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Old 10-28-2013, 07:02 AM   #1
David Barnes Langston Jr
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Lung function

I've been doing CF for over a year and I have really increased my endurance and strength. I notice that I gasp a lot more than others I work out with, and they notice it too. I've always had a hard time with this. I almost failed a spirometry test once a couple of years ago when I was getting fitted for a safety mask. I wonder if I have some sort of condition. I have never smoked anything, not once. I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis when I was younger, and I used to have attacks. Maybe it is asthma? My son has exercise-induced asthma and really has a hard time. I guess I could see a pulmonary specialist but I hate getting checked out for these things. Any ideas or experiences?
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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Re: Lung function

Based on your post, it looks like it could be a number of things that we could all guess at. But your best bet (which it looks like you're already leaning toward) is going to a doc and having them check you out.

I have asthma myself, and I just have to make sure I keep an inhaler in my bag with me, and just try to make sure and pace myself during wods.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:03 AM   #3
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Re: Lung function

I don't have asthma either, but grew up with chronic bronchitis (I still remember my mother giving me nebulizer treatments WHILE smoking a cigarette). I don't need an inhaler now, but my lungs definitely seem to have to work harder than others. I have trouble getting enough wind, especially when running. I don't let it stop me but it is a big fat PITA. I just deal with it. I have gone to the doc before and he said that they could give me an inhaler and said it is more along the lines of exercise induced asthma, but mine hasn't been so bad that I feel I need to go that route. I'm convinced I have scar tissue or something on my lungs from being constantly ill as a child.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: Lung function

I had a rib injury years ago that never got seen to properly. It meant my rib cage stopped moving & I was always gasping. Since it was fixed, been great. Common rugby injury, the physio says from impacts to the ribs.

Best get it checked out, if it's physical, fixing it will make life easier.
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