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July 17 2015 at 2:39 PM
De22  (Login De22)

 
Does anyone else here have lung problems, and do you exercise, and what kind of exercise do you do - moderate or intense?

 
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green.elephant
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yep

July 17 2015, 6:27 PM 

I have reduced pulmonary function (60%) so I do moderate daily cardio-vascular exercise.

 
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De22
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Re: yep

July 18 2015, 11:29 AM 

What kind of exercise do you do?

Also, do you ever take breathing treatments?

I had bronchitis a couple of years ago and it lasted for months, and I couldn't breathe. My doctor did nothing for me. Then had breathing problems again when I was pregnant and a CT scan showed enlarged pulmonary arteries.

 
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green.elephant
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Re: yep

July 18 2015, 7:07 PM 

My reduced pulmonary function is genetic/neuromuscular in nature, so breathing treatments would not be helpful for me. I walk on my treadmill daily to get my heart rate up and lungs exercising to a sub-maximal level. Ironically, I had no breathing issues while pregnant - my diaphragm is so weak that the baby pushing on it didn't make a difference at all.

 
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Maggie in VA
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Had asthma since age 12 . . .

July 18 2015, 3:04 PM 

Had a bout of bronchitis and afterward, had asthma. Onset was with puberty and it has much improved with meno. Anyway, I haven't been getting the exercise I need lately, which is making everything about my health worse. As a young person, I did aerobics, generally low impact after age 30, inside and away from outdoor allergens. I also walked a lot and did toning exercises. When I was younger and did high impact aerobics, I would switch to just walking during the spring and fall allergy seasons. I also did lap swimming. The last allergist I saw was not very enthusiastic about that as he felt the chlorine could trigger attacks, but I never had that problem.

So, I've always done moderate exercise. Honestly, the healthiest human I think I ever knew was my mom, and she just walked and did tai chi in her later years. You have a rescue inhaler, right?

Take care,

Maggie (in VA)

 
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De22
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Re: Had asthma since age 12 . . .

July 18 2015, 4:08 PM 

Rescue inhaler? My doctor has never prescribed or advised me about anything I can take for this problem. Do you need an RX for one of these? The next time I have bronchitis and the doctor does nothing I will write a letter of complaint to the state board of medicine.

Just paid $59 on ask a doctor.com to answer a simple question that should have been addressed by my OB weeks ago.

I want to do a more hard core workout at an exercise studio I used to go to. It is in a class with other people, and I feel self conscious that I can't do most of the workout. Of course, many people in the class are much younger than me.

 
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Maggie in VA
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I'd be careful.

July 18 2015, 7:29 PM 

A rescue inhaler is a fast-acting inhaler for when an asthma attack is already in progress, and it's typically Albuterol. That's in contrast to preventive inhalers like Advair, which is a combination of a steroid and Serevent. I would not start a more vigorous exercise program until you've been assessed by a pulmonary specialist, especially if you say you have enlarged pulmonary arteries.

I've always had to work at my own pace due to my asthma, though I could usually keep up with mainstream aerobics classes. I hear you. One reason I dropped my gym membership was that with the arthritis I've developed in my left hand, I have trouble with prone exercises and felt limited in the classes I could take. Even the yoga classes weren't traditional hatha yoga, but meant to provide something that conformed more to western notions of what a "real" workout should feel like.

Take care,

Maggie (in VA)

 
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