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post in: Lifestyle, News Date:08 Sep 2017, 21:30 views:4926
Laura Finlayson, 38, from Westwood,.J., just couldnt seem to shake her persistent cough. It lingered for months and was so annapolis violent that she ended up in the emergency room with bruised ribs.
Then she found out it was asthma, most likely triggered by a bout of pneumonia. She decided to take matters into her own hands. She started training to become a runner, lost 25 pounds, strengthened her lung function, and now has her symptoms almost completely under control.
She has plans to run her second half-marathonjust 10 months after being diagnosed with asthma. In August 2008, I developed a nasty case of pneumonia. I just couldnt seem to get better.
Doctors gave me antibiotics and then even more antibiotics, but they couldnt get the symptoms under control. My coughing was so bad that people in my office were scared of me; one coworker even asked me if I had been checked for tuberculosis. Months passed, and in October, I was still coughing as badly as I had in the summer.
It got so bad that I actually ended up in the emergency room because doctors thought I may have broken my ribs from coughing so hard. It turned out that my ribs were bruised from coughing.
By the beginning of November, I had seen a pulmonologist. He gave me a lung function test and told me my asthma was completely out of control.
My first reaction was, But I dont have asthma! The doctor said, You do now!
He told me that some people can develop asthma after having a bad lung infection. I had never heard of anyone developing asthma as an adult before, so the diagnosis came as a surprise.
So did my first asthma attack. Kids who grew up with it know what it feels like, but for me it came out of nowhere. It felt like my chest was in a vise; the pressure on both sides felt like someone was crushing my chest.
"I was on so many steroids I could be a New York Yankee". My breathing was horrible when I was first diagnosed. I was wheezing so loudly at night, it would wake.