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What is happening to my lungs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I used to suffer from bad chronic asthmatic bronchitis for about 11 years, which cleared up spontaneously about 5 years ago. Aside from a few small flareups related to sheetrock dust, it's been great. Then about 2 weeks ago, it really started back up.

A couple of factors involved:

  • I ran in the cold in mid-December. That gave me a flareup.

  • Also, I may have smoked something other than tobacco in late December. That caused some transient coughing.

  • I started GOMAD around the beginning of January. I am lactose intolerant, but I was hitting the lactase pretty hard so no acute symptoms. At the same time, I started Rippetoe's Starting Strength.

  • I lost my job at the beginning on January, which means I'm working at home most of the day. If indoor pollutants are a factor, I doubled my exposure.

  • They did some drywall work in my neighboring unit during January.

  • Late January, I started Crossfit. I did a running WOD, which caused some coughing, but nothing happened immediately.

  • Early February, my wife used the hair spray she'd been using for months, and my lungs seized up. I started coughing and haven't stopped.

  • Last week, I got a bad cold that aggravated everything. I'm over it now, but the cough is as bad as ever.

I'm back to using Advair, albuterol, and ephedrine to keep coughing fits at (barely) manageable levels. I have not yet figured out how to exercise without aggravating it.

I've told you a bunch of stuff I did wrong, but here's what I'm doing right:

  • Paleo with good adherence, with high fat dairy and traditional corn. In the past I was low carb, in the past several months I have gone up to 150-200g/day in an effort to gain weight.

  • Serious vitamin D supplementation, PLUS winter tanning to fight off SAD.

  • Magnesium glycinate supplementation.

I'm trying to figure out what to do next. I've dropped the GOMAD routine, which seems like the obvious place to start. The hairspray is out, as is running. I have an air filter running now. Is there anything I'm overlooking? Or am I on the right track and the only thing I need to do is wait and stop freaking out? I badly need this to go away.

89c5726021149f9833fb0dbb66f838f6

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:42 AM

I've been to the doctor and I'm past the acute stage.

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:13 PM

Also, make sure you are supplementing Magnesium and getting enough A and K2 from your diet. All are essential co-factors for D3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743582/

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Some folks don't absorb D3 from supplements well & some folks will have a very high level with little to no supplementation, so Yes.

89c5726021149f9833fb0dbb66f838f6

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:42 AM

Unfortunately, it is definitely NOT a dry cough. Good thought, though.

89c5726021149f9833fb0dbb66f838f6

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:41 AM

I haven't had it tested, but I take about 6000 IU per day and have been tanning like crazy to keep SAD at bay. Am I really still likely to need testing?

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on February 27, 2013
at 04:08 PM

With an asthma flare-up, sometimes you just have to give it time.

Talk to your doctor about adding another inhaled steroid like Qvar or Asthmanex. You may need that to get over the hump. I just had to add Asthmanex, but it was my first flare up in two years since going Paleo.

My personal favorite home remedy is bone broth, bone broth, and more bone broth. But sometimes you need meds, too.

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:45 AM

If it's some dry cough (rather than not being able to breath), it might be histamine intolerance, and not your older problem. My husband started having this in the beginning of January after coming back from a European trip. It lasted over a month. Quercetin was the way to battle it, after a few weeks on the low-histamine Paleo diet.

89c5726021149f9833fb0dbb66f838f6

(149)

on February 27, 2013
at 03:42 AM

Unfortunately, it is definitely NOT a dry cough. Good thought, though.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Have you had your D3 blood level tested?

I need to keep my level just above 80 ng/ml to keep my symptoms at bay and that requires more D than most take.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 27, 2013
at 03:13 PM

Also, make sure you are supplementing Magnesium and getting enough A and K2 from your diet. All are essential co-factors for D3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743582/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 27, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Some folks don't absorb D3 from supplements well & some folks will have a very high level with little to no supplementation, so Yes.

89c5726021149f9833fb0dbb66f838f6

(149)

on February 27, 2013
at 03:41 AM

I haven't had it tested, but I take about 6000 IU per day and have been tanning like crazy to keep SAD at bay. Am I really still likely to need testing?

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on February 27, 2013
at 10:07 PM

Nobody on the internet should be answering this question, really. I would suggest going to the doctor.

89c5726021149f9833fb0dbb66f838f6

(149)

on February 28, 2013
at 12:42 AM

I've been to the doctor and I'm past the acute stage.

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