asthma and softball...what to do?

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Chick5Soft
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   Posted 6/14/2006 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
      um...i have asthma and i also love to play softball.  But whenever i try to play softball my asthma gets really badly out of control.  I have tried everythng withinhalers and nebulizer medication.  But nothing seems to dramitically improve my asthma.  My doctor has just put me on an albuterol inhaler.  And that seems to be working the best.  I have been with it for about 5 and a half months.  Even though i think the albuterol is the best i feel like i'm living on the stuff.  When i play softball i am always taking the inhaler and finding it hard to breath.  My team mates are also getting sort of angry at my asthma because i am to busy coughing and i cant play as well.  Also having the position of catcher makes my asthma even worse because of sll the hot equiptment.  I always take my inhaler about 10-15 minutes before i play but i am taking my inhaler at least 2-3 times in one game.  I am getting really annoyed at coughing and not being able to breath, so if someone could help me with my ashtma that would be great.
 
If anyone has a problem like mine or used to have one i would llove to hear your story and how you are dealing with it or delt with it. 
good luck to all of you!

josey
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   Posted 6/18/2006 2:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,
im really sorry to hear about your asthma being so out of controll, i remember when i was younger and i played soccer with asthma, and baseball, when all the other kids had to run laps, my coach let me sit it out, because he knew it could trigger an attack.
That was one of the most important things to me, was the support and patience of my team.  And since stress is one of the biggest triggers for asthma- for mine anyways, you would probably have less attacks, less frequently if you felt secure.
I take an inhailor <flo vent> i think its called, purple circular thingy,
anyways, i take it 2 times a day, and it has helped me more than any other med i tryed.
I assume that when you say you have to take your inhailor 3-4 times on a game, you mean ventolin, and i would definutly reccomend not useing that much, i dont think long term thats very safe, and you must get crazy bad shakes from it right??
Id go talk this out with your asthma specialist, if you have one, or your doctor, and get some advise, because you are definutly taking wayyyy to much ventolin.
hope i helped!

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/18/2006 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I was started back on Unaphyl yesterday & it's like night & day difference.I was able to wash clothes vaccum,wash windows & not get out of breat unless I got too hot,then I'd have to sit & rest.Otherwise i'm doing 100% better.I also take Singulair,& Allegra.
SnowyLynne


Chick5Soft
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   Posted 7/3/2006 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
just saying hi

Super Skater!
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   Posted 7/6/2006 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I also play softball, during the summer, which just so happens to be my worst season for asthma! So far I only had one game though. Well, in my opinion, if you have to take your inhaler 2-3 times in one game, that must mean it's not working well or something, am I right? Because normally, that's practically how much you should use it in a full day. Maybe you should tell your doctor that you're needing to use it frequently, and that your asthma really affects your performance in sports. You just may need a different type of inhaler, that happened to me before. And maybe you could speak to your coach, as well. He or she just may assign you to another position, because catcher is absolutely the worse one, I find. I'm center field, and it's not too bad... :) Well, I sure hope I helped. I'm usually not very good at giving advice! ;)

Chick5Soft
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/7/2006 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
i am not catcher anymore now i am a right fielder so its not so tough and im doing a little better

thanks for caring

Super Skater!
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   Posted 7/8/2006 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
That's good. Glad to hear you're doing better! Having fun on the team? I have a game tomorrow night. :)
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