Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year, Small Setback

I feel like a "bubble person", I am not typically around many people, yet I appear to have a problem with the few that I do expose myself to. In this case a couple of hours with an insurance/annuity agent gave me a cold that in turn affected my lungs. Perhaps the strange extended cold spell had compromised my immunity. During the few days that I was ill, my back went out. It has had the tendency to do that infrequently since about 1995. And it typically happens while I am on the phone, barely moving at all. It is my lower back. Anyway, I feel much better today and was able to run, however slowly, at the gym for 30 minutes--no back issues. It appears that leaning over the back of a soft chair creates a sort of decompression, that helps considerably.

I added a supplement to what I take currently: Shilajit, an ayurvedic mineral extract. Peak flows are still between 140 and 190 upon waking, to max out at 280 after taking Symbicort. This saps my energy much of the time. I look forward to improving this symptom.
I am much better than I was this time last year, when I had to take prednisone every other week to maintain my breathing.