The weekend before last (5th-6th of Feb) I started off with a sore throat and then eventually a cