The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 25, 1981 · Page 7
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Wednesday, November 25,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 7 Exercise can be beneficial to asthmatics Dear Dr. Donohue:: I am an asthmatic and overweight. Can you help me lose weight? It's hard to exercise. I have tried to jog and it's a problem. Please explain how I can go about it. I am 5 feet 2 inches, and weigh 173 pounds. Being overweight is no fun. I am being made fun of. — Miss M.C. I assume that exercising brings on your attacks, so let me first explain why that happens to you. One explanation is that rapid breathing of air that is cooler than body air sets off the attack. The cooler air sends the breathing tube muscles into spasms. Now, this does not mean you cannot exercise. Exercise, when asthma attacks can be controlled, are quite beneficial for the asthmatic. It may be that a change in the places where you exercise will be your answer. Warm, humid air is best, the kind that hovers over a swimming pool, for example. Have you tried swimming instead of jogging? How you take your medicine is another possible factor. When you take asthma medicine it takes time for the levels of it to reach a peak in your blood. After that, the level wanes until your next dose. If you can time your medicine-taking so that you exercise during periods of peak blood level you might be able to exercise without so much difficulty. I cannot give you a timetable since these peaks vary with each preparation. You'll have to talk that over with dr. donohue to your good health your doctor. He'll tell you when this should occur. Or maybe he'll suggest a slightly higher dose to ward off exercise-induced attacks. I am sure there is an answer for you. In the 1972 Olympics there were five medal winners who had asthma. Exercise along with sensible calorie control should pay dividends both for your weight problem and for your asthma. i!r -tr -fr Dear Dr. Donohue: I have heard about the TNS, a machine used to calm nerves and ease pain. In what situations is it used? For what kinds of pains? I would really like to know if it can be used on my hip, where I have arthritis. — L.C. TNS (transcutaneous nerve stimulation) involves a small electrical generator that sends a tiny electrical impulse to the nerve that carries the pain sensation to the brain. It works by trig- gering the release of certain natural body substances that block the perception of pain. It has been used for pain caused by everything from cancer to sprains. It is not a panacea for all pain and may not work for some individuals. Although I have no personal knowledge of its being used for the pain of arthritis, I am willing to bet it has been tried. You tell me (another part of your letter) that you have a TNS machine at home. Although it has been used for both acute and chronic pain situations, it is to be used only by the doctor's prescription. So before you try it on yourself, you should have your doctor's approval. One of its chief applications has been in temporary relief of athletic-caused injury pain. * T5r * Dear Dr. Donohue: Since my early teens I have been troubled by pain on both sides of my abdomen. The pain always begins when I am running or doing other strenuous exercise. During my pregnancies it was more frequent, and just a short walk would trigger the cramping and pain. What causes this problem, and is there anything I can do to get over it? — C.H.R. Side cramps that come on with exercise are called stitches, and the usual cause lies in the muscular wall (diaphragm) that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. Presumably, you have been examined to learn if that is the cause of your discomfort. Many factors might cause the situation to worsen during pregnancy — alteration in walking or in the way you carry your body, for examples. There are several ways to help relieve the pain when it comes on. When the pain starts, increase your breathing rate. That may do the trick. Another way is to breathe out against resistance by pursing your lips and blowing out. You can lose weight if you really want to! The booklet, "Lost Secrets of Reducing," tells you how — naturally and without gimmicks — to the level best suited to your indidivual needs. For a copy write to Dr. Donohue in care of Box 19620 Irvine, Calif., 92714, enclosing a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and 50 cents. Dr. Donohue welcomes reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to individual letters. answer Hypnosis found to help fearful dental patients HOME EQUITY LOAN • Rates as low as 18% APR • Choice of payment plans • No broker's fee • No prepayment penalties • First mortgage not affected For information without obligation on any amount up to $25,000, call a nearby office or complete and mail. 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