I'm just reaching out for a bit of help from those who've ""been there"".
I've been dealing with asthma for more than 15 years diagnosed, although looking back, if I was a kid now, I've had it all my life, but I was just the kid who coughed a lot. And I'm generally pretty good at knowing my triggers and calling my physician when things aren't right.
18 months ago, I had a viral infection which then led to costochondritis (rib cage inflammation) along with bronchitis and then developed pnemonia. Fun times all round for sure. It was a long struggle to get back to feeling well and an even longer struggle to actually get back to normal household activities and finally starting to add exercise back again.
So, my struggle in recent months is that exercise or exertion based symptoms seem to be a regular thing for me now not just an occasional thing. It used to be that I only had exercise symptoms when I also had a cold and probably shouldn't have been exercising much anyways. But I'm struggling with how to manage these symptoms. I am using my ventolin diskus before going out, but I'm wondering if I should take it earlier before I go out? I'm not getting myself into bad attacks that I can't recover from, but I sure am winded for quite some after I do any kind of major exertion. So far it's mainly dealing with household chores like mowing the lawn or assembling furniture (recent move has left me still too busy to hit the gym). Any suggestions for me?