So, as some of you may know, I am running a 5k this Saturday.
I used to run cross country in high school, and all throughout my career I always felt like my lungs were the limiting factor. I could run for miles at great speed with my legs, but my lungs could not keep up. The same was true in a 6 minute wrestling match - I’d be struggling to breathe!
I was talking to a co-worker about this recently and he expressed amusement at this - most people he talked to, and I talked to for that matter, expressed the opposite; their lungs were fine, their muscles gave out.
Just a couple studied I viewed that looked interesting.
Yeah, I know I could go to a doctor, but I’ve lived with it all my life and haven’t needed to - I hesitate to get anything looked at unless I absolutely need to. Pig headed, I know. Save the lecture for when I’m dead
I was also wondering if anyone here has been diagnosed with this and how they would describe it.
Where do you feel the constriction? Is it in your upper chest and neck? Or in your lungs? If it’s high, it may be Vocal Cord Dysfunction. That’s a condition where the vocal cords swell up and block the airway during exertion.
You should probably go to the doctor to get this diagnosed. The two problems can seem similar but have very different treatments. You’ll probably need to look around to find a doctor who has experience with these conditions. Most doctors won’t be familiar and will treat it as normal asthma. If you have VCD, that’s the exact opposite of what you need to do. Asthma treatments can irritate the vocal cords and may make the condition worse.
I can’t believe that exercise induced asthma is not well known. Its what I have. I can’t find numbers but my guess would be that the majority of asthma sufferers suffer only from exercise induced asthma.
A hit from my inhaler previous to exercise almost always prevents it.
My son had exercise-induced asthma. He’d get mild symptoms during soccer games. He also had reactive airway, which is a mild form of asthma that only appeared when he had a respiratory infection. He was prescribed albuterol and steroid inhalers to use before warming up for a game and as needed.
I used to have trouble breathing playing hockey (esp in cold weather) when I was younger. I used an albuterol inhaler before skating, and that helped a lot. I continued to use an inhaler before games through the end of college. My current men’s league games generally aren’t strenuous enough for me to have any issues.
I’ve never had any asthma-like symptoms outside of those conditions.
I may have this too - I build up running endurance very slowly, much more slowly than the “couch to 5k” program would do for example, and lose it very quickly. I gradually went from brisk walks to being about to run for about a 5K duration of distance at a lower speed, like 6 MPH, or faster speeds (like 8 MPH) for shorter distances before having to “walk it off”. It took me several months and I gave it all back after being laid up for 3 months with a broken foot.
I was also born 2 months prematurely, though, so one doctor I’ve seen about it (who gave me a possible diagnosis of EIA and prescribed me an inhaler to use 10 minutes before exercise) said it could be that I just have underdeveloped lungs and that’s that.
It doesn’t seem out of the norm to me for a casual exerciser to become deconditioned after 3 months of inactivity. Very well-trained athletes might not be completely deconditioned by that point, but a normal person who works out a few times a week would be.
If you wanted to investigate this further though you might want to ask your doctor to set up spirometry testing to evaluate how well your lungs are functioning.