using oxygen and hope that eventually I will be able to get off of it again. I think that losing weight is the key. It will help the breathing and other problems caused by being overweight.

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I have asthma, but not the full blown type. . Just if I get too much of the things I am allergic to in my lungs. Like when I get out and work in the yard, I feel like I can't breathe deeply. Got to get the rescue Inhaler out.

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6/26/14 8:11 A

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I have COPD and it can make things difficult but i know the better care I take of myself the less my COPD bothers me. That is why i joined sparkpeople. I have got to make some lifestyle changes!

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5/7/14 7:27 A

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I have asthma for about the past 2 years, it wasn't bad but now is,, I take symbicort in the morning ,and at night, as well as the inhaler


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3/24/14 1:47 P

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BONNYSPARKGIRL, so sorry to hear about your mom's passing!

I lost both of my parents yrs ago and they both had COPD and heart disease.


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3/23/14 6:59 A

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I am an asthma sufferer. Somedays are worse than others. My current inhaler is Asthavent, and I also use Foxaire as my treatment pump. My late mom suffered with COPD and was on Oxygen upto the day she passed away, over 3 months ago. I know that loosing weight will be good in the long run for me.

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3/22/14 4:11 P

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My dad was put on oxygen for about a year and worked his way back off of it. He was off of it for a couple of yrs before he had a heart attack and passed away. But he had a lot of other health problems too.

It sounds like we had a similar allergy test. Unfortunately the doctor I had at the time thought that if I had a reaction to his shots it should happen before 15 mins, but my reactions were always like an hour or more afterwards and he would not believe I was having reactions. He just kept upping my dose even though I kept asking him to lower or skip it. I ended up with infections running all through my body and had to go to another specialist for help. I ended up so sick I left my job as they were giving me a hard time about being out sick and such for it too. After that I refused any more shots for my allergies. Luckily they are doing better now.

When I first started SP I had problems with wheezing when I tried to exercise and was short of breath too. But I kept at it and got to were I was finally able to not only do a lot of walking but was able to run and decided to run my 1st 5 K several months after joining SP.

All my best to you always.
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3/22/14 3:21 P

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The Doctor just added a inhaler called Tudorza to my medicines along with the Symicort and nebulizer. It is a brand new medicine I guess and I can use it. I used Spirva a long time ago and it really helped a lot but it bothered my eye pressure so I got off it this one I can use along with having the kind of glaucoma I have with no problem. Exercise can trigger mine too but mainly allergy's or trying to walk to fast. I can walk for exercise but if I do it to where I get short of breath I trigger my asthma. Allergy's are really bad for it I take allergy shots every week now as I was allergic to 40 some things when they tested me dust and dust mites, grass, trees, mold, cats fur or pelts (who has just a cat pelt )LOL But I am determined to try my best to walk and exercise but not to where I get out of breath so I can get off oxygen again it ties me down more then I like though I am getting the portables that last 3.5 hours now so I can go more. I was embarrassed by it but got tired of sitting home so now I go and do again and am OK with it but would rather get rid of it if I can. I have lost 18 pounds and have another 32 to go but am using the food tracker here it really helps me lose.

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3/22/14 2:20 P

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I was born with asthma and almost died several times as a baby. I was in an oxygen tents a lot of times as a child. I was in a really bad car accident in my 20's and suffered a collapsed lung, and after that I was kept on lots of medicine for my asthma and allergies until just recently. I have lots of allergies too. Test high scores on every thing they tested me on as an adult for my allergies and went for shots for it for a while, until They made me really sick and I stopped them. Just a few yrs ago I was able to wean off of all my asthma and allergy medicine except for one abulterol inhaler I keep for emergencies. It is very rare that I will take an over counter allergy medicine now too, and nothing daily or prescribed for allergies any more. All of the exercise that I have added to my daily routine since starting SP almost a yr ago has helped me get off of or cut way back on all of my medicines.
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3/22/14 9:42 A

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I've had asthma most of my life with a lot of triggers from exercise to allergies to laughing too hard and many others they have me on a rescue inhaler I have a nebulizer and they have me on advair. Advair helps me a lot

