I have asthma should i still play the trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by longmvu, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If you were my student, I would talk to your doctor about what I do and how I do it. Together, we can probably keep you happy and alive. Without that professional cooperation, I wouldn't touch it as a teacher.
     
  2. longmvu

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    ok thanks
     
  3. JNINWI

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    Is the pope Catholic ? Do bears poop in the woods ?
     
  4. Ed Lee

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    Docs, I just had pulmonologist follow-up checkup this past Monday, and although diagnosed with COPD, my lungs were clear. My Doc wanted to know how my trumpet playing was and when I told him I was rebuilding my lip - embouchure following major dental, his remark was, "... keep playing ...". At least this Rx is less expensive than others!
     
  5. gmonady

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    Sir, You have found yourself an EXCELLENT doctor!
     
  6. kingtrumpet

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    I bet you and your wife tell that to each other every day!!!!!!!!!!! if not -- then you should - well you could leave SIR out of the the statement ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  7. Ed Lee

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    This no one has to tell me ... I positively know it! So many doctors attended me at Wake Med hospital that I thought I was in a delirium ... which I probably was ... but he was so often at my bedside that I had a semblance of continuity in the passing of time.
     
  8. TrumpetMD

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    I agree with gmonady. A person with well-controlled asthma or COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis) can definitely play the trumpet.

    Just one qualification about this. I don't want anyone to read more into this issue beyond the great advice that was explicitly stated. Any aerobic activity (such as playing the trumpet) can increase your aerobic conditioning. This is a good thing for anyone. For those with asthma or COPD, it can help you breathe more efficiently and improve your quality of life. However, it will not change the course of the disease itself.

    Mike
     
  9. Ed Lee

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    Dr. Mike, Be assured that I've been apprised that while much of the damage to my lungs has been done, that COPD will be with me the rest of my life, and that I am now even more susceptiple to further damage or other maladies.

    Before every practice or performance session I monitor my O2 level with a finger meter, and I have two Rx inhalers, one an emergency ProAir HFA and the other Symbicort 80/4.5 2 puffs twice daily. Too, I've my own Oxygen concentrators, both battery portable and home AC unit. Also have my own emergency defibrillator and ventilator.


    Jokingly, I almost need a trailer to carry all my needed meds & supplies. (Not really a joke, is it?)
     
  10. TrumpetMD

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    Hi Ed. It sounds like you're doing all the right things. Just for clarification, I wasn't directing my comments toward you or anyone specifically. I was afraid someone might misinterpret the prior comments by thinking they won't need their inhaler if they play the trumpet. But the good news is that aerobic conditioning can definitely improve your quality of life.
     

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