Asthma Specialists Murrells Inlet SC

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.

Kevin Michael Dineen, MD
4615 Oleander Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1997

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Thomas M Chandler
(843) 235-3131
9653 Ocean Hwy
Pawleys Island, SC
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Thaddeus Whitmore Golden, MD
906 Medical Cir
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1995

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Philip Paul Retalis, MD
(843) 449-9559
945 82nd Pkwy Ste 2
Myrtle Beach, SC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1990

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Thaddeus W Golden
(843) 497-5929
945 82nd Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Dr.Daniel Leibman
(843) 449-5864
1301 48th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC
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M
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Pulmonologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Thomas Marvin Chandler, MD
9653 Ocean Hwy
Pawleys Island, SC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1995

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Daniel Leibman, MD
(843) 449-5864
209 80th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1987

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Paul Sydney Cohen, MD
(843) 449-1202
7714 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Grand Strand Reg Med Ctr, Myrtle Beach, Sc

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John T Huggins
(843) 347-2999
128 Professional Park Dr
Conway, SC
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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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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