Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:27 AM by Marissa Torres
Updated: Jan 7, 2013 9:30 AM
If you easily get short of breath during exercise, don't give up. Doctors can test to see if you suffer from exercise triggered Asthma.
Nick Boulle is an avid cyclist, but one day, some scary symptoms hit, threatening to slow him down forever.
"And I was in absolute terrible pain from my legs and I couldn't figure out what the deal was... I couldn't even get myself to breathe heavily."
Boulle saw multiple doctors, but no one could figure it out.
"I couldn't finish a simple race... I couldn't get through a workout..."
Finally, Boulle met Dr. Mark Millard, he says Boulle did the right think by not giving up.
"We have to sometimes do a series of tests, challenge tests to airways to try and understand why something is happening, causing that sense of shortness of breath."
After a series of tests, they figured out exacly what was wrong with Boulle, exercise triggered asthma.
"And in nick's case, we had to do a series of tests to finally figure out exactly what was the problem, and that also gave us a clue into using medicines that weren't historically used for asthma to help improve his symptoms."
Dr. Millard says shortness of breath shouldn't be ignored and shouldn't stop a person from exercising. He says weight gain is not always the reason for shortness of breath, it's often the the other way around.
"A lot of people who are overweight and out of shape are that way because they can't breathe... It's the breathing that triggered the inactivity that triggered the weight gain."
Symptoms of exercise-induced asthma include coughing, tightening of the chest, wheezing, unusual fatigue and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with exercise, it might be a good idea to talk to you doctor.