Asthma Specialists Yazoo City 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.

Feras Hamadeh
(601) 883-5000
2100 Highway 61 N
Vicksburg, MS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Suzanne T Miller
(601) 984-5650
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Kimberly Anne Dobbs, MD
(601) 649-2863
1203 Jefferson St
Laurel, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1996

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David Michael Halinski, MD
(601) 883-6088
104 McAuley Dr
Vicksburg, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: River Region Health System, Vicksburg, Ms
Group Practice: River Region

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Akinyinka A Ajelabi, MD
1500 E Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ilorin, Fac Of Hlth Sci, Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1994

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Jaime R Ungo, MD
(662) 377-7150
North Mississippi Medical Center 830 South Gloster
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Esc Auto De Cien Med De Centro America, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Magnolia Regional Health Cente, Corinth, Ms
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Assoc

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Gary Michael Rodberg, MD
(601) 872-1951
3631A Bienville Blvd
Ocean Springs, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1987

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

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Thomas M Poothullil
(228) 388-8233
180b Debuys Rd
Biloxi, MS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Donna Kaye Cassell, MD
(601) 981-9503
971 Lakeland Dr Ste 1052
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Pulmonary Assoc

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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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