Asthma Specialists Huntsville TX

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.

Harvey M Richey III, DO
(210) 599-1818
12709 Toepperwein Rd Ste 201
Live Oak, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Languages
American Sign
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Southwest Texas Methodist Hosp, San Antonio, Tx; Northeast Methodist Hospital, Live Oak, Tx

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Richard Allen Mayse, MD
(817) 421-0770
3600 William D Tate Ave Ste 100
Grapevine, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1980

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Raymond C Perkins
(903) 592-6901
912 S Fleishel Ave
Tyler, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Harmohinder S Kochar
(713) 863-0902
1631 N Loop West
Houston, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Glenn Genovese, MD
(972) 420-6000
190 Civic Cir Ste 235
Lewisville, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1988

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Preston Leigh Pate, MD
(915) 670-3800
1101 N 19th St Ste 107
Abilene, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1989

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Juan B Figueroa-Casas
(915) 545-6647
4801 Alberta Ave.
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Richard Bruce Silver, MD
(972) 566-5864
7777 Forest Ln Ste B326
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Medical Center Of Plano, Plano, Tx; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital F, Dallas, Tx; Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Tx; Presbyterian Hospital Of Dalla, Dallas, Tx; Childrens Med Ctr Of Dallas, Dallas, Tx; Presbyterian Hospital Of Plano, Plano, Tx


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William Walter Burgin Jr, MD
(512) 884-8209
2601 Hospital Blvd Ste 117
Corpus Christi, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Christus Spohn Shoreline Hosp, Crp Christi, Tx
Group Practice: Executive Medical Clinic

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Mustansir Vejlani
(281) 351-5600
602 Lawrence St
Tomball, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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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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