Asthma Specialists Napoleon OH

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.

Andrew Ching Liu
(440) 585-5909
27155 Chardon Rd Ste 307
Richmond Heights, OH
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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James N Allen, MD
(614) 293-4925
456 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1984

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Murty Gollamudi
(740) 354-5891
1735 27th Street
Portsmouth, OH
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

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Michael William Konstan, MD
(216) 844-3267
Rainbow Baby Chldrns Hosp 11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1982

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Edgar H Sanchez
(740) 264-7800
4100 Johnson Rd
Steubenville, OH
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Roy Carl St John, MD
(614) 224-0093
745 W State St Ste 610
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1985

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Durdana Iram, MD
700 Childrens Dr
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Khyber Med Coll, Univ Of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990

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Mark Louis Splaingard
(614) 722-4682
555 S 18th St
Columbus, OH
Specialty
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine

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David Ray Ralston, MD
(614) 464-0788
4439 State Route 159 Ste 110
Chillicothe, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Mt Carmel Med Ctr, Columbus, Oh; Mt Carmel East Hosp, Columbus, Oh
Group Practice: Central Ohio Pulmonary Disease

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Mihaela Teodorescu, MD
2525 Live Oak Rd
Sylvania, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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