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.

Raleigh R Gleason
(817) 335-5288
1201 Fairmount Ave
Fort Worth, TX
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Sergio E Muniz
(806) 355-9007
26 Medical Dr
Amarillo, TX
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Gary Lewis Weinstein, MD
(214) 345-4062
8220 Walnut Hill Ln Ste 408
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital Of Dalla, Dallas, Tx; Presbyterian Hospital Of Plano, Plano, Tx
Group Practice: Southwest Pulmonary Associates Llp

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James P Loftin
(972) 378-3272
6124 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Thomas Masciangelo
(713) 982-5900
927 Shaw Ave
Pasadena, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Stephen Derdak
(210) 292-6707
2200 Bergquist Drive, Suite 1
Lackland Afb, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Mohsin K Bajwa
(281) 537-6300
411 Lantern Bend Dr
Houston, TX
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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David A Stein
(713) 941-0088
4003 Woodlawn
Pasadena, TX
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Rama Devi Nayini, MD
915 N 4th St
Longview, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Mark Colin Clark, MD
(512) 459-6599
1305 W 34th St Ste 400
Austin, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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