Asthma Specialists Gadsden AL

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.

Mazen Hakim, MD
(256) 442-0672
PO Box 1859
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Aleppo, Fac Of Med, Aleppo, Syria
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.Luis Urbina
(256) 547-4443
303 Bay St # 100
Gadsden, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.6, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Richard M Sneeringer
(256) 883-2112
250 Chateau Dr Sw
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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William Joseph Ferguson, MD
731 Leighton Ave
Anniston, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1984

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Michael Ray Crain, MD
(205) 780-1963
817 Princeton Ave SW Ste 115
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Princeton Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Princeton Pulmonary Group

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Mazen Hakim
(256) 543-3877
303 Bay St
Gadsden, AL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Muhammad Kaleem
(256) 494-4846
100 Medical Center Dr
Gadsden, AL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Dr.Steven Dekich
(334) 749-3385
121 N 20th St # 6
Opelika, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Paul Sidney Stephen
(205) 250-8910
1528 Carraway Blvd
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine

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William Robert Humphrey, MD
(256) 533-6003
5005 Littlebury Rd SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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