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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Feb 24, 2005.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    How is yours broght on, how long have you had it and what caused it?.Anything else you would like to share on the the topic is fine to. I get pretty annoyed at myself when i am out in public and i go to take a breath and my weezing is heard by those around me, mine can be pretty bad expesialy in the cold.
  2. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    I don't get it too bad these days, but when I was younger, I would wheeze pretty heavily after much more than climbing a flight of stairs. I had asthma for a while. I don't know if asthma goes away, but mine hasn't acted up in a long time, so wheezing isn't as much of a problem for me anymore. When I had an attack, I always tried to take slow, deep breaths for a little while to get my heart and breath rates down. It is kind of an aggravating thing to deal with though.
  3. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Don't mean to derail the thread, but MAJOR METAL always has such phylisophical, and *questioning* threads. You're studying to become a Catholic priest right?

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yes i am.
  5. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    If you ever make it to Northern VA area and want to find a place to work try to apply for a job a Paul VI High School, our old priest was much like you 'from what I can tell.' He left to go do bishop work, and this new guy is a mistake.

    Just thought I'd say that.
  6. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I have asthma, it first started up acting up in 5th grade. I was too stubborn to admit, until I ended up on the classroom floor gasping for air...It's gotten better since, I haven't had an attack since, but it is a prevalent thing in my life. I constantly clear my throat, I try to be respectful of other people, but it's hard sometimes.
  7. AlexK


    Apr 10, 2001
    Sounds sorta like asthma. Cold temperatures, among other things, can cause hypersensitivity of the bronchial smooth muscle, meaning it sort of constricts quite easily, or it could be causing excess mucous production, which can constrict the airflow. These reactions can also be caused by inhalation of certain particles in the air. I'm not a doctor, but if it seems to be a significant problem you should definitely see someone about it, or you may end up like Against Will.
  8. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    I had a cold at the end of last summer that triggered asthma and/or allergies that left me with a nasty cough/weezing for a couple of months. I've pretty much narrowed it down to allergies, because the age of the place I live in and the area (wooded, next to a highway).
  9. dunharrow


    Feb 22, 2005
    Minneapolis MN
    I have asthma and allergies which depending on the season can be almost debilitating. I plan to start getting some shiatzu and accupuncture. Several knowledgeable acquaintences and friends of mine have all highly recomended it. Yoga can also really help to strengthen your respiratory health. I have been trying western medicine for years and nothing seems to help.
  10. If I go near cat or dog fur I sound really bad. I cough, I spew up goo, and just generally look like I'm about to die.
  11. I absolutely HATE going to doctors....but now, I encourage anybody that has a breathing problem to go see a professional. Not a general practice doc, but a specialist like an ear-nose-throat (ENT).

    Why....?? For the last ten years or so, I've felt like my sinuses were getting very very clogged, and had some dizzy spells. My general practioner peered up my nose a month ago, didn't see anything wrong. Then I felt an obstruction in my nose so I broke down and went to an ENT. He took one look and sent me for an immediate CT scan.

    Bottom line: I have at least one very large polyp obstructing several nasal cavities, which also has deviated my septum, plus my sinuses are extremely obstructed. In a few weeks I'll be undergoing endoscopic surgery. Yuck!!

    But now I know why I've had the sinus headaches and breathing difficulties.
  12. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I suffered from chronic asthma most of my life and made frequent very scary trips to the ER. I tried every new asthma medication and inhaler and combination of meds and inhalers that came out. Some were almost worse than the asthma. I am referring to the side effects.

    Anyhoo, mercifully, about ten years ago, Singulair was approved by the FDA for the public and that one pill, taken only once a day changed my life. I have never been to the ER since. I don't need inhalers anymore. I almost never weeze. I can run and exercise and do what I want.

    The foods and environmental things that used to make me wheeze, such as cigarette smoke and men's cologne or women's perfume no longer cause trouble.

