I wonder how much would now be diagnosed as exercised induced bronchospasm or exercised induced asthma?
I guess it was 12 or so years ago that I was taking anatomy and physiology. The Doc teaching the course remarked that asthma was associated with the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system; that stimulating the sympathetic system caused the airways to open. That was why speed was used to medicate it, and why kids with asthma should be encouraged to participate in sports. That squared with my own experience. (By the way, I think Im getting this right, the sympathetic pathways are the ones that get you up, parasympathetic responses get you down. Physically, I mean. I think. The sympathetic response, paradoxically, doesnt make you very sympathetic.)
I can live with that description of the autonomic nervous system.
Some years later Im talking to my cousins wife. Both are real doctors, and were talking about asthma. Her kids had it. I recounted the foregoing theory and she told me that the new drugs did none of those things, that the new approach is to treat the condition as an inflammation. Its much better now, besides, that other stuff had speed in it, itd make you crazy. Shes very frank.
Inhaled steroids for chronic inflammation in the lungs is the latest standard of care, IIRC.
And maybe so. Crazy enough to venture a reply on something I know just enough about to make a fool of myself.
Let me know me know how well Ive succeeded.
Overall, fairly well. They have been backing off drugs like salmeterol, long acting drugs that inhibit bronchoconstriction in the lung's smooth muscles for a while now.
I could be wrong.
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