Living in midlands

I moved to midlands 17 months ago from the coast had to for financial reasons, but I've noticed my breathing has got worse & im using my pump more. The cold effects me but on the coast it was when the wind picked up in winter months. I like living in the midlands but do miss the south as I'm loosing my sight and have a guide dog it was a lot easier for me to get around as I've lived on the coast for 46 yrs

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  • Hi I think sea air is beneficial for lung sufferers. I live by the seaside and have been for 20 years now (used to live in London) and I think it's the main reason my asthma hasn't got worse over the years. I knows what you mean about the cold winds though - they fair take your breath away! x

  • I think whereabouts on the UK coastline you live may also have some impact. I lived within ten miles of the south east coast for three years in my early twenties - my asthma has never been better than it was there. Being that little bit inland did help with the cold coastal winds too. On the other hand, I lived for two years in Bristol and I wasn't so well. The west coast might be warmer, but it also has a damper climate which didn't help me at all.

  • It's interesting this. As a child (growing up in Yorkshire), we used to go to Blackpool, Scarborough & Colwyn Bay on holiday & without fail I would have a very serious attack every single holiday we ever went on. So one year we went to Bournemouth & I was fine, so I think the sea air issue varies from person to person & presumably must vary by 'something in the air'.

    I also knew an asthmatic from Huddersfield who moved to Northern Scotland & said his asthma improved massively there.

    You don't say where you are living, but I guess a range of factors such as pollution, or farms or all sorts I guess can be a trigger. I hope you settle down anyway & manage to get on top of your symptoms.

  • Hello Kitty69

    I lived on the coast (north west) until I joined HM Forces during my teens; my basic and trade training courses were in the midlands, my first posting was to the West Midlands and then one to the south west which I loved as it was on the coast. I'm 53 now and living in the East Midlands. I do love being in a rural area of Lincolnshire. Whenever I want a little treat, I pop over to the coast for the day. A nice little wander along the beach is good for the soul.

    Sorry to hear you are losing your sight.

    Sending you a hug :)

  • Oops, I meant to say, my asthma symptoms were worst in the north west, on the coast near Blackpool, this started as a pre-teen. I felt worse then than I do now. I had been a victim of childhood abuse by a family 'friend' and wonder if this could have been a factor, thankfully he only visited us occasionally as they lived in another county. My parents broke off the friendship with him when I was in my early teens as he began trying to interfere in my life and saying he didn't like my friends. They felt this was unacceptable and the visits stopped.

    When I was at high school, I was only getting symptoms during the summer but my mum didn't bother the doctor with 'just a cough'. She wasn't to know I had asthma. My sister had asthma all year from the age of 2 so my mum didn't pick up that I was also asthmatic.

    When I joined the military during winter 1982 I sailed through the medicals as I had no symptoms. In fact, it was not an issue at all during my late teens and twenties, not even during the hayfever high season. However, I did take antihistamines for hayfever. I served in the midlands, Oxford and Cornwall until settling down and having my family.

    I moved to Lincolnshire in my early 20s and was fine until living in a rural area in my early 30s. I lived in Lincolnshire since 1986 and have only had only mild summer asthma until this winter. However, when I was hyper-stressed because domestic violence was the asthma was worse. Obviously this stress triggers issues like asthma. At this time I also developed other health problems and also attribute this to the high levels of stress.

    I got divorced in my late 30s and married again in my mid 40s. During this time, I had no asthma symptoms.

    This winter I have had a terrible bout of the flu and a chest infection including blood stained mucus. After 3 weeks I went to see my Practice Nurse as I thought I needed antibiotics. Believing that I am not a winter asthmatic, I didn't go to the surgery when this infection began. I haven't had a flu inoculation either. However, I was told that this problem was in fact asthma. This is my first experience of winter asthma.

    I'm in my 50s and, after reading another post about being an older asthmatic, I am wondering if this is because I've recently begun the peri-menopause and that this is making me more sensitive to triggers. I've also turned into a bit of a stress-head and my mood is low. By the way, my husband is kind :)

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