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Leon Lebowitz, RRT posted a new activity comment 21 hours, 42 minutes ago

Hi Shellzoo and thanks for this post. I guess it can happen to the best of us. We forget that the symptoms ‘could’ be our asthma. Amazing!! Glad you were able to recognize and treat this! Leon (site moderator)

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Shellzoo posted an update 22 hours, 22 minutes ago

Woke up feeling exhausted. Had a little cough but mostly tired and cranky. Got to work and still cranky. Walked a flight of stairs and complained about how out of breath they made me. Then I realized maybe the cough, feeling irritable and so tired was asthma. Used my Ventolin and felt better within a few minutes. I think because I woke up…

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SamuelTaylor commented on the post, Relationships with Asthma 4 days, 5 hours ago

Hi robbym,

Thank you for the input. I’m glad that you resonated with the article. It’s true, that asthma can alienate us. That’s why I feel like a community like this one is so special; connecting us through the thing that usually alienates us. I hope to hear more from you in the future.

-Samuel, community moderator

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Leon Lebowitz, RRT commented on the post, Differences Between Asthma and COPD 4 days, 8 hours ago

Hi sashabear and thanks for your comments in response to John’s article. Although I cannot presume to answer for John (and I’m sure he will comment once he sees yours), the prevailing thought when it comes to asthma is that, between attacks, one should be considered to be ‘symptom free’. We understand that for many people with asthma, they do not…

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Sumra Alvi commented on the post, Differences Between Asthma and COPD 4 days, 10 hours ago

Hi sashabear, I hear you and can understand why that sentence in particular really diminishes the daily impact of asthma! Do you want to talk to me more about how your asthma has impacted your social life? I know you must be feeling frustrated so please feel free to share more with me if you want to. Really appreciate your feedback on this piece,…

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Sumra Alvi commented a story 4 days, 10 hours ago

Hey Sean! I’m glad that you read this story and thank you for being so open in sharing your life experiences with us. We’re starting to have more conversations about asthma and trauma and it’s something that hasn’t really been talked about elsewhere. You’re totally right about finding a doctor that listens to you, you deserve a healthcare team…

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Shellzoo commented on the post, Asthma Subgroups: Geriatric Asthma 4 days, 21 hours ago

Well, in my 20s, I had a provider suspect I might have asthma after I reported a 2 day wheezing episode following a move when I was cleaning some dusty areas of my old home. I shrugged it off, turned down the rescue inhaler that was offered and figured since I felt great otherwise I had no problems. I was young and I felt fit. I suspect each…

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John Bottrell, RRT commented on the post, Asthma Subgroups: Geriatric Asthma 4 days, 22 hours ago

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I think it’s very important for people (maybe people over the age of 40) not to assume symptoms are due to aging or being out of shape. It’s best to see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis — or you may also get the “all clear.” The more I study about lung and heart diseases, the more true I think #6 is. Hope…

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Shellzoo commented on the post, Asthma Subgroups: Geriatric Asthma 4 days, 22 hours ago

Great article. I wonder if the reduced lung capacity related to aging plays a factor in geriatric asthma often being more severe. Also while I am not over 65, I was diagnosed after age 50. Even though I was familiar with and understood the signs and symptoms of asthma,I never thought I had it. I thought I was short of breath because I was…

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Leon Lebowitz, RRT commented on the post, Relationships with Asthma 5 days, 8 hours ago

Hi again, robbym, and thanks for joining in this conversation related to the article by our own Samuel Taylor. I hadn’t seen you post in a while – glad that you’ve chimed in. When you have an opportunity, please look over Sumra’s reply – do you have any thoughts? Leon (site moderator)