Well I am new to this forum. Let me tell you my story. I am currently a 21 year old male attending college. I have had asthma since early elementary school. It was both allergen induced and exercise induced. The symptoms of my asthma became worse as I aged and by high school I could not run for more than 10 minutes without getting asthma. Since I had asthma I have taken a majority of the medicines on the market including prednisone (when I am severely sick) as well as pill-based medications (like singular). I have always taken an albuterol inhaler regularly.
Towards the end of high school and beginning of college I was prescribed Advair (a steroid/bronchiodilater) to be used along with albuterol. This helped to prevent asthma from common allergens but I still could not endure any strenuous physical activity.
I tried to consult my physician regularly about the problem and he kept track of my progress but his only solution was to increase my dosage of advair and the frequency of use to twice a day along with using albuterol whenever necessary. This still did not prevent my exercise induced-asthma from occurring rather readily. All it takes is for my pulse-rate to remain elevated for more than just 3-5 minutes for the asthma to begin and then my breathing progressively tightens up. I eventually just gave up trying to solve the problem because it seemed my family and doctor were fine with me just not getting asthma out of the blue.
I could not play sports or do regular physical activities that all my friends took part in and I still cannot. I have always enjoyed playing basketball, dancing, and even running but I just cant do these things in fear that I may just kill myself if I push just a little too hard. If I do take albuterol after I get asthma it eventually goes away, although even if I do not take albuterol it goes away on its own if I cease the activity. However regardless of if I take medication to treat an occuring instance of asthma or not, it will start up again if I continue whatever activity triggered it.
As a result of this I am probably not the healthiest person in the world due to lack of regular cardiovascular exercise. I do walk a lot and people tell me "take small steps and do low intensity exercise, the best cure for asthma is exercise." The only problem is that low intensity exercise bores me, it is not a challenge, and at my age I want to do more. Yet once I go past that point of "this is easy" to "this is a good workout", my breath shortens and shortens until I have no choice but to stop in fear that it might shorten to a point that I will not be able to breathe. The reason I am posting this NOW is because I want to try and tackle this problem. I look at myself and I feel like I am missing out and could do so much more in my youth if I didn't have this impending doom feeling whenever I happen to say, chase a frisbee down a field or run to get somewhere faster. Yet I have no preventative measures to take other than these medications. I hope someone can help. I would greatly appreciate any input, Thanks!