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Old 05-15-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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my experience with asthma

Asthma is a very serious respiratory problem.I get asthma every pollen season.
Because you can't breathe properly you can't do any activity.I first experienced asthma at a birthday party at city park.Me and my friends were playing football.There were tons of oak trees there and it was pollen season,and the day was hot.Before I knew it they were carrying me to the shade where I could sit down while they were playing softball.I was breathing real heavy and weezing.I sat down for a minute or two and then the next thing I know I was at the doctor's clinic.I had passed out unconscious for several hours.I mentioned at the beginning that it's serious,but I will contend it is also life threatening and traumatizing.When I came to it was late at night .I didn't know and still to this day don't know how I got there and exactly what had happened.I've tried pump mist inhalers only to find I was short of breath about a half an hour after treatment.I used to run cross country and never had a problem.Then one day as I ran with the team guess what ?Another asthma attack.I asked a friend if he would walk back with me to the school from the route.Luckily I didn't pass out this time,but after that I had to stop running. You see, I couldn't on account of my asthma.I tell you this because I know how it feel not to be able to do anything because of respiratory problems.My doctor put me on sinular and a powdered inhaler.But, even still you can't imagine the trouble of having to coff up yellow mucus all day long.The next pollen season though I ordered a nebulizer which is basically a compressor which vaporizes the liquid medicine into a mist to breath in and out. What a relief that was to me.But,nevertheless my asthma still acted up . This is when I started using VicsVapor Rub and boy, did that help.Why,it cleared up the congestion from the pollen.Althouth today I have found an entirely different approach to treating my asthma.At first I tried deep breathing exercises ,but it had no avail. Then,you my think this absurd and totally contrary to treatment I took up cigar smoking.Although this is no cure for asthma it seemed to dry up the phlem withinside my lungs.I already know smoking can cause cancer, but for me with this chronic asthma problem every pollen season I thought and still think it's worth a try.

 
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:35 AM   #2
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Re: my experience with asthma

Wow, sounds bad. How old are you? I am 23 and I have been diagnosed with asthma since I was a kid. I couldn't play football or any other sport. The other kids used to laugh at me.

I've never fainted or anything but I was rushed to hospital several times, almost blue from lack of oxygen.

It's a terrible, terrible experience. Its worse than drowning and hanging perhaps, its slow and agonozing.

I've had bad asthma attacks but overall I've learned to manage my asthma well. I have NOT visited a doctor concerning my asthma for three years now. I have regular exams of course but and sometimes experience shortness of breath but it seems to be gettine better every year I hope I outgrow it somehow.

Good luck and quit smoking, possibly the worst thing to do for your asthma.

 
Old 05-16-2007, 10:04 PM   #3
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Ok - first, cigar smoking and asthma? shame shame!
Second, it doesn't sound like chronic asthma, it sounds like you are having allergic reactions. You should talk to your doctor about an allergy medicine to go along with the asthma ones. Asthma and allergies are related, but yours sounds like it only happens when you are outside or during pollen season. If you got an allergy pill like Allegra (or some other brand/similar function) you could take it when pollen count is high or when you anticipated you might be around your triggers. Also, since this is such a severe reaction, you might want to ask about an epi pen (sp?) to tide you over until you make it to the doctor when this happens again. Did your doctor do an allergy test? This could help you correctly identify exactly which trees you are allergic so you could monitor when their pollen is highest.

 
Old 05-16-2007, 10:06 PM   #4
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Oh yes, what I meant to say regarding smoking. Even if you don't get cancer, you are probably causing great damage to your lungs that may be irriversable and make the asthma worse in the long run.

 
Old 05-19-2007, 02:57 PM   #5
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Quote:
Ok - first, cigar smoking and asthma? shame shame!
Second, it doesn't sound like chronic asthma, it sounds like you are having allergic reactions. You should talk to your doctor about an allergy medicine to go along with the asthma ones. Asthma and allergies are related, but yours sounds like it only happens when you are outside or during pollen season.
I agree, it doesn’t sound like chronic asthma. Sounds like your are going through hell anyhow. the best way I control my asthma is by controling my allergies first. And your should not inhale cigar smoke, I believe its only for taste. So I believe what you have is sports asthma. Me I have chronic asthma and can be affected by anything, sports, animals, hot, cold, humidity, smoke, dust, anything. Lately I fined I’m mostly waking up with shooting pains in my lungs when I breath, so I can only take shallow breaths. I also feel a cold feeling in my lungs when I get an asthma attack, (that is how they diagnosed me the first time) as well as wheezing, I went through a time when smoking felt like it helped with the wheezing. but it doenst help with the constricting of the lungs, it makes it worst. , and its not worth it, it is better to take your medication. But if your phlegm is yellow, doesn’t that mean you have an infection? Mine is clear. With me because I have had asthma since I was a kid (20 years) I found any cold or flu I get goes straight to my lungs. And I had bronchitis for 2 years. If you have bronchitis with you asthma smoking will only make you worse.

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Old 05-19-2007, 04:18 PM   #6
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Re: my experience with asthma

It does sound more like EIA (exercise induced asthma). If that's the case, you should be using 2 puffs of albuterol 20 minutes before any cardio. That's what I do and I jog with no breathing problems.

 
Old 05-19-2007, 10:33 PM   #7
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"But if your phlegm is yellow, doesn’t that mean you have an infection?" Okay sorry, I couldn't figure out the quote reply function.

I have been told this also, yellow (or another color) means infection, white or clear means it's strictly asthma acting up.
I hope you get it figured out and feel better soon.

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Old 06-17-2007, 09:15 PM   #8
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Asthma is a very serious respiratory problem.I get asthma every pollen season.
Because you can't breathe properly you can't do any activity.I first experienced asthma at a birthday party at city park.Me and my friends were playing football.There were tons of oak trees there and it was pollen season,and the day was hot.Before I knew it they were carrying me to the shade where I could sit down while they were playing softball.I was breathing real heavy and weezing.I sat down for a minute or two and then the next thing I know I was at the doctor's clinic.I had passed out unconscious for several hours.I mentioned at the beginning that it's serious,but I will contend it is also life threatening and traumatizing.When I came to it was late at night .I didn't know and still to this day don't know how I got there and exactly what had happened.I've tried pump mist inhalers only to find I was short of breath about a half an hour after treatment.I used to run cross country and never had a problem.Then one day as I ran with the team guess what ?Another asthma attack.I asked a friend if he would walk back with me to the school from the route.Luckily I didn't pass out this time,but after that I had to stop running. You see, I couldn't on account of my asthma.I tell you this because I know how it feel not to be able to do anything because of respiratory problems.My doctor put me on sinular and a powdered inhaler.But, even still you can't imagine the trouble of having to coff up yellow mucus all day long.The next pollen season though I ordered a nebulizer which is basically a compressor which vaporizes the liquid medicine into a mist to breath in and out. What a relief that was to me.But,nevertheless my asthma still acted up . This is when I started using VicsVapor Rub and boy, did that help.Why,it cleared up the congestion from the pollen.Althouth today I have found an entirely different approach to treating my asthma.At first I tried deep breathing exercises ,but it had no avail. Then,you my think this absurd and totally contrary to treatment I took up cigar smoking.Although this is no cure for asthma it seemed to dry up the phlem withinside my lungs.I already know smoking can cause cancer, but for me with this chronic asthma problem every pollen season I thought and still think it's worth a try.

 
Old 06-17-2007, 09:29 PM   #9
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Re: my experience with asthma

First, give up smoking.
Next go to a alllegy specialist and arrange for a "skin" test to find out which grass or tree pollen that you are allergic to.

I am now 82 years old, and have been treated by various allergy specialists,but have not been complelly cured. I continue to take immunization shots on a weekly basis. When my allergy gets really bad,
I put on a 3M mask and inhale oxygen. I find most allergists do not like
to prescribe oxygen, but by taking oxygen at night, i wake up in the morning wthout clogged lungs, and do not wheeze at night. Most doctors would rather give you drugs, albuterol nebulizer, and immun. shots. I find that taking oxygen at night keeps you from inhaling pollen and dust (mites).
esterojoe......

 
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