Asthma Specialists Fort Morgan CO

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.

Michael L Schindel, MD
(903) 236-2740
3199 S Wadsworth Blvd
Denver, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1983

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James W Thompson
(970) 245-4810
1050 Wellington Ave
Grand Junction, CO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Dr.Ronald Rains
(719) 471-1069
1725 E Boulder St # 204
Colorado Springs, CO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Pulmonologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.6, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Jeffrey M Sippel
(303) 629-2100
4101 W Conejos Pl
Denver, CO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Timothy Chesney Kennedy, MD
(303) 863-0300
1721 E 19th Ave Ste 366
Denver, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Joseph Hosp, Denver, Co; Presbyterian -St Lukes Med Ct, Denver, Co
Group Practice: Colorado Pulmonary Assoc

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Barry Wayne Holcomb, MD
(970) 353-1551
1900 16th St
Greeley, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1995

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James Tucker Good Jr, MD
(303) 788-8500
499 E Hampden Ave Ste 300
Englewood, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1972

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Nathaniel Mark Pascual, MD
(719) 471-7064
25 E Jackson St Ste 202
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Penrose Hosp, Colorado Spgs, Co
Group Practice: Colorado Springs Pulmonary

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Dr.William A. Kelley
(970) 245-4810
1050 Wellington Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Raymond Schoonmaker, MD
(970) 625-1100
501 Airport Rd
Rifle, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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