I had asthma as a child and practically grew out of it as an adult or rather it became very mild. I've always had a blue inhaler but would use it very infrequently. Around christmas time this year I caught a cold which then turned into a chest infection (numerous negative lateral flow covid tests and a negative PCR test). Since then I've had a varying degree of tightness in my chest and what feels like a spot of irritation on the left side of my chest a few inches below my collar bone. A few nights I woke up feeling really short of breath and with a really intense tickling sensation in 'that spot' on the left. My blue inhaler did very little to alleviate it but it would calm down in about 20mins.
The first doctor I saw listened to my lungs, didn't hear anything untoward (I'm not wheezing or anything) and said it might be intercostal muscle strain. I had a week's dose of steroids which worked wonders.. the tightness went away for about 4 days, then crept back in again. The next doctor I saw said it was probably my asthma and added a brown preventer inhaler to my prescription (I haven't used a brown for a looong time). This hasn't really done anything to improve the situation and I'm just told it can take a long time and to be patient.
They also gave me a peak flow meter and what puzzles me the most is that my scores are consistently high ~700 - which looking at the charts tells me I have the lungs of a 7 foot tall 25yr old shotputter. It's really hard to pin down what makes the symptoms worse. Eating a big meal seems to, as does doing anything that stretches the muscles in my chest. Even certain foods seem to! Seemingly also, if I massage the chest muscle where it's irritated feeling, I can seemingly get some release of the tightness.
I'm just really not convinced it's even my asthma. Maaaybe I had covid and all the tests were false negative? So confused and fed-up. I have an appointment with a respiratory specialist soon. Any thoughts welcome.