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exercise enduced asthma(8 posts)

exercise enduced asthmaneube
Jun 24, 2002 12:48 PM
... OR do i just keep getting "stung lungs"?

the feeling i'm getting is like my lungs have been stung - when i take a deep breath my lungs hurt and i start to cough. I don't ever feel breathless, but i am not able to take even a reasonably deep breath without pain and coughing

lately this has been happening on my longest rides and after shorter, very intense sessions/races. --- needless to say it has limited my training and racing of late.

i'm not sure if what i am experiencing is really EIA or not.

I have an appointment with the family doc next week, but i wonder if any EIA sufferers here could explain what it feels like and what they do to handle it...

re: exercise enduced asthmaNo_sprint
Jun 24, 2002 1:08 PM
Got it. I take a hit about 30 mins. before exercise. To prevent it, I must warm up slowly and fully. Before crits it's usually an hour of warm up. Slow increases all the way to 90/95% max hr. Basically it's weezing, shortness of breath, feels like the airway is being constricted, which it is.

I don't think it is what you are talking about.
you got what I gotPack Meat
Jun 24, 2002 1:14 PM
Let me know if you find out it's not EIA because that's what they tell me it is. Here's a link with some info

I've been taking serevent for about 2 years and it seems to work pretty good. It doesn't make up missing a warm up or if there is way to much crap in the air but it let's finish crits and ride fairly strong.
Exertion cough/trachial hypersensitivityBipedZed
Jun 24, 2002 1:29 PM
During extremely intense short efforts I develop a cough that can take up to 2 weeks to subside. It generally occurs after TTs or other intense races at high altitude (> 7000ft). I was also diagnosed with EIA with those symptoms but do not really experience a constricted of the airways, just a residual hacking cough after the race, especially when breathing deep. Stangely the coughing actually stops when I go on recovery rides.

My teammate is an M.D. Internal Medicine and he attributes the condition to an irritation of the trachea/bronchial passages due to intense breathing from race level exertion. He didn't really have a remedy as very little research has been, nor has it really been officially diagnosed. This is just his interpretation of what is occuring.

It doesn't happen to everyone, but a few weekends ago at an uphill TT in the mountains many many people were coughing afterwards throughout the evening and into the next day.
from long slow work as well....neube
Jun 24, 2002 2:19 PM
i'm feeling something similar to what you describe - infact i can still feel it in my lungs now, 18 hours after finishing the ride.

however, the ride that triggered this feeling was long and slow. I was one of the stronger riders in the group yesterday - i sat on the front much of the day - but i wore my heart rate monitor, and kept my HR down in a base aerobic zone (Zone 1 to lower Zone 2 for those familiar with joe friel's training methods). I wasn't working hard at all, and the distance was similar to that which i've been riding all spring long.

My lungs were fine until about the 80km mark of the day. After that i just felt tight and unable to get a good haul of air.

thanks for your comments and opinions!
high ozone level in summer heat does it to meishmael
Jun 24, 2002 4:00 PM
I think I feel what you are feeling. When I breath really deep its kind of a sore/irratated feeling. It also sometimes seems like I cant get that last bit of breath, like breaking through for the yawn. Ozone levels change drasticly throughout the day. If its hot its bad, if its hot for days and days, its worse.
i get that...._rt_
Jun 25, 2002 6:26 AM
and i've got plain ole garden variety asthma. i've never heard of "stung lungs", but i have experienced something very similar to what you describe. there are times when i feel like i can't take a deep breath without sharp pain. the pain & shallow breathing causes me to cough.

check out this discussion about coughing & asthma from yesterday:
funknuggets "Interesting Site and post-ride coughing Question..." 6/25/02 3:11am

be sure, when you see your doc & they do testing for asthma, that they compare your functioning to yourself (pre/post meds) or to other athletes who participate in aerobic endurance sports. if they compare you to the norms (which is what they initially did for me) you will most likely look better than average regardless of your asthma status.

I hate it whent hey tell you that you're okPack Meat
Jun 25, 2002 11:03 AM
because you're average or a little below when you know you have some restriction going on. In the Fall when the air is cool but not cold and conditions are perfect and I can actually breath comfortably I test through the roof on the lung function test.