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I am a 59 year old male and I was diagnosed with excersized induced asthma about 12 years ago. I was prescribed one puff of Pulmicort once a day. It seemed to work. Since then about every 3 years or so I needed to increase the dosage because I felt it wasn't working at the time. I started bike riding a little over 2 years ago. I go on fairly fast 50-60 mile rides with my local bike club once a week. Usually I'll go out another time solo during the week on a 10-30 mile ride. For the first year and a half or so the pulmicort was working fine. Even on 40-50 mile winter rides where the temperature could be as low as 25 degrees during a ride. Late last November (the temperature was about 60 degrees) I had trouble breathing mid way going up a steep hill for the first time in about 3 years. I used to carry Albuterol with me but stopped as I was riding for over a year and never needed it. It took about 25 minutes to catch my breath. I continued on for another 10 miles or so then again up another tough hill had the same problem. I rested again for 25 minutes until I caught my breath and finished the ride. I called my pulmologist and he said it was an isolated incident and not to worry about it. He was basically right. For I rode into the winter with no problems. Then abain on a tough ride in March I had the same problem again in a middle of a steep hill. This time I tried the Albuterol but it didn't seem to help. It took about 30 minutes for me to stop breathing hard. I rode another 5 miles for our 30 minute lunch and by the time it was over I felt fine. I was fine for about another month then again the same thing happened on a tough ride. I started taking the albuterol before rides sometimes a few minutes before starting sometimes about 10 minutes. Recently now on almost any ride with hills I get an event where I have trouble breathing. So about a month ago started taking 4 puffs per day and the albuterol before rides. It doesn't seem to help. It has gotten to the point where I feel totally waisted and tired during rides and have to "limp" back to the lot on the bike. I just have no energy. Interestingly 2 weeks ago I did a 100 mile century and felt pretty good. However it was totally flat and I didn't have to go up any hills which usually do me in. I just stopped riding with the club because I am holding them back. I have an appt with my doctor this coming Monday. I am curioius if anyone else has had similiar experiences. Also for those that also have EIA I am interested in what medication(s) you are taking and how do you prepare (if necessary) before your activity. thanks, and sorry about the long post.
Generally with EIA, you take two puffs of albuterol 20 minutes before any cardio. I've got regular asthma and am a jogger. I have to do this before I run or I won't make it 1 block. My doctor says that the effects only last about an hour so a long ride may require you to medicate again. Since I don't run anything longer than a 5K, I'm fine on the first two puffs. If you have only EIA, then you don't need the's a daily preventer for people with regular asthma (I use Flovent).

Hope this helps.

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