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Asthma and running (Read 163 times)

    I am just getting back into running and my outside runs have been increasing a little more in the last few weeks.

     

    I have noticed that I have been short of breath after running and it lasts for a few days after a run. Tonight I can't lay down due to to a little wheezing in my breathing  causing a little panic and so I can't sleep. So I am here writing this because I can't sleep. I will be seeking  a doctor today.

     

    I am not sure if I over did it on some of my last outside runs that were in temps 45 and below. 

     

    Does this sound like Asthma? I never had Asthma before.

      Yes, see a doctor.

       

      Factors that aggravate exercise-induced asthma:

       

      1.  Cold weather

      2.  Inadequate warm-up

      3.  Hard workout

      4.  Dust

      6.  Poor aerobic conditioning

       

      The basic process is inflammation that causes mucous secretion, making normal breathing more difficult.  You may also be more sensitive to ammonia than the average person.

       

      If you suffer from panic attacks, be sure to tell that to your doctor.  Albuterol can cause side effects that are similar to the onset of a panic attack (shakiness, increased HR).

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      Needs more cowbell!

        ^^^ Yes.

         

        Also, do you have a home humidifier?  I find if the indoor air is too dry that it exacerbates my asthma.

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        • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

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          For those interested in the surprise diagnosis, here it is, from another thread....

           

          link

          Dave

            Here's the post.  I hope you and the doctors can get this sorted, Corepower.

             

            Lets just say I wish it was asthma!!

             

            Went to the doc today. I have Atrial fibrillation  He gave me 2 drugs. one to slow my heart down and one to prevent  clots. 

             

            This is a first  for me but not a surprise since my mom and her mom had it  for years. I  am going to the specialist on Monday. If the drugs don't help they could stop my heart and restart it on Monday.

             

            No running for me. This might put a damper on any more running  in the future, because I am not sure I want to run with a heart condition. I though there was something up  my energy level has been bad when not running.The last 4 runs I did were like beginner's runs. Half walks and runs.

            This was not good news for me!

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            Needs more cowbell!

              Here's the post.  I hope you and the doctors can get this sorted, Corepower.

               

               

              Oh, yikes!  CP, I'm really glad you got checked-out.  Anytime someone has "asthma" symptoms it's worth seeing a doctor...uncontrolled asthma, alone, is nothing to mess with.  But as you've unfortunately learned, there are even worse things that can be mistaken for more common asthma.  I hope you'll be able to get back to it in time.

              I shoot pretty things! ~

              '14 Goals:

              • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

              • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


              A Saucy Wench

                OK, so while we are on the subject.  Last week I went in for lingering bronchitis and they diagnosed it as asthma (asthmatic bronchitis?) based on the albuterol nebulizer made my O2 sats return to normal.  I was given an inhaler and told since I didnt have attacks, to use it evey 4- 6 hours for a few days.  Did that all day thursday and for the first time IN MY LIFE I felt that sensation of "shortness of breath" all day - peaking about 1 hour after each dose

                 

                Friday I tested the peak volume (the blow tube thingy)  and it was way high (perhaps Normal for me-560-570), took one dose and 20 minutes later my peak volume was somewhat lower.   Didnt use it the rest of the day or Saturday as my peak volume was still high.  This morning I woke up a little tight so I tested and my peak volume was slightly depressed.  took the inhaler.  didnt really affect the volume but an hour later I am gasping like a fish, although I can still blow a 560ish.  But I am sitting here periodically gasping.

                 

                I'm guessing albuterol is bad for me.

                I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

                 

                "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7


                Bad Ass

                  Corepower, I read your thread on the B&B so my comments are there. W ishing you luck with your treatment!

                   

                  Ennay, asthmatic bronchitis is asthma.  That's what people used to call asthmatics when I was a kid so as not to label kids with asthma.

                   

                  It took me more than a year to get my asthma meds working for me.  The shortness of breath and attacks slowed my pace for quite a while.  Hope you get the meds combination to the point that they work fior you.  Go back to the doctor and have her prescribe something else.

