Exercised induced asthma/lunc capacity

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basa0806
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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!
I'm normally from the UC board (Red will know me) but I've got a question for you guys regarding asthma induced by exercise. When I was a kid I saw the doctor about breathing problems when I exercised and they said it was exercise induced asthma and they gave me albuterol and told me to take 2 puffs before I exercise. That was probably 6 years ago when I was very active. After that I stopped sports and things like that because of knee problems. Now that I'm in college I'd like to exercise more but I'm having problems again. I take the albuterol before but I find that my chest is very heavy and it almost feels like someone is grabbing my airways.
I'm assuming that I don't have much of a lung capacity because I'm naughty and don't exercise much. So my question is does anyway know of a good way for people with exercise induced asthma to build up a lung capacity so I can exercise and not feel like crap??
Sam 19 year old college student
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   Posted 9/24/2008 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sam *waves* - Do you use the Albuterol now? If not, then you may think about starting that or another asthma med considering that it seems your asthma is acting up. Excercise induced asthma is tricky and you should ask your doc about what is the safest way to get moving again. A couple things springs to mind though - take time to do deep breathing techniques (if your lungs will let you). Start slow by taking walks - things that are low impact that doesn't cause heavy breathing. Once you feel that you can handle walking, try upping the notch a bit by walking faster. If you feel that your lungs are "squeezed" slow down or stop but always carry your inhaler with you, just in case. Call up your doc though and ask about the excercises in addition to maybe a maintenance asthma med if he/she thinks you need one.
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basa0806
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   Posted 9/24/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I do use albuterol but only when I exercise. I don't really have a problem with asthma unless I'm exposed to mold (which doesn't happen often thank god!) or exercising...I can walk pretty fast without problems, but I'm a fast walker anyway. I can go up stairs without much distress but I'm still huffin and puffin after.
Sam 19 year old college student
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, 600mg calcium with vitamin D
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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groovey
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   Posted 12/19/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi sbauer07..Have you tried gentle swimming.I have problems with asthma when I start exercising and use my reliever before exercising and it seems to prevent the onset.Swimming is such a gentle exercise and allows us to use all our muscles without too much effort.I have chronic asthma that flares up with little warning but I swim every day and I am doing okay after 6 months...still have my silly moments when the asthma rears its ugly head but the effort and benefits of getting to the pool far outways the occasional blip!!Go for it and let me know how you get on ...be well and happy and merry christmas...hugs grooveyxx

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/6/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
This would be a good question to ask your doctor, as he might have better ways to get
your asthma in control when your exercising, you might do better with a nebulizer treatment
before exercising, when I first started PT(physical Therapy) 2 years ago, I needed to
start nebulizer treatments before going to PT and it helped, So ask your Doctor.
Keep us posted, soft Hugz..
P.S. only needed the nebulizer treatment for the first 4 to 5 PT sessions, then I was able to
switch and just the albuterol (Xopenex) inhaler after that, Hope this info helps...
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