Do I have any company when it comes to having exercise-induced asthma or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction?
It doesn't always happen to me, but cold weather and vigorous exercise — say, a brisk run — usually spell an asthma attack for me. I learned that the hard way a couple of years ago when I started out the year determined to make good on a New Year's Resolution to get in shape by jogging.
But I've had problems before even when the weather wasn't cold. At the time I didn't know what exercise-induced asthma was or that I had it. I just knew that sometimes if I ran or jogged or did any sort of really brisk, vigorous exercise, I would feel my lungs tighten up and start coughing.
AAFA recently did a blog post about how don't always mix well. And there's an info page about as well.
I talked to my doctor — who also has exercise-induced asthma — and she gave me a pre-treatment plan. If I want to impersonate Chariots of Fire or an Olympic runner, I need to pre-treat with my asthma inhaler first. And before I start off on any sort of exercise, I make sure I have my inhaler close by.
Have you ever experienced exercise-induced asthma? What has your doctor advised?