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3/20/14 10:31 P

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Hi, I have COPD and asthma both and right now am on oxygen full time but only since another flare up in January when I spent about 5 or 6 days in the hospital with it. I had oxygen one before and got off it after recovering but not sure this time I sure am trying to though as I feel like it ties me down more much more then I like though I have started going out finally instead of feeling embarrassed. I was tired of only seeing the inside of my house and nobody but my husband who has dementia and can't really hold much of a conversation anymore. I started out with my TOPS group the last the weeks on Monday nights. I got bigger portable tanks yesterday so I don't have to change those really little ones during meetings like I had to do twice. Anyone else on here with COPD and or asthma that has been or is on oxygen after flare ups or just on it? I really really hope to get off it but will stay on it if I have to but losing weight, eating healthy and doing deep breathing along with Todorza My new inhaler along with Symicort and a nebulizer treatment takes a lot of time but am starting to walk too so hope that helps does anyone know anyone it has helped a lot with these health problems??? It was just beautiful today and 62 and sunny after to much snow and winter in the Midwest here and I went out and ran errands not a lot but some to enjoy the sun today. Decided tomorrow is going to be nice so going to walk, and sit out if the allergy's aren't bad with the warm day but determined to keep on trying, and getting better no matter what. Hope to hear from others who are determined too ;)

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5/12/13 5:36 P

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I have known that I've had allergies for my entire life, but never knew that I had mild asthma in my small airways until a month and a half ago (which was the first time that I went to an allergy/asthma specialist since 1978). One of the first things that my new allergist said was that the asthma explains why I develop bronchitis just by fitness walking.

I am on a combination of Dulera and Ventolin. Yesterday, I went for my first fitness walk in months. Breathing was definitely easier than it was then, but not as easy as it had been a few years ago (when I'd walk 10 miles a day and then have to stop for a while because of bronchitis).

Of course, right now, I am also taking hydroxyzine - which is helping, too. I walked for two miles yesterday (sneezed twice when passing smokers). I hope to double the miles today, but will let my body decide.

I'm not sure how things can be with asthma and COPD, but perhaps small walks (even in a mall) can help.

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I feel for you. My asthma is daily since I am allergic to mold. Some days it is better than others. High humidity also affects me.

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4/25/13 8:11 P

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You really do have a problem if your insurance refuses to pay for your medications. I don't know how I would get by without mine. It has been a hard year for me too. I had pneumonia for 3 months.

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4/9/13 11:40 A

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I have seasonal and exercise-induced asthma.

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Oh my goodness my asthma has been so bad this year. My insurance wouldn't cover the meds I have been on for years. Dr put me on something new After the second dose My face was swollen an full of hives. I have been miserable. I am afraid to exercise.

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Thanks for your encouragement. I believe exercise -- especially walking helps me too.
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My husband has cystic fibrosis - the oldest living cf survivor in Manitoba and 2nd in Canada at 63. He finds exercise helps increase lung capacity and endurance as well.

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3/24/13 11:49 P

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Hi, Tweetycoo,
I appreciate your reply and it encourages me to know that I am not alone in my battle with weight loss and asthma. Blessings to you and good luck with your asthma and your weight loss journey.

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3/24/13 11:27 P

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Thanks for your reply and your encouraging words. I believe you are right. I am not thinking of what I am doing as changing my way of life and freeing myself of excess weight. I need to think more of what I have to gain: better health and easier breathing.

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Thanks for your reply and for your encouraging words from the Bible. I will post your quote on my refrigerator and cabinets.

I truly do want and need to loose weight and I will lean upon God for His strength to help me do this and reach my goal. emoticon

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Thanks for your reply. I am not currently working--except at home, but I often have to leave gatherings and meetings when my asthma acts up.

Best wishes on your weight loss.

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Thanks for your reply, Stress also cause my asthma to flare up. best wishes on your weight loss.

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asthma when under stress

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I have seasonal asthma. It flared yesterday and I almost had to leave work.

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I have asthma.

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I don't have COPD but I have asthma also.Some days if my allergies are acting up and I am wheezing and coughing I can't get the exercise in for that day or else I have to wait it out and exercise late at night when I can breath easier.But I can always do the nutrition aspect.

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I don't have COPD, but I do have asthma. A lot of people with allergies have this.

I think that the best way to think about it, is that you aren't dieting (that has a negative connotation), but rather going on a healthy lifestyle journey.

Perhaps you are better asking yourself this:
Do I WANT to continue feeling unwell?
Do I WANT to put the rest of my health at risk?

Unfortunately only you can do this - no-one else can do it for you. Perhaps once you have gotten a little bit along the road you will start to see positive results, (i.e. easier breathing, better quality sleep, better blood results, better BP), and this will make it easier for you to continue.

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Hi,
I have both asthma and COPD this makes life hard at times because I am often ill. I hope to loose weight because my lung doctor says this will help me breathe easier. I welcome any suggestions to help me keep my little train from falling off the track. Dieting is hard for me because when I don't feel well, i tend to eat unhealthy things and I crave comfort foods to give me a lift.

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