I actually appear to have a diagnosis finally! And from my GP, who has beaten 2 chest consultants including a senior asthma specialist by actually giving me a diagnosis and medication that works! Properly a member of this forum now...pity it had to be asthma but would rather know and have something to help.
Saw cons a few weeks ago, she said nothing wrong, hyperventilation, see physio to retrain breathing. GP, the good one, wanted me to keep him updated on how it went. So went back and saw him, told him all the stuff I had already said to drs including consultants a million times, but he actually listened. He was especially interested when I said that breathlessness lingers after exertion and that it was a major trigger. Said it sounded like exercise induced asthma and to try Montelukast to see if it works and come back in a week.
Have been trying it, it does work as am starting to find things easier and not getting knackered and breathless on slight exertion, though still going a bit slowly. Managed day in London today for work, was really worried about it before but fine. Saw GP again this morning, he said yes, EIA if the Montelukast is working and it should continue to work. Also said I should try relievers again s they might work better now some of the underlying problem is being controlled long term. So have been trying Bricanyl again today, may be my imagination but think it has been improving things as well.
So a bit of good news at an otherwise bad time. GP was really pleased too, he said 'score one for GPs over chest consultants!' when I told him it was working, lol. He is amazing, it has taken me 2 years to get here but he just listened to me and thought about it, didn't tell him anything I haven't mentioned many times at appts.