    I know this sounds like an infomercial, but I would never recommend a drug here if I didn't have personal experience with it myself. But before Singulair came out, I really believed I would die from asthma one day and, in fact, came pretty close a couple times. It is horrible not being able to breathe.

    At least see a doctor and ask about this miracle tablet. It's so much better than breathing in expensive inhalers every few hours and always lugging one around and being scared when you realize you don't have one handy or that it will be empty just when you need it most. Plus you have to keep them clean. Some of those inhalers run over sixty dollars each and last only a month or less. I think Advair is close to eighty.

    You WILL need a prescription for Singulair. It is not sold over the counter. Once you take it, take it forever. I am very afraid of an asthma rebound if I stop this pill.
  13. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    i have it when i have cold... most likely because of cigz... i am "slowing down" right now... well almost quiting with exception for 1-2 cigz a year i guess:)

    supposedly its small case of asmtha... go check it out bud... maybe dr can help

  14. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    might by bronhites or however you spell that...
  15. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I had awful asthma as a teenager, real couldn't walk more than ten feet scary stuff.
    It mostly went away in my late teens, still get it from time to time from a few things - cats bring it out, as does wet paint for some reason.
  16. I was diagnosed with Asthma about 11 years ago (I'm 35 now). My asthma is very well controlled - taking becotide and serevent daily and ventolin as needed (only occasionally).

    I find that going from hot to cold and vice versa (ie going into a house form being outside in winter) can cause problems - mostly coming in from the cold actually!

    Hasn't caused me any major issues though - I can run between 3 and 5 miles just now (decided to get fit and lose weight during the last year or so). Asthma doesn't play too big a part on it (but I have my inhaler handy, as some nights it has caused issues!)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    The worst is when your trying to get to sleep and your weezing is keeping you awake, George H Bush from SNL voice on "It's Bad".
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I hate that. I have GERD, and if I eat too close to bedtime, or eat the wrong food, the acid will come up in my throat while I am sleeping.

    Once I take some antacid, the GERD is fine. But the acid inflames my throat, and the resultant wheezing keeps me from getting any more sleep.:(
  19. Asthma definitely can recede, although I wouldn't say it is ever likely to go away completely. I had pretty well-controlled asthma as a kid. I never had an "asthma attack," despite being warned endlessly. Basically, exposure to smoke and other allergens or any major exercise would bring on quite a large amount of wheezing and coughing, and I got tired more quickly than most other kids. In the last five years or so, the symptoms have all but disappeared. I do notice that I wheeze a bit when I come in from running around in the cold, and severe pet allergies can make it hard to breathe. I keep an Albuterol inhaler handy, but I have only used it a few times in the last year. I think that getting exercise, although it worsened my condition in the sort term, helped a great deal in overcoming my asthma. I played soccer, ran, and biked constantly for a few years. I still try to stay active as much as possible. I went longboarding for 4 hours on Friday. Good times! My advice to anyone suffering from asthma is to exercise regularly. Working your lungs, unpleasant as it seems, can make them quite a bit stronger after a while. It is great to not have to worry about breathing anymore, and all the exercise keeps me in good shape. I can outrun all my friends by quite a bit!
  20. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Treating asthma can be a sticky wicket at times. Each case is very dependent on the individual. It is not unusual for very young children with asthma to "grow out of it". Avoiding triggers is the key, along with proper monitoring and medications as needed.

    I wouldn't say exercise is the cure for all, its my bet you immune system was built up by short exposures. Hard to say though. For those with exercise induced asthma, this is very problematic.

    New studies, although most not published yet, are leaning towards controlling with leukotriene inhibitors (Singulair etc..), long acting Beta2 agonist(Serevent etc), anticholinergics (Atrovent) and inhaled corticosteroids. With acute exacerbations, short acting Beta2's (Albuterol, Xopenex) and short course of PO or IV steroids.

    The individual is the barometer for treatment, most know when an attack is going to be bad, so early intervention is the key. Monitoring daily peak flow is a good indicator.