Asthma Specialists Beaver Dam WI

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

N Robert Newcomb, MD
580 N Washington St
Janesville, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1978

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Sushil Gupta, MD
(414) 545-2979
9743 W National Ave Apt 15
West Allis, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pbd Sharma Postgrad Inst M S, M Dayanand Univ, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Yale -New Haven Hosp, New Haven, Ct; St Raphaels Hosp, New Haven, Ct
Group Practice: Cardiothoracic & Vascular Grp

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William Vance Dovenbarger, MD
1014 Everest Blvd
Wausau, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Hospital, Marshfield, Wi

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Waleed S Najeeb
(414) 461-9250
2501 W Silver Spring Dr
Glendale, WI
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Abbas Ali, MD
2501 W Silver Spring Dr
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Frederick Andrews, MD
(920) 433-0105
720 S Van Buren St
Green Bay, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979

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Richard Anthony Hogan, MD
(920) 746-0510
323 S 18th Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Door County Mem Hosp, Sturgeon Bay, Wi
Group Practice: Door County Memorial Hospital North Shore Medical Clinic; Ministry Health Care At Door County Memorial Hospital; Ministry Health Care At North Shore Medical Clinic

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Basil Varkey
(414) 805-3666
9200 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Michael Francis Maguire, MD
(414) 734-9600
820 E Grant St
Appleton, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1989

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Maqbool Arshad, MD
(414) 647-2326
3201 S 16th St Ste 1012
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1980

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Unwinding from Asthma

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By Swaha Devi

Like clockwork, a 2 a.m. asthma attack shut down my airways and jolted me out of sleep. The sweet relief of breath was at arm’s length, in the emergency inhaler on my night table. One quick spray and within seconds I felt my bronchial tubes begin to relax, allowing precious air to enter.

The next development was all too predictable. The drug made my heart race, and I couldn’t fall back asleep until just moments before the alarm clock rang, ending my brief respite.

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

The attacks were at their worst when I lived in Florida, where the intense humidity caused mildew to flourish, aggravating my condition. I often felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Nor did my job as a tech writer in an old airplane hangar—full of mold, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke—help matters. I can’t count the times when it seemed impossible to think clearly enough to get through the day. I tried allergy shots, but hated having to poke myself with a needle, so I quit the job instead. When a doctor told me my only option was to take medicine for the rest of my life, I finally found the courage to say enough.

My first order of business was to stop an attack without using inhalers. I accomplished this within weeks through a variety of methods, including taking first hot, then cold showers to relax the spasms, and hovering over steam infused with eucalyptus oil for long periods. But I was still living from one attack to the next. I needed to get to the root of the problem.

Once I began digging, clues turned up everywhere (even in King Tut’s tomb, where the anti-inflammatory herb licorice, now known as a decongestant, was unearthed alongside other treasures). Ultimately, though, putting the disease behind me required tending to much more than my closed airways. Top of the list? Stress.

Once I started paying attention, I realized almost anything—a cold, deadline pressures, bad news, or bad weather—could start me wheezing. Emotional stress of any kind was a particularly powerful trigger.

Elson Haas, a physician and director of the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, isn’t surprised. Stress kicks off physiological responses that lead directly to breathing troubles, he says. What’s the first thing people do when they’re nervous? Take shorter breaths, of course. Plus, the body releases certain hormones when we’re under stress (particularly adrenaline and cortisol) that open up the airways—but once the stress goes away and these hormones subside, the bronchial tubes can tighten up again.

Clearly, I needed to coax my body into staying calm. (Stop and smell the roses? I was allergic to them!)

You’d think my living situation would have been a help. I was part of a yoga community at the time...

Author: Swaha Devi

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