All went well. Which means, my doctor concurred with my diagnosis and only had one recommendation to add to my drug therapy.
I do have excerised induced asthma. Symptoms during or following exercise include the following:
Chest tightness or pain
Shortness of breath
Underperformance or poor performance on the field of play
Prolonged recovery time
Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort
I seem to have what is termed, the “late response”. This phase occurs 3-9 hours after the initial exercise challenge, and unlike the refractory phase, the late phase manifests as an increase in symptoms, with cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
I have used the albuterol inhaler, but during the Slim Pickins run in November, I was not getting any relief with just the albuterol.
So I am going to try Singulair, an oral medication, which will help with the inflammatory response, and Advair, which has two components, which helps with the inflammatory response and also the bronchodilation.
I have to like my doctor. After her initial headshaking about my running, she mentioned me getting the Advair in a MDI form (inhaler) instead of the diskus, because I might want to carry it during my next 100…because it is dosed twice a day, and I will probably need doses 2 and 3 during Rocky!
I am also not going to take these drugs daily. I’m going to take them a few days before a planned long run, and continue a few days afterwards, and see if that helps. So my first long “test” run will be this Sunday.
I posted my asthma plight on the Ultra List, and have gotten some insightful (and scary!) tales of others who have the same situation. I’m not alone out there!