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Exercise Induced Asthma(10 posts)

Exercise Induced AsthmaBill B
May 27, 2003 5:22 PM
Anybody have it? What should I know about it? I was diagnosed with it today and would like to hear from others who have it too.

Thanks,
Bill
re: Exercise Induced Asthmaishmael
May 27, 2003 7:03 PM
I think I have it. I think if youve suceptible to ashma to begin with youre capable of getting it. I get a bit wheeze after some rides, especially the hot ones that have high levels of ozone. In my case it isnt really a bother till after I ride and then it's only a slight annoyance. I think a good warm up is helpful, and if it really bothers you avoid the hot part of the hot days.
re: Exercise Induced AsthmadaCaT_
May 27, 2003 7:34 PM
I do. I use a product called advair (sp?) twice a day and a second one called Singular. It is very rare now that i need to use an emergency inhailer. Before those two drugs my wife used to drop me on hills and now i drop her.
re: Exercise Induced Asthmatobinb
May 27, 2003 9:54 PM
I used to suffer from this untill i understood it a bit. For me anyway the key is to warm up very slowly. If i hammer right away i will be sidelined with an attack. For some reason its twice as bad if its really cold out. if i give myself even just 15-20 min or so as a slow warm up i can then go as hard as i want. I used to carry an emergency inhaler but now that i understand the trigger i dont really need it at all. My last inhaler expired before it was even a quarter used up.
That twice a day inhaler that guy above mentions is an incredible drug, it will basicaly eliminate your attacks. i was using one last year when i lived at my brothers place and there were a bunch of pets around. of course it was ultimately better to just get away from the pets, and go drug free.
Just think about your triggers and try to manage them the best you can. Dont let exercise induced asthma prevent you from exercising. if you are unhealthy the asthma will likely get worse!
good luck,
d
re: Exercise Induced Asthmacp123
May 27, 2003 10:52 PM
Yup! Take seretide twice a day as a preventer and ventolin as required. Its heaps worse in winter when we get to about minus 6 or 7 degrees, and I have to take a lot more care in warming up, and similarly cooling down. I can't just flog hard and then stop without erupting in a coughing or gasping fit.

If it is relevant, you can measure your lung capabilities on a peak flow metre and know whether you're ok. Sometimes you feel fine but your results tell you you might not be.

But I've ridden 200 kms in a day before and do local racing. If you can sort it out nothing should hold you back.

good luck
Do some readingcyclequip
May 28, 2003 2:09 AM
I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago - on a training ride when my (persistent) cough turned into a wheezing attack that scared me. Saw a good specialist - did the lung function tests and went on a course of drugs: Steroids as a daily control (Seretide) with a DuoVent inhaler for topical relief. I messed around with steroid dosages for a while until I established a minimum control dosage and I now stick to it.
What to expect: Attacks normally occur during the initial part of the ride - cold weather is worse - and will then gradually normalize if you keep going slowly. You can aleviate symptoms with an inhaler, but inhalers on their own will not be enough in normal EIA cases. Once the symptoms disappear, they will stay away for the rest of the ride unless you do some extreme level efforts - when they might recur briefly.
If you go on a control steroid, DO NOT REDUCE DOSAGE when the symptoms disappear - they will come back for sure. Get used to the hassle and expense of taking the steroids.
BTW - I'm 46 and still ride and race competitively.
Do some readingSadlebred
May 28, 2003 5:20 AM
If you are not seeing a specialist, I would highly suggest it. Asthma/allergists or pulmonologists are able to help you more with EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma) than your primary care physician/family doctor. There are good treatments available that can help prevent attacks and "rescue meds" for when you have an attack.

One of the best things that has been said is to make sure that you get a proper warm up. For those with EIA, it can be hard to "jump right in" and hammer. Arrive at the ride early, spin around fof 10-15 minutes, and then go out with the group. Cold weather and extremely hot weather (especially if you live in a city where smog and pollution are problems) can make EIA worse. On some days, you may have to scale back your workout or not go as hard as you planned if you cannot breathe.

Always carry your rescue medications. Remember that asthma is controlable but can also kill. If you feel that your life is in danger, don't hesitate to call 911.
plain ole asthma here..._rt_
May 28, 2003 7:11 AM
i've probably had it since i was a kid but it was not diagnosed until about a year ago (i'm 36 now). i thought it was exercise induced because that is the only time i notice it: it feels like i'm breating through a coffee stirrer and knives. but after being tested they told me that in fact i'm asmatic all the time. i just don't notice it! one of the benefits of being fit! ;-)

it's much worse for me when it's cold out (under about 40*F), when i'm not as fit (worse in winter than summer), when the air quality is bad, and when i'm stressed.

like some of the others mentioned, i take Advair 2x/day to prevent/control attacks, plus i take Intal & albuterol pre-exercise, & albuterol as needed for attacks.

unfortunately, i have not been as lucky as others and the Advair + everything else does not prevent asthma attacks. however, if i control my breathing when an asthma attack starts (cant always take my hands off the bars to get my inhaler) i can usually ride through it.

warm-up & cool down helps, but i find that controlling my breathing helps the most. remembering to breath from my diaphragm, and to breath more slowly (to avoid hyperventilating).

definitely, don't let asthma stop you from riding!

rt
re: Exercise Induced AsthmaHeron Todd
May 28, 2003 7:45 AM
I've had asthma all my life, but it wasn't until a race about 10 years ago that I figured out that it was exercise-induced (I also have allergy-induced asthma and chronic asthma). I got dropped big time and was breathing hard. It felt just like riding a time trial, but I was only going 14 mph or so. When I pulled off of the course, I kept on breathing hard and couldn't recover.

The other posters have some good recommendations. Definitely see a specialist! My GP didn't have a clue. I had to tell HIM what to prescribe! Warm up slowly and don't go hard until you are fully warmed up. Sometimes this takes me 30 minutes. I always keep an inhaler with me in case of a severe attack, but I can mostly prevent attacks with the right meds and preparation.

There are also some excellent books on asthma available that will tell you how to reduce or eliminate your reliance on medication. One is by Paul Sorvino (yes, the actor), and another is by the doctor who helped him with his asthma.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
http://www.tullios.com

EIA - since I was 2Fender
May 28, 2003 8:41 AM
I had my first asthma attack when I was 2 years old, I'm now 22. I won't get into my whole "dealing with asthma saga" but I will point out a few recommendations that have helped me deal with it.

- take your allergy medications. Pollen, dust, mold, smog, etc. are the main culprits of attacks.
- when sick with a cold or cough, stay of the bike until it has fully gone away, i.e. no sore throat, stuffy nose, etc. then wait an additional day or two. It's better to wait then end up in the ER and hooked up to a nebulizer that makes you feel like your on crack for two weeks!
- Warm up properly as well as cooling down. On hot days, resist the tempation to drink ice cold water immediately after the ride. Warm tea helps on cold days after the ride.
Also, wait 20-30 minutes after riding before showering.
- If it's dusty and windy where you live, skip the ride on that day.
- Keep a clean house.
- See a specialist. If you live in San Diego I can recommend one I used to visit.

Having learned to deal with asthma has allowed me to go from taking Servante (4 puffs, 2x day), Venceril (2 puffs 2x day), Ventolin (as needed) and Claritin (1x day) from when I was 15-18 to my current health situation of Ventolin as needed (haven't bought an inhalier in over a year) and the same with Clariten. Allergies improved when I moved to S.F.

I am a cat 4 racer, looking to upgrade to the 3's by the end of the season.
Take care