I hope you're all well. This is my first post. I'm 39 and I live in Greece.
Apologies in advance. I hate to whinge, but I feel like I need some help and this looks like such a friendly place! So here goes...!
I have sensitive lungs (had pneumonia 10 years ago, and they've been funny ever since). I exercise quite a lot (football twice a week) and I was quite fit back in June. In July I caught a cold which went to my chest. I took antibiotics for a week, but nothing happened (just kept getting worse). Then I switched antibiotics, and it seemed like it got better. Doc said she could hear the phlegm, but nothing else, so just to take it easy for a while. That was early August. I ran a couple of times in August, then did a CAT scan (just to be sure that things are ok), and the CAT scan said I had errr... I'm not sure what, but the doctor wasn't happy. I know it's funny that I don't know, but they were big words, and I forgot.
Now back on antibiotics (clarithromycin this time) even though the doc said I could jog as long as it wasn't strenuous.
Additionally, I have asthma, and I've been on inhalers (twice daily) for years now. I'm always on fluticasone propionate (corticosteroid inhaler) along with montelukast pills. After July, my doses have been upped along with the antibiotics (and it doesn't look like they're going to go down for a few months).
Here are my questions:
1. How do I know when the jog is strenuous?
2. Let's say I overdo it because I'm a bit of an idjit. How bad could it be?
3. Generally speaking, how do you keep a balance between being fit and not harming yourself, when your lungs have been playing up for almost 3 months.
There's one final bit of info I'd like to mention. I'm a stressed out kinda guy (unfortunately), and my exercise is my relief. So, even though my parents and friends say "just relax, so you don't play footie for a bit... so what?", I'm actually going crazy.
All advice is gratefully accepted.
Many thanks for listening/reading!