This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of a Canadian leading research based pharmaceutical company. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I was a teenager I had days when I struggled to breathe. I couldn’t stop coughing or get enough air into my lungs. I can still remember the feeling of panic that washed over me each time that I realized I couldn’t breathe. My doctor sent me for repeated asthma tests. The tests came up negative each time. While I didn’t have asthma, I did have chronic bronchitis. I was diagnosed 9- 10 times with bronchitis over a period of 2-3 years. A few more times and I would have qualified for a free prescription of antibiotics. As often as I struggled to breathe, I was fortunate. I grew out of my bronchitis. People living with asthma aren’t so lucky.
My experience with breathlessness and puffers and panic when I couldn’t get oxygen into my lungs was temporary, unlike those of you living with asthma yourselves or with family members who face this challenge on a regular basis.
Asthma in Canada
In Canada, asthma affects about three million people, and according to the Asthma Society of Canada six out of ten people don’t have control over their disease. That means there are some 1.8 million Canadians out there who are not only living with asthma symptoms and the possibility of an asthma attack at any time depending on what triggers their asthma, they are also at risk of permanent lung damage and even death in cases of severe asthma attacks.
In spite of 60% of people living with asthma not having control over their condition, more than 90% of people believe they are managing their asthma symptoms and have it under control. As with anyone living with a disease that they believe to be under control, people living with asthma are less likely to consult with their health care providers when they don’t feel like they are having any significant problems.
While I don’t have any breathing problems now, I am certainly guilty of holding off visiting a doctor to discuss my health complaints until my issue surpasses my tolerance threshold. Recently I went to see my doctor to address chronic back pain that I have lived with on and off for more than a decade. She sent me to physiotherapy and now my pain is almost gone. I had gotten so used to the pain that I stopped thinking about it except on days when it was bad. I think the same is likely true for someone living with asthma. While there may be days where you have some minor issues with breathing, it isn’t until you have an asthma attack that you think about seeing the doctor.
Now you can take a quick 30 second asthma test at www.AsthmaTest.ca to assess how you are doing managing your asthma. This test doesn’t involve blowing as hard as you can into a tube attached to a computer. This test will take you through a series of questions about the symptoms of asthma that you experience on a regular basis to help determine whether there is an opportunity for you to control your asthma better.
Talk to Your Doctor
Using the test results as a foundation, you can then have a discussion with your doctor about how to better manage your asthma, reduce your risk of severe asthma attacks and improve your quality of life. When asthma is properly managed you can reduce or eliminate your symptoms, reduce your use of medication and reduce the chances of missed family opportunities or work due to asthma attacks and symptoms.
As parents we often put our focus on caring for our kids and making sure that they are safe and healthy. While this 30 second asthma test is not designed to assess kids and their asthma management, it will help you focus on managing your symptoms. Having your asthma under control as a parent means more time to spend with your kids and family. It also means providing a positive example to your kids about self-care and managing your health.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of a Canadian leading research-based pharmaceutical company. All opinions are 100% mine.