Lasting Effects of Untreated Exercise Induced Asthma

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   Posted 9/17/2014 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had Exercise Induced Asthma since I was a child, but it went untreated until I was a teenager. I was a chubby kid, so teachers and parents didn't believe me when I told them I couldn't breathe whenever I exercised. They would say that I was just "out of shape." But I could never get in shape, because I always had to stop exercising since I couldn't breathe. This was traumatic for me, since I was embarrassed to tell anyone that I thought I had a problem. I would lie to my PE teacher about how much I ran just so I could stop and catch my breath. I was constantly avoiding any exercise that had extensive running. I did this for so long that now that I'm an adult I have a VERY difficult time consistently exercising. My asthma is under control, but I think I trained myself to avoid exercising at all costs for fear of feeling all those horrible feelings when I was a kid...and for fear of not breathing. So that is my problem. How do I, as an adult, get over the trauma I suffered because of my EIA? Is it possible to retrain my brain? Has anyone else experienced this?

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   Posted 9/17/2014 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Pachyceph.

I hope you are seeing a pulmonologist and getting treated. As for the trauma, I'm no expert there. I'm not a doctor of anything. There are pretty good forums here at HW for anxiety and depression. I hope they can help some. You've had a rough time, to say the least.

I started getting called "out of shape" by doctors as an adult when I complained of chest pain and exhaustion after walking up small hills. Nothing showed on EKG or sonogram. A few weeks later I had a heart attack caused by a rupture of the plaque in a cardiac artery. Maybe nothing to do with you. I had to get into a group to lose weight, for me not eating bread, and it was tough changing my habits - retraining my brain to like different foods.

You've got a lot of friends here who care, so keep in touch and let us know how it's going.

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   Posted 9/18/2014 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Alcie! Yeah...I didn't know where to post this. I just posted my problem in the Anxiety forum. I think that is the more appropriate place.

Thanks for the kind words!
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