In this entry, I would like to comment on how the fact that asthma is such a common disease can in some cases lead to individuals being told they have "asthma," yet on detailed review with specialized tests, are found not to have asthma. I know that this can sound a little confusing: "My doctor told me I have asthma and I am taking asthma medicines." So what's up?
Common symptoms, common diagnosis I recently heard from a friend about his wife's difficulty with her asthma. Since she had a bad cold late in the fall, she has been needing nebulizers on a daily basis. Apart from a little exercise and cold-induced asthma when she was younger, she had not had any breathing difficulties until recently. She also hadn't felt much better during a course of prednisone (a steroid pill) -- this is unusual for a person with asthma. I set her up to see me in clinic on my next available slot. Even though she was still feeling some shortness of breath, she did not report any wheeze, and her breathing t...
Last time we talked about pursed lip breathing for COPD - what it is, and why it helps when you're short of breath (SOB). Today we're going to go a step further and learn about diaphragmatic - also called belly, or abdominal - breathing. Remember that some of these techniques can be used with other pulmonary disorders as well, but as always, check with your doctor or respiratory health care professional before starting to use any new technique or exercise. Now, I'll tell you right up front - this is kind of technical, but just stick with me here because doing diaphragmatic breathing (and doing it correctly) can mean the difference between huffing and puffing and struggling your way through each day, or being in control of your breathing as you do the things you want to do. First of all, let's review why we're even talking about learning how to breathe in the first place. You might be thinking, "I've been breathing since the moment I cam...
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