Asthma Specialists Jackson MS

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.

James Robert Haltom, MD
(601) 984-6440
1600 N State St Ste 201
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic Pa; Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic Pc; University Clinic Associates

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Barry Whites
(601) 352-5864
1151 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Merrill D Hardy, MD
(601) 933-9521
2550 Flowood Dr Ste 400
Flowood, MS
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Anesthesia Consultants

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Graham Boyd Shaw, MD
(601) 352-2273
501 Marshall St Ste 301
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1959
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Medical Clinic

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Dr.Barry Whites
(601) 352-5864
1151 North State Street
Jackson, MS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1973
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Hospital: Rankin Med Ctr, Brandon, Ms
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Barry Leslie Whites, MD
(601) 352-5864
1151 N State St Ste 617
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Rankin Med Ctr, Brandon, Ms; Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; Central Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms; St Dominics -North Campus, Jackson, Ms; M S Methodist Rehab Center, Jackson, Ms; Womens Hospital At River Oaks, Jackson, Ms; River

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William Dana Frazier
(601) 352-0041
1151 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Sarah Jane Broom, MD
(601) 352-2273
501 Marshall St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; M S Methodist Rehab Center, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Pulmonary Assoc

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Sarah J Broom
(601) 352-2273
501 Marshall St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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William Dana Frazier, MD
(601) 981-9503
1151 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Lung Clinic

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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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