I feel your pain

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, asthma advocacy, Asthma Support Group, blogging, COPD Awareness, Dyspnea, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well I can tell you that you’re not […]

Self Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Dyspnea, FEV1, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Walking

Always curious about things, earlier this week I did a series of FEV1 measurements on myself. I wanted to see if my dyspnea(shortness of breath)which waxes and wanes throughout the day, would correlate with my FEV1 readings. I took the first reading early in the morning when my breathing is at its best. I blew […]

12 month Update

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma and travel, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Dyspnea, Nebulizer treatments, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

It’s almost 2013 and I just realized I really haven’t posted a breathing status update in almost a year. Probably the biggest change that I’m noticing, is that my dyspnea is getting more pronounced and more constant. Where I used get 8 or so “good” breathing hours a day, I’m down now to less than […]

It’s been a rough couple of months

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, blogging, Boston Marathon, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Marathons, Recovering from severe asthma attack

October has traditionally been a bad month for my asthma (and I’m sure I’m not alone on that), but this is the first time Ive been sick for most of September as well. No doubt about it… this has been a humdinger of a flare. Ive been out of the hospital for an entire month […]

Annual Asthma Report Card

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Medications, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, lung disease and exercise, Opiates, Shortness of Breath

It’s been almost a year since Ive updated my asthma status. Here’s the latest report card. For the year, I give myself a C + In general my lung function has only declined a couple percent which is good. The problem of course, is that when you’re down in the lower ranges like I am, […]

A physicians perspective on dysnea and opiates

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Dyspnea, Shortness of Breath

The Happy Hospitalist must have read the last post I published regarding dyspnea and opiates, because he just wrote an article about it. I don’t know how many physicians actually read my stuff, but I’m totally flattered that someone would find one of my stories interesting enough for them to expand on it and write […]

Opiates, Dyspnea and Me

Posted on 12 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Medications, COPD, Dyspnea, Opiates, Shortness of Breath

No longer just reserved for severe pain control or to relieve end of life suffering, today a growing number of people with severe lung disease are using opiate medications to help quell their severe dyspnea . Well, you can now add to that list, a certain quirky little asthmatic marathon walker, by the name of […]

Darn Dyspnea Dilemma

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, COPD, Shortness of Breath

……………….Try saying that 5 times really fast. Before reading this post, you might find it useful to read the first two of paragraphs in the “Rick over at the Respiratory Therapy Cave, does a great job of explaining how asthma can sometimes turn into COPD. *************************** On Thursday I had my first appointment at this […]

The nights are the worse.

Posted on 17 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Peak Flows, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Ever notice the time stamp on many of my blog entries? I usually compose and publish them in the early morning hours…sometimes way before dawn. You know why? Because I’m usually awake at 3 or 4 in the morning. And why am I up that early? Because Ive usually had a bad night of breathing […]