Asthma Specialists Oklahoma City OK

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.

Raymond Joseph Dougherty, MD
(405) 235-1701
1111 N Lee Ave Ste 235
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1947
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: R J Dougherty Inc

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David Randel Allen, MD
(405) 491-0787
608 NW 9th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1986

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Brad A Marion
(405) 272-8338
608 Nw 9th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Brad Alan Marion, MD
(405) 272-8338
608 NW 9th St Ste 3110
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Brad A Marion Inc

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Dr.David Allen
(405) 272-6909
608 Northwest 9th Street #1000
Oklahoma City, OK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1986
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Stacey Foshee
(405) 262-2640
608 Northwest 9th Street #1000
Oklahoma City, OK
Gender
F
Speciality
Pulmonologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Conway Dowell Patterson, MD
(405) 272-8393
608 NW 9th St Ste 2110
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: C Dowell Patterson Inc

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Dr.Brad Marion
(405) 272-8338
608 NW 9th St # 3110
Oklahoma City, OK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Stacey Lyn Foshee
(405) 272-6909
608 Nw 9th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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James Mattison Blalock
(405) 272-6909
608 Nw 9th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
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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