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24 April 2004 @ 10:37 am
When I was diagnosed a few months ago, the doctor explained something to me that I'd never understood. When I have an asthma attack (which is thankfully rare!), it feels like I can't breathe in, so I'm always trying to gasp for breath. What he explained to me (Dr. Gonchar @ the Polyclinic, and I highly recommend him for gen prac) was that the trouble is that my lungs aren't expelling all of the breath, so there's not as much room to fill my lungs when I next breathe in.

Since then, when I start getting that tightness and panicky trouble of taking full breaths, I've been focusing on breathing out hard, putting all my effort into expelling what's in my lungs. I also exaggerate breathing out during my entire workout at the gym to practice, if you will.

It helps. A lot. And I think doing this over the last several months has made something stronger in there that wasn't before, because I've been experiencing less and less trouble.

So, does this work for just me? I know some of you have asthma of varying severity. I'd be interested in hearing if you do the same, and if it helps.
Stray Catocicat on April 24th, 2004 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I also don't have attacks very often, but when I do I just sit and breath - concentrating on getting everything out that I can. It kinda makes a scary rattle sound sometimes. But it works. I'm too stubborn to use an inhaler or other medication, and if I do the right things I don't really need them.
Kburgunder on April 24th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
You have a sound, too!

I have a click, almost like I'm having to breathe open a hole in a mucus barrier or something (that's my best armchair guess). I have yet to demonstrate this to a health professional because one deep breath will accomplish the click and then it won't come back until I've been breathing shallowly again for awhile.
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erischilderischild on April 24th, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC)
You are doing good by bringing your awareness into the area. My mother has been taking a suppliment called "breeze free" which is based on cherry bark, an herb known to alleviate the symptoms of athsma.
Toning your breathing with attention, and especially some of the yoga-ish techniques will strengthin your breathing muscles, and improve your control over them when you need to, eg, during an attack.

On top of all these remedies, I still reccomend that you take your inhaler, if you have one, wherever you go. We are not cave people, and an asphyxiated herbal-vegan hippy is still dead.
Staxstaxxy on April 25th, 2004 01:26 am (UTC)
We are not cave people, and an asphyxiated herbal-vegan hippy is still dead.

I just have to comment that this is a brilliant quote.
Kburgunder on April 26th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
1. I love how quoteable you are (see also what Staxxy said)
2. Thank you for the recommendations and the advice
3. Wanna go on a double date with my new boy and I? I gave him the quote this morning and he used to work with your boy and didn't know about you so I gave him the run down and we are thinking dorky double dateness sounds like fun.
4. Plus I should call you and kidnap you soon, I think I'm up for some Delta time, damnit!
erischilderischild on April 26th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
I would love to go on a double date with you and your boy. and kidnapping. and stuff. Oh, I meant to ask you, do you lift weights regularly? I keep meaning to do that, but usually get sucked into the pool first. umm....ya
Kburgunder on April 26th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yup - I do MWF except sometimes I do SuWF instead. My time wildly varies, though - like some days I get up early and go around 9 and today, I'm dyeing my hair right now and then going to the gym - probably around 4 :)

I'll come up with some fascinating double date concept and get back to you - do you have weekend/day nights that you totally can't go right now?