Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Asthma

I had no breathing problems during the Ravenswood Run on Sunday, but I started coughing and wheezing later that day, and that lasted on into Monday. So although my breathing wasn't as bad as usual during and after the race, it still wasn't fun.

After about a month of breathing problems, I finally was able to make an appointment and see my doctor. And I now have an answer to all of my breathing problems. That's right. It turns out that I have asthma.

My doctor thinks that my regular allergies haven't been helping matters, so I can't occasionally skip a day of my regular allergy medication anymore. In fact, she said that it is possible that a lot of my coughing and congestion that I've always assumed were due to allergies may have actually been related to asthma. She gave me a prescription for an inhaler, which I tried out last night before an easy run.

My new best friend.
Although it was strange using the inhaler last night, I had no problems during or after my run. In fact, I felt as though I could take a full breath for the first time in a long time. The real test will be this weekend's long run, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Hopefully, this will continue working and I won't feel as though I'm suffocating during every run anymore. It is nice knowing what is wrong and knowing that there is a way to fix it.

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