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Exercise-Induced Asthma

As per symptoms experienced below, I appear to have Exercise Induced Asthma. However, when I visited Doctor, there is no symptom. Even ECG is clear.

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/exercise-induced-asthma

quoted from above :
The symptoms of exercise-induced asthma generally begin within 5 to 20 minutes after the start of exercise, or 5 to 10 minutes after brief exercise has stopped.

Can anyone share their experience, and if there is any sports specialist in Hkg who can monitor with treadmill and suggest a cure ?

Thanks for help.

MichaelCheung's picture

Re: Exercise-Induced Asthma

hello Bhoova,
Sorry to hear of this problem affecting you.
I don't have any similar experience, but I will try to find you the details of a good Cardiologist that I visited. Not only is he a very nice and approachable guy, he's also an avid runner too, with as many running certificates of 10ks and HMs as he does of medical diplomas etc.
If you don't have any better leads from fellow forum members who more qualified specialists in asthma, then hopefully he can help you.

Didn't your local doctor give you any recommendations to seek specialist consultation?

Bhoova's picture

Re: Exercise-Induced Asthma

Hi Michael,
Thanks. The local GP at Quality Health Center took ECG and said nothing wrong and run at slower speed or stop (If run more slow, it will be called walking).
Once I start and run about 5k, or even elliptical machine, after some time breathing becomes difficult and wheezing noise occurs.

hiroshi's picture

Re: Exercise-Induced Asthma

Hi from MD:-), but unfortunately I'm working as a researcher here in HK, not doing practice. As you see, your history is the typical presentation of exercise-induced asthma which, as far as I know, should be rare for humid islands. This has to be diagnosed anyway, and it's essential to see how severe the respiratory function would be during and after the exercise (so as you see, you need treadmill as a stress test). Depending on severity, treatment or any other recipes would be different. Although there are a number of sports-related services from physiotherapists or osteopathy-clinics (including breathing training..), you might need prescription of inhaler depending on the severity, and so, you should see the doctor at first. The best place I can quickly imagine is a sports center belonging to Chinese U in Shatin (HK Jockey Club Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Centre). As it will be specialist service, you would have to submit a referral letter. Please ask your GP for the letter, explaining that your symptoms require specialist's attention at the front office and informing that you'd like to see Sports Medicine Unit of the above institute.
http://www.jc-sports.org.hk/services%20-%20Sports%20Medicine%20Unit.html

Bhoova's picture

Re: Exercise-Induced Asthma

Thanks Hiroshi San. Much helpful.
I have to blame it on running with cold (or pollution..) as underlying cause.

Re: Exercise-Induced Asthma

I had asthma since I was a child, and could never run for 2-3 min without wheezing. I've known ventolin longer than my spouse of 20 years. Started running about 3 years ago, always had to take in a puff before heading out for my 2K, 3K, 5K, then occasional short races before signing up for and running HK marathon 10K and followed by 42K in the next year. Just kept running and running. Lost heck lot of weight along the way, night and day improvement with my cardio-respiratory function, and now averaging a modest 30-40K/week. Stopped taking puffs for a good 1-2 year now. Goodbye ventolin, goodbye asthma ... miracle of running!