I would tell your mom just that - that you are having trouble breathing. Sounds like it might get worse when you run? There's a condition called "Exercise Induced Asthma", which is subtle asthma that gets bad when you exercise, even walking fast can trigger it. Asthma can start at any age and there's nothing you would have done to cause it. There are many athletes, even professionals that deal with this. It can be triggered by outdoor allergies at this time of year, or many other things (dust, mold, household cleaners, pet dander, strong perfume, smoke, etc. (Exercise will trigger Exercise Induced Asthma.) There is no reason your mom should be upset with you. I have this, and I just described how I was feeling to a doctor (no scary tests or anything) and they gave me a little cherry flavored chewable tablet (yum!) I can take before I exercise, which helps with asthma (and allergies) and I am able to exercise without that scary feeling. They could also prescribe an inhaler, which is simple to use and can be done ahead of time, if you feel self conscious using it in front of other people.
No one likes going to the doctor, but I recommend your mom takes you if you continue to have trouble. Breathing is kind of important :) I'm not positive that it's asthma, but it's a good possibility. Asthma is not really much like you see it in the movies, so I had no idea what was happening to me when I started having problems either. You are probably worrying a lot and you will feel much better knowing what's going on! Usually it's a lot of worry over nothing. If you are a runner (especially if you go running alone sometimes), it's good just to make sure everything is okay. They will probably just do the routine take your blood pressure, listen to your heart and ask a few questions about how you're feeling. It is a panicky feeling when you can't breathe and you shouldn't have to deal with that when there are so many effective ways to feel better!
Definitely explain to your mom & hope you're feeling better soon!
· 9 years ago