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If it's not asthma what else could it be?

Posted: Today at 20:00

So to give a comment that isn't just berating the poster....

For reference I am a Paramedic so obviously not the same quality as a Dr, but I will at least give you some ideas of the things that could possibly be wrong. However I would prefix this by saying that without direct examination I can only give very general advice and would recommend a further visit to the Doctor and if you aren't happy with what has been done ask to see another one.

So breathing problems generally have two sources lungs or heart. GPs have in recent years been very keen to give out inhalers in lieu of a diagnosis of asthma. Often the blue inhaler is given and if there are further problems others are added as a preventative medication to be taken every day.

An asthma attack will usually leave you with a heavy/tight chest you will likely develop a wheeze on breathing out and mucous production will increase. This can be caused by a number of things, cold, hot, pollen, pollution, exercise and a number of stimulating factors. If you get no relief from a blue asthma pump it probably isn't an asthma attack because the drug should open up the narrowed airways.

A similar condition called COPD is usually related to smoking, but could be down to industrial inhalations. So if you have worked in areas with lots of industrial dust or chemicals that might be relevant. It would be unusual at your age.

Chest infections and allergic reactions could also cause some tightness and shortness of breath. There are a few other possibilities but these are some of the most common.

The heart pumps the blood that the lungs oxygenates and so if the heart doesn't work properly the blood cannot oxygenate the organs and body properly, your heart will have to pump faster and you breathing rate will go up. In short you will feel dead tired and out of breath. Again there are a number of reasons why you might get this issue and it does sound like you have had a number of tests to rule these out. I'm not going to go into all the whys and where-fores on this, but I'd say the Dr likely has all these things covered.

The idea about anaemia above is not bad, a simple blood test would give the answer to that and your GP could sort that. Consider the iron levels in your diet and have a look inside your lower lip and eyelids - if they look pale anaemia is a possibility. If you don't get enough red meat or other iron rich foods then again that may be possible. There are other blood conditions that might cause similar but again this is getting to essay length already.

Don't rule out basic stress and lack of fitness, but feeling like an 80 year old suggest your fitness must be very poor. If you are to start exercising do it slowly and again ask for the Dr's advice.

Good luck with it all


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:15

Go see a proper running specialist/physio. It'll cost you, but Doctors have a habit of telling people that running is bad for you.

If you go to a specialist and they agree then yeah ok you might have to ditch the trainers for a bicycle or other, but always get a second opinion when someone says your running days are over!

8 hours to convince someone NOT to buy a £99 bike

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:27

You get what you pay for I'm afraid. Halfords bikes are covered in cheap parts that work poorly and fail often. The one I had purely for commuting ended up having another £150+ spent on it after the event just to keep it on the road. A complete false economy.

She should spend what she can if she wants to get properly into it.

First Running Watch - needs to work near high rise buildings...

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:22

Yeah, that area is particularly bad. I ran a charity 10k round there and it was horrendous for my GPS. As said above, one that connects with a foot pod may help.

I prefer the nike watch to the Garmin personally, but I know I'll be in the minority.

How to train when you work shifts?

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:36

I trained for my first Marathon last year while working shifts on ambulances, much like yourself this is very variable from week to week and it is nigh on impossible to do a decent run after a long day/night.

I gave myself a target of an average 3 or 4 runs a week then made a running plan accordingly. I built in some flexibility to allow me to move things around if I was particularly worn out and this helped.

Some weeks a ran loads others maybe just once or twice....

Lower shin pain ?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 11:33

I had some excellent help with shin splints that cured them in a week from a physio and it had nothing to do with what you have mentioned flob.

Minor injury assessment and treatment is often far more complex than people imagine.

Shin Splints - Will I make it to VMLM start?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:18

Have you seen someone about it? I had immense shin splints all of a sudden during training last year.

Basically it transpired that my feet had a weakness that made me pronate after about 8 miles. This meant that I was using different muscles and tendons in my lower legs which then caused me massive pain.

Short term instant fix? Sport orthotics!

Long term, foot strengthening exercises....

Best half marathon 2014

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:10

Ealing HM, pretty tough in places - lots of gradual hills, but a well organised event and one they don't over subscribe (my usual issue with races)

The route is not spectacular, but it's a good challenging run at a decent price.

On the opposite side I'd avoid run to the beat. I have not personally had any issues, but many others have including last year a bottle neck that destroyed some people's times. It is also very expensive...

Lower shin pain ?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:01

Get the physio appointment now. Too close to the VLM to take the chance. If nothing else they can give you a good massage and loosen everything up!

Tight Achilles

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 13:21

No worries mate.

The annoying thing about it is that it will feel fine for most of the day. In fact mine is only there for a few minutes in the morning. I just know that if I run I'll make it worse.

Good luck with it.

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