Nirmala Devi who has been suffering from asthma for many years has now been able to successfully manage her condition. Although, Nirmala has severe asthma, she was diagnosed with it 3 years back and was suffering from undiagnosed asthmatic attacks for numerous years.
Nirmala shares that she had her first severe asthmatic attack in the summer of 2014. She experienced pulmonary distress, difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath. The experience shook her up and she concluded that she needed immediate medical attention and specialized care
However, the important aspect is that like many people across India, Nirmala could not assess her condition’s severity. Asthma is very manageable, once it is controlled. Many people assume that asthma is a mild condition and is linked with fatalities rarely. Many people find the hard to accept the reality of asthma. Nirmala also found it hard to accept, until she had the limiting experience in 2014.
People suffering from asthma or the ones associated with them are actually unaware how asthma can transform vital aspects of life. As per research, asthma is not merely a physical illness, but can also affect the mental health of a person. Personal space is a major aspect for Nirmala. She has had many attacks, wherein she felt suffocated and is thus highly protective of her personal space. She has isolated herself from loved ones and leads a life of reclusiveness.
According to Dr Maqsood Alam, Consultant Pulmonology, Paras Hospitals, Darbhanga, “Asthma is a condition that can cause a major physical and psychological impact on the patient. Every episode of an asthmatic attack can make the patient paranoid towards an impending and untreatable health condition. Hence it is essentially important to detect and treat asthma as early as possible so that the severe attacks are prevented and managed well. It should also be noted that in majority of the cases asthma gets presented in childhood.”
Taking the case of Nirmala Devi, Dr Maqsood highlights, “Nirmala is a typical case where a patient begins to develop a paranoia around his/her disease and medical condition. They usually suffer from complications and think that their symptoms are due to a chest infection or a minor health issue. They don’t realize that ignoring the signs and symptoms is complicating the matter further. Hence it is essential to educate the people at the school, college and other educational levels to understand the disease, its long standing effects and take necessary actions,”
Today after rigorous follow up and patient medical treatment by Dr Maqsood Alam, Nirmala Devi is feeling better now. She has gone through numerous physical and emotional ups and downs during her treatment. She shares, “I could not have done this alone. I thank Paras Hospital Darbhanga and able doctors such as Dr Maqsood Alam for extending their unconditional support. Today I can breathe easy and freely. Free of any mental or physical pain!”