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Hey all,

I have minor asthma and use Flovent and it kind of keeps things in check, but never really seems to snuff out the symptoms. When I am symptom free, I seem to notice an improvement (duh!) in my cycling performance.

Any ideas on what I can talk to my doc about, med-wise? Just kind of want to take the treatment to another level, I guess.

Thanks, JG
 

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JAG MN said:
Hey all,

I have minor asthma and use Flovent and it kind of keeps things in check, but never really seems to snuff out the symptoms. When I am symptom free, I seem to notice an improvement (duh!) in my cycling performance.

Any ideas on what I can talk to my doc about, med-wise? Just kind of want to take the treatment to another level, I guess.

Thanks, JG
so zyrtec or clairitin and claritin-d don't work for u?
 

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Previously, I was using a combo of Flovent/Serevent for moderate-to-severe asthma symptoms...

now I use Advair...been symptom-free for several years since having it prescribed.

oh, and someone will probably be along shortly to caution you about not using Advair.

so, just talk to your resp specialist and see what he recommends.
 

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i use my proventil prior to racing. keeps my lungs from seizing up when the weather is colder. i forgot to use it at cyclocross nationals and really struggled with my breathing during that race. during the middle of the summer my lungs seems better and i just carry my inhaler in case i need it.
 

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you may want to try some generic mucinex 30-45mins prior to racing. it will loosen things up a bit.
 

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It kind of depends on if you have allergies or activity that causes it. I pretty much have both. Personally I use two medications: Proair and Veramyst. I use the Veramyst once a day to help allergies and Ill use my Proair inhaler about 15 minutes before I get on the bike and when I need to. I do a nice easy warmup and I'm good for as long as I'm on my bike (which can be up to 4 hours at times.)

I highly recomend that you go to a doctor instead of relying on the internet for this one. Asthma is something that varies so much that one med that works perfect for one person will fail for another. I sugest that you find a good asthma specialist and they will be able to help you so much more. You'll see many improvments in no time. They will probably give you a couple of different inhalers to try out and figure out which one works the best for you.
 

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I have pretty bad asthma and I had to quit non-competitive level Muay Thai because of it. A visit to the doctor had me find out that my exhaling strength was less-than-half or a regular person's. I used to have the typical inhaler because I really found it near-useless and hated relying on it (not because of esteem issues, jsut hated it).

I heavily recommend staying on top of breathing exercises because when that inhaler's not around....Slower breathing when cycling can help . It'll keep you from having an "exploding start" when you just get on the saddle - which leads to early and terrible exhaustion. As the ride goes on, you'll comfortably increase tempo when you get your breathing and cadence rythm gets going. Obviously, you're not going to see improvement overnight. As you get better with it, performance will improve.

I forgot which magazine it was (Bicycling Plus maybe?), but there's an article about a study on the efficiency of low-cadence. Basic conclusion of the study was that it would be very efficient when at a cruising pace (in respect to avid riding). I found it interesting because before I read that article, I was already under that exact impression. Hit up a bookstore and head to the magazine section.
 

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I have really bad asthma and only use the albuterol inhaler. I've tried some of the maintance inhalers that prevent the symptoms from flairing up, but never had much luck with those.

I control mine by cutting out all dairy foods, vinegar and wines.

I get breathing exercise from playing the saxophone, the more I practice everyday and play the stronger my lungs. I once blew a 200% normal lung function test at my asthma doctors check up, I was practicing the sax for about 6 hours a day during that period.

Keep the fat off your core, get a swissball and some medicine balls and really work on core stength to improve the diaphram function.

Get rid of any pets you might have and limit your exposure to them if you can't completely eliminate the need to be around them. Get an airpurifier will help with this as well.

If I didn't do these things I'd be reaching for the inhaler several times a day.

All drugs have side effects. I prefer to keep as many of them out of my system as possible.
 

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Breath and core work will help a lot. If you can control your asthma then you can just bike normally and your lungs will grow stronger by the day. My lung capacity went up in leaps and bounds since I got back on my bike. I think I was up 120% from before.
 

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Flovent + Singular

I JUST went to my allergist yesterday to gear up for this season, so it's fresh in my mind.

I am not a doctor--this is my lay, but informed, experience. I have had allergy induced asthma for about 15 years, worst from March (trees) to July (grasses) each year.

What works for me is 110mcg Flovent 2 puff morning 2 puffs evening + 10mg Singular/day. The flovent takes about a month to start working (so be patient), but once it starts working, it's great. It's my understanding taht the Singular acts as a "booster" in conjunction with the flovent to prevent asthma. I use a rescue inhaler on an as needed basis.

In the past, I ignorantly made the error of just relying on the rescue inhaler. My doctor later informed me that that was stupid of me b/c it can lead to scarring on the lungs.

So, maybe give flovent and singular a try.

Oh yeah, and for your gratuitous edification, here's my arm after they stuck me to test my what I'm allergic to.:cryin:
 
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