5.13.2008

Can't deny it any longer...

I believe that I am no longer merely an "exercise-induced" asthmatic.  I think I am a true asthmatic...or at the very least EIA and allergy-induced.  For about the past month my breathing has been a struggle...I thought it was just from that cold I had a month ago.  But it's been a good 3 weeks since the virus was out of my system and I still feel like my lungs are heavy and constricted...and the coughing.  The nasal steroid spray and Allegra oral meds have done a lot to control my nasal allergies, but I'm still having to hit the albuterol at least once/day...every day.  Not just pre-run for the EIA.

I'm kicking myself for not having made an appt. with my PCP back when I had that cold and was struggling with my lung function.  Had I done so my race this past weekend would likely have had a very different outcome...I almost certainly would have gone sub 2:30 and had a fantastic race experience, instead of gutting it out and hitting the inhaler 3x in 2:36.

So tomorrow AM I am in to see my doc.  My online MD buddy has strongly recommended that I ask about Prednisone to combat this current attack (which is definitely the worst breathing issues I have ever encountered...or at the least the longest duration of lung struggles) and to start an inhaled steroid for the long-term.  My mom has had to go on a steroid regimen for her own asthma treatment and has had success with this, so I am very hopeful.

I'm really crossing my fingers that getting this stuff under control will make for a breakthrough of sorts in my running.  My mileage has increased in recent months to peak distances and my body feels strong--but I've not seen the increase in speed that I had hoped for.  I'm sure part of this is due to an inability to do much in the way of speed work.  I can run slow for hours, but trying to go fast with the lung funk has not been possible.  I really look forward to being able to train to the best of my ability and not have my breathing be the limiting factor.  At least I am finally tackling this beast a few weeks before marathon training starts up.  I want to be strong and at my best for those 18 weeks.

2 comments:

  1. I hope they can get your asthma under control Zoomy to help out your running. Your overall health first though. Always something, isn't it? Sigh.

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  2. Man, it really does seem like it is "always something," doesn't it? I wonder if my body feeling so strong has anything to do with my lungs preventing me from overdoing it...maybe it's a blessing in disguise? It really stinks when parts of our body don't want to cooperate and let us continue doing what is GOOD for us...like lungs and legs... ;)

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