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Does being less stressed affect the lungs recovery from asthma?

Does being less stressed affect the lungs recovery from asthma?

Yes: Asthma is a chronic condition. Stress affects all chronic conditions adversely. Addressing stress, and especially one's response to stress, must be an integral part of treatment of any person with chronic disease. Remember: our emotions and our physical body are tightly connected and one affects the other. All treatment must be holistic, addressing all issues in the person. www.bookonhealing.com. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How does stress affect the lungs? How can I prevent stress from aggravating my asthma?

How does stress affect the lungs? How can I prevent stress from aggravating my asthma?

Directly linked: Stress & anxiety are known to be associated with worse asthma symptoms. It is important to learn relaxation techniques (meditation or yoga) & spend time focusing on altering your response to situations/circumstances that generate anxiety. Having a treatment plan for asthma that you can self-manage as per your symptoms can help. Talk to an asthma specialist near you to discuss yr treatment options. ...Read more

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Does overeating put stress on the lungs? Can overeating exasperate asthma??

Does overeating put stress on the lungs?  Can overeating exasperate asthma??

Asthma & Obesity: Obesity (being overweight) caused by overeating can definitely cause worsening of asthma and put undo stress on lungs. Obesity can cause whats called a restrictive pattern on pulmonary function testing due to excess weight on chest wall. Also asthma control can worsen with increased weight gain. ...Read more

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I am unable to take a stress test while on the treadmill since I have lung and asthma problems. What reactions should I expect from the chemical stress tests?

I am unable to take a stress test while on the treadmill since I have lung and asthma problems. What reactions should I expect from the chemical stress tests?

Depends on lung issu: There are two main types of chemical stress tests: Adenosine and persantine. Adenosine can/and does induce asthma attacks in many asthmatics so make sure the cardiologist knows about your asthma. It can be reversed but they don't like affecting the lungs when posible. Generally what they do is make your heart beat faster and pump harder. So you feel a little jumpy but rarely and specific pain. ...Read more

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27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

Anxiety or Asthma: Could be either or both. A visit to a pulmonary specialist would clarify that, following thorough medical exam & pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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Where can I find a doctor in scranton, pa that teaches breathing retraining exercises? Asthma, stress, & anxiety has caused problems for my lungs.

Where can I find a doctor in scranton, pa that teaches breathing retraining exercises? Asthma, stress, & anxiety has caused problems for my lungs.

Pittsburgh: The nearest center with expertise in treatment of respiratory disorders would be pittsburgh, pa. You can see any of the lung specialists at upmc. Another alternative would be to find a local speech and language pathologist who can teach you those exercises. Detailed evaluation by a lung specialist might be more useful in the long run. ...Read more

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How do I concentrate less on my breathing pattern? I had to start on advair for asthma at age 27. I can't stop concentrating on my breathing. Stress..

How do I concentrate less on my breathing pattern? I had to start on advair for asthma at age 27. I can't stop concentrating on my breathing. Stress..

Peak flow meter: If you are breathing well without wheezing you will be able to concentrate less on your breathing. Your asthma should be under good control. You may benefit from a peak flow meter which can be used at home to determine how well you are breathing. If you score well on the meter then you can rest assured that you are in good shape and you can then concentrate on other matters. ...Read more

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Are a 17 year olds lungs damaged if they were filled with fluid for 4 months left untreated. We didn't know she had asthma until a dr visit?

Are a 17 year olds lungs damaged if they were filled with fluid for 4 months left untreated. We didn't know she had asthma until a dr visit?

Filled with fluid?: asthma is an inflammatory issue - but if she has never been told asthmatic unusual to diagnose at one visit. Why do you think they were filled with fluid for 4 mo? Cough alone can be from reflux, post-nasal drip, virus, allergies, pneumonia, cardiac reasons - and asthma - and many other reasons. So why the question about fluid for 4 mo? Did someone say she had fluid? ...Read more

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My lungs feel cold, I don't feel cold but my lungs/chest feesl cold. The past few days it's a more constant feeling. Is this part of the asthma?

My lungs feel cold, I don't feel cold but my lungs/chest feesl cold. The past few days it's a more constant feeling. Is this part of the asthma?

Asthma: asthma is a diagnosis over time, where someone has multiple episodes of asthma like symptoms. If you have problems with breathing go get it checked out with a healthcare worker. ...Read more

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Do I have asthma? Through my entire life I have had these pains in what i thought were my lungs. It didn't happen all the time, or at all often. Maybe a handful of times in a year, when i would take a deep breath i get a sharp pain, usually in the right s

Do I have asthma? Through my entire life I have had these pains in what i thought were my lungs. It didn't happen all the time, or at all often. Maybe a handful of times in a year, when i would take a deep breath i get a sharp pain, usually in the right s

Not necessarily : Your symptoms do not fit into the expected mold of asthma. However, to make sure, you should get tested. Talk to your physician and give a good history of your symptoms, your family history of asthma (if any) and when, where and why you get your symptoms. A simple spirometry test will also be in order to rule out any other possibilities. Get tested as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more