Asthma Specialists Seymour IN

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.

David Scott Wilson, MD
(812) 378-5756
2325 18th St
Columbus, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1987

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Thomas Francis Lavelle Jr, MD
(574) 288-4489
720 Cedar St Ste 260
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1968

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Paul Gregory Gianaris, MD
(219) 947-6677
1600 S Lake Park Ave
Hobart, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Mary Med Ctr, Hobart, In
Group Practice: Pulmonary Spec Of Nw In

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Walter James Filipek, MD
(574) 288-8000
707 N Michigan St
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1972

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Sanjay Jain
(260) 432-2297
7916 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Michael D Duncan
(317) 962-5820
1801 Senate Blvd
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Gregory S Montgomery
(317) 274-1201
702 Barnhill Dr
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Pediatric Pulmonology

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Praveen N Mathur
(317) 278-2894
550 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Ian Robert G Dowdeswell, MD
200 W 103rd St
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ London, United Med/Dent Schs Of Guy'S & St Thomas Hosps
Graduation Year: 1965

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Abboud Kawak
(317) 887-7588
1350 E County Line Rd
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
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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