                   

                  OK, so while we are on the subject.  Last week I went in for lingering bronchitis and they diagnosed it as asthma (asthmatic bronchitis?) based on the albuterol nebulizer made my O2 sats return to normal.  I was given an inhaler and told since I didnt have attacks, to use it evey 4- 6 hours for a few days.  Did that all day thursday and for the first time IN MY LIFE I felt that sensation of "shortness of breath" all day - peaking about 1 hour after each dose

                   

                  Friday I tested the peak volume (the blow tube thingy)  and it was way high (perhaps Normal for me-560-570), took one dose and 20 minutes later my peak volume was somewhat lower.   Didnt use it the rest of the day or Saturday as my peak volume was still high.  This morning I woke up a little tight so I tested and my peak volume was slightly depressed.  took the inhaler.  didnt really affect the volume but an hour later I am gasping like a fish, although I can still blow a 560ish.  But I am sitting here periodically gasping.

                   

                  I'm guessing albuterol is bad for me.

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                  A Saucy Wench

                    Corepower, I read your thread on the B&B so my comments are there. W ishing you luck with your treatment!

                     

                    Ennay, asthmatic bronchitis is asthma.  That's what people used to call asthmatics when I was a kid so as not to label kids with asthma.

                     

                    It took me more than a year to get my asthma meds working for me.  The shortness of breath and attacks slowed my pace for quite a while.  Hope you get the meds combination to the point that they work fior you.  Go back to the doctor and have her prescribe something else.

                     

                     

                    OK but how do the know it is asthma and not bronchitis?  Or something else?  I had a bad bad cold, I got a cough that lingered.  Outside of having a cold, I have never had ANY symptoms that seemed like "asthma" until I was put on the medication.  I've never had asthma post runs or anything that seemed to cause breathing difficulties ever.  So this diagnosis seemed very ?  Especially since the doctor delivered it in exactly that tone. " So......asthma??"


                    Technically I passed the peak flow test before she even gave me the neb.  I guess I look at corepowers case as EXACTLY why I think it was a rather....hasty diagnosis.  I didnt even meet the criteria for asthma

                    I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

                     

                    "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7

                      Ennay - I was diagnosed with asthma the way you were.  Really bad flu with horrendous cough which responded to albuterol.  During allergy season, I had some tightness in my chest when walking around my house (but I could run 6-10 miles relatively easily).  That was over 10 years ago and I've never had an "attack" but I get a nasty cough with any upper respiratory infection.  I argued the asthma diagnosis about 4 years ago after several 100% or more peak flow tests and was told that  the rate at which my exhalation decreases that indicates asthma : (

                       

                      CP - good luck with the a-fib, yikes!

                      2014 - hmm, what next?

                        PS - one particular inhaler didn't agree with me and made the horrible coughing waaay worse  (I forget which one) but generic albuterol works fine.  You may need to try a different medication or brand vs generic to find what works for you.

                        2014 - hmm, what next?

                          I was going to give you my opinion on the matter, then decided to just recommend you see another doctor. Since a 2nd opinion from a licensed  physician is probably more valuable than a 4th opinion from an Internet forum. Could be asthma regardless of whether you've had any symptoms before, and just need to get the appropriate medication and/or give it enough time. A respiratory infection can hit an asthmatic a lot harder than an average person. Or it could be something completely different.

                          Dave


                          A Saucy Wench

                            Well I have a follow up appt on wednesday.  I feel like things are getting worse though, not better.

                            I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

                             

                            "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7


                            old woman w/hobby

                              Well I have a follow up appt on wednesday.  I feel like things are getting worse though, not better.

                              Ennay-  I don't know any thing about asthma so can't contribute on that.  Just wishing you the best results!

                              steph  

                               

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                                Ennay and Corepower - Hope you both get this straightened out and get back out there running!

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