Have you ever wondered what it is like to suffer from Asthma? It is terrifying, induces panic and leaves you totally out of control. Often an asthma attack strikes without warning. I should know because, for the last 20 years of my life, Asthma has been a part of who I am.
Stress, upper respiratory infections, and exercise are my main trigger for my asthma attacks. Sometimes it is simple shortness of breath, other times it is a coughing spell that just intensifies moment by moment.
Of course, there have been hospitalizations, and attacks so severe that even once the attack is done I am left without a voice. The harsh coughing is the devil’s gift left behind, a strict reminder that my Asthma is not being controlled. Lavishly live life out loud again and use my tips for taking control of your asthma, like I have!
Tips For Taking Control Of Your Asthma
My tips are what I used to get in control of my asthma. Let me give you a little background on personal flare-ups.
No matter where I go, or what I do I have an inhaler with me because there is nothing worse than not having your breath. My attacks happen differently each time. Panic makes them worse.
Often I carry around a weight on my chest, it might be compared to an elephant crushing my chest. It hurts. There is pain. I can not talk because I more ‘squeak’.
In fact, the crushing pressure in my chest is causing me to repetitively, progressively cough more and more. I can’t get air in, and nothing feels like it is going out.
Other times I am awoken from a night of sleep, I think I am dreaming but I am actually awake. I grab my rescue inhaler and pray that I have put it back since the last attack. My sleep cycle is broken, I am irritated, tired and wheezing.
Once I capture my breath and regain composure, I stare at the ceiling. This was the life I used to live in until I became the boss of my asthma attacks.
Truth About Asthma
Asthma presents in varying forms for those suffering from it and in fact, even when a trigger is identified it does not mean you are controlling it. Do you want to hike, bike, fish, exercise, be outdoors, climb, take cruises, sail? Don’t let life stop!
Tips Before You Can Control Your Asthma
First and foremost, you have to want to take control of your asthma. Once you are beyond this hurdle, you are ready to begin. Learning plays a crucial role on how to eventually learn to become the boss of your asthma. If you have ever heard the phrase that ‘education is power’ it is true.
Assuming you have learned about your asthma, educated yourself, it is now time to really have a serious discussion with you Dr. As your doctor about their perspective on asthma. Doctors have education about asthma and are your go-to source. When on doctor can not help you they can refer you to a specialist. Ask your doctor for help and speak up for yourself.
Explaining to your doctor that your asthma is bothering your lifestyle is key to being the boss of your asthma. Why live with a continual ‘ticky’ cough, discuss it. Don’t be winded, ask how you can get in control. Do not let asthma own your day, seize its symptoms by speaking with your doctor.
Once you speak up and speak out and ask for help, you are then taking control of your asthma.
Be The Boss Of Your Asthma
Owning your doctor appointment! One visit to the website and your on the road to taking ownership of that Asthma that is taking away from your vibrant days. I never let it stop me. I control my life, and when asthma starts to control it, I turn on it.
I’ve been hospitalized and now I have it managed by a pulmonologist and allergist. Take charge, and keep your life moving forward. ~ DANA