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3/11/10 12:50 P

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It may depend on when you are using your inhaler. It is recommended 30 minutes before you run. Will your doctor answer questions on the phone or thru email? That could solve the long train ride.

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3/10/10 5:37 P

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Hi! Welcome to the group! You stated you have the puffer (albuterol), but are you on a regular daily (maintainance) med. like Advair (round purple) inhaler you see on TV. It is taken 2 times a day, every day to keep the lungs open. There is also a nebulizer (I call it my pipe) that is albuterol liquid that is placed in a (pipe) like device, becomes gas and you inhale it. It does help. (You may have seen people get this in the hospital). I have the home version. It's only to be used when it gets bad..but it may help clear the lungs enough to make breathing easier. Talk to your Dr. and see what he says. Good Luck.

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3/10/10 4:20 P

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I have the same type of asthma as you. Exercise-induced, it's generally called.

The treatment is generally 1 (or 2) puffs of your reliever inhaler (the blue one) before exercise. The active ingredient in the inhaler is NOT adrenaline, it is a synthetic analogue which acts only on the lungs.

However, it doesn't sound to me that you have your asthma fully under control as yet. Get to the docs and get on a steroid/combi inhaler as a "daily driver" to keep the symptoms under control. You may have to try a number of different ones before you hit on the one that works for you. Then once you've got that, STICK TO IT religiously. Also work on your allergies too - they are a major contributing factor.

In terms of breathing, don't overthink it. Just breathe. Your body will let you know when it needs air.

Last point - people with asthma CAN run. I run. I cycle too. I do multisport events. I've even been known to swim. I play a multitude of sports. If I can do it, anyone can.

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3/10/10 3:50 P

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It sounds like you have a lot of the same triggers as I do - many assorted allergens, laughing hard, etc. I've found that as long as I stay in the gym I do ok... less allergens in there than if I go outside. So when the weather gets nice and I really just want to go outside for a run, no such luck. I'll make it a few blocks and then have to go back home wheezing. Also you might try having your inhaler handy and using it once you are exercising and start to have trouble breathing, rather than before. I now have an Albuterol inhaler, which I find doesn't make my heart race nearly as much as some of the others I've had before.

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3/10/10 3:45 P

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What does your doctor say? I'd be VERY nervous about running if it makes your asthma worse. I wouldn't even try until you are under control.

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3/10/10 2:48 P

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Hi there! I've been on SP for a while but just found this team. I'm having a hard time so I was wondering if you guys could help me with my questions.

I have the kind of asthma which flares up when I run, exercise heavily, laugh too hard :), or if I'm exposed to a bunch of very interesting allergens :) So I just have an inhaler to take during an "attack". I've tried taking it before a workout, but all it does is speed up my heart rate (that's the adrenaline in the inhaler) and I still can't breathe deeply. It's like my lungs stop at halfway - the air goes in fine, and then stops halfway through. Does that make any sense?

Is it possible to find a way to breathe deeply during exercise? I kind of feel that I'm destined to this difficult existence :( Problem is the only good doctor I found is a distant, expensive train ride away. Should I keep going there and trying to get well? Is it possible?

Also - can people with asthma ever run? I've just been walking, and can't even walk too fast or I can't breathe - will I ever be able to run?

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