Out of breath!

  • kalowika

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    Jul 02, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    Okay I've been distance running for a few years- but the last couple years I've been struggling with my breathing. It started last summer, the summer previous I was able to run 10k five days a week, but all of a sudden I was getting winded in the first mile and not able to catch my breathe without stopping. I've been to several doctors and all they suggested was sports asthma but the inhaler made it worse not better. Does anyone have any advice or ideas I could try so I can get back to training?
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    Jul 03, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    Exercise induced asthma is pretty common, and there's a few drugs your doc can prescribe for it so if one doesn't work, try another. Also, at least for me, I know that humidity kills my ability to take a deep, proper breath so I need s dry environment. See if running on a treadmill helps, or maybe another form of cardio. What eventually worked for me was changing my workout time to when the gym (at least the cardio area) is empty and finding the treadmill closest to the air conditioner....then i discovered that the second floor of my gym be the racquetball area had the lest humidity so i use the treadmills there.
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    Jul 03, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    AussieBody saidI'd recommend you see an Exercise Scientist/Physiologist if the doctors have had no joy- contact WMU as they have a pretty good program and should be able to offer some qualified advice.

    During my undergrad we were usually able to help a lot of athletes who had problems the doctors knew nothing about. But to offer advice on here, well, we'd need a lot mroe information about you.

    Another idea is to analyse your diet since the breathing difficulties started- you may have grown intolerant to an additive or something else you are used to enjoying.


    I see you are from Kalamazoo. I lived there for several years and I have had the same problem you are experiencing. I went to WMU as AussieBody suggested and they did a great job at diagnosing and fixing the problem
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 03, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    Don't listen to them. You need immediate medical attention. Short of breath means short on being alive. Go to a Doctor!
  • kalowika

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    Jul 04, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    thanks for the input guys.