I was asked by a good friend to write a post on my adult-onset asthma. So, I am happily writing this post, per the request. Before I get started, I have a few posts that kind of tie into this one; here, here, and here.
Have you had any allergic history or atopic asthma history as a child? That is a good question. I have no recollection of having any symptoms of asthma under the age of 43. Not sure that I am allergic to anything, but I do have nasty sinus issues. It is possible that my sinus issues could be triggered by outside allergens, but I have not been tested for that. I have noticed that fluctuations of weather in a short period of time wrecks havoc on this poor nose of mine. Also, dust seems to drive my sinuses crazy too, which can put me in a long sneezing attack. Yeah, I get to sneezing at times, sneezing one after another for several minutes, not much fun. My pulmonologist seems to think that most of my asthma fares have been sinus related, but I am skeptical.
Did this all come out of the blue? As strange as this may sound, yes it did. In the spring of 2009, I do recall having similar breathing problems that I do today. The episode in 2009 was short-lived with an antibiotic, nebing, and a burst of prednisone. I was breathing quite well the rest of the year. As a matter of fact, I had zero breathing issues for first three months in 2010. I even pushed my aerobic threshold boundaries on numerous occasions while preparing for a half marathon. My lungs seemed to take it with stride. So, it is strange how it hit out of the blue and did not go away like it did the previous year. As I look back, I should have gone to me primary doctor and maybe I could have been diagnosed in 2009 because it was obvious I was asthmatic from then on. I guess my lungs behaved themselves for a year before finally giving up on me.
Did you race before you got your asthma diagnosis? Yes, I did get a few races in before the spring of 2010 (5k, 10mile, half marathon). Two weeks before it hit, I walked that half marathon to my breaking point physically without any sign of asthma. I am so proud of that finish.
I might add, I was a really good cyclist in my 20s. I wasn’t the fastest out there but I rode with a cycling group and also did many non-racing cycling events. I specialized in climbing and endurance. During those days, I pushed my cardio to the breaking point all the time without breathing issues. So, I am pretty sure I didn’t have asthma at the time.
Anyway, feel free to ask more questions on this topic. It has been helpful to me also, allowing me to put my asthma in perspective.