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Control Your Breathing and Control Your Asthma

Updated on December 28, 2010

I have a condition. It's a Vascular condition called Churg Strauss Syndrome, a disease that I have lived with for the past two years now. There have been several conditions that I have lived with over the past few years that I either had before the disease or developed afterward. But the one condition that I have had to live with that may have either been a precursor to the disease or was just something that the disease has made worse over time is Asthma.

I was diagnosed with several different types of asthma conditions over the years, including Sarcoid, Bronchial Asthma, and the last thing COPD. And all the while I have had to use most of the things that are usually associated with having asthma. Puffers which contain Albuterol, and Nebulizers, and I am on Advair for the COPD.

One of the things that I have learned over the past two years has to do with just how closely having an asthma attack has to do with just how we, as asthma patients actually control our breathing. We do not think all that much about how we breath, we usually breath through our noses and exhale through our mouths. But, it's really not as simple as all of that.

In actuality, there is a technique to breathing that most of us do not use, and that is breathing using our diaphragm. The idea here is to try to give our chest muscles a chance to relax, as the chest muscles tend to be over worked due the fact that we tend to just breath incorrectly.  The idea here is to get ourselves used to using our abdominal muscles and our diaphragm to help facilitate proper breathing.

I have had to use this technique and relearn how to breath properly, in order to help stave off sudden asthma attacks that in my case tend to occur due to overexertion. What usually has happened to me is that as I start to have difficulty with my breathing brought on by my overexerting myself, as I have problems breathing, I start to have panic attacks.

What I have had to do, when this occurs is to use the proper breathing techniques, and consciously control how I breath, which means I have to force myself to breath with my abdominals and through the use of breathing with my diaphragm. I will say that sometimes I will have to find a place to sit down, in order to concentrate and have things happen in the proper way they are supposed to.

Of course, I want to tell anyone who is asthmatic to always make sure that you have your puffer with you at all times, as sometimes even with trying to control your breathing with this basic technique you may have to use that puffer if you are not able to control the situation and you start to have a full blown asthma attack.

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