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21
August

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(upbeat music) – Hi all, I’m Jaquie
from Chronically Jaquie and this is another video in
my Diagnosis Discussion Series. Due to my genetic mutations, I have several chronic
illnesses and in this video I’m going to further
discuss my asthma diagnosis. But before we continue,
please keep in mind that everyone is different and
I’m going to be sharing my personal experiences
which may vary from yours or someone you know. Also, be sure to check out the description for the other videos in my
Diagnosis Discussion Series as well as helpful links. So, asthma is a very common
respiratory condition in which the airways in my lungs constrict making it very difficult to breathe. I have adult onset cough variant asthma and I’ll talk about the
cough variant aspect first. Basically, it’s exactly how it sounds. My asthma presents itself as coughing rather than the typical wheezing. And when I have an asthma
attack, it’s a big coughing fit. But asthma is not just
secluded to acute attacks. You can have symptoms
even if you’re not having active asthma attacks such
as shortness of breath, chest pain, tightness
and pressure, and more. Plus, it can be very
exhausting not to breath well. My asthma is also considered
allergic and intrinsic. Allergic meaning it’s based
in allergies and sensitivities I have and intrinsic
meaning activity induced. While attacks can happen at random, my main triggers are
over exertion, humidity, my environmental allergens,
and cigar and cigarette smoke. Strong scents can also
trigger me at times. But not every scent will, so it varies. Now the adult onset aspect is
also exactly how it sounds. I didn’t have any symptoms as a child. Instead, they developed
when I was 18 years old. I was also diagnosed at 18
years old by a pulmonologist through a PFT or pulmonary function test. Which is where I did breathing
exercises into a tube that measured lung function. My lung function came back low
and with other abnormalities that indicated asthma and
that’s how I got my diagnosis. Currently, there is no cure for asthma and how it presents itself can
vary from warrior to warrior. So treatment plans will differ as well. I personally avoid my triggers,
keep my home very clean, and take medications such
as a maintenance inhaler. For acute attacks, I have a rescue inhaler that immediately dilates my airways. And if needed, I can attach this spacer to help me inhale the medication better. For really severe attacks or flare ups, I do have a nebulizer that delivers extended breathing treatments if required. Asthma can be challenging
because breathing is important after all, but I manage best
I can and keep moving forward. I hope this video about
my asthma was helpful and thank you so much for joining in on my Diagnosis Discussion Series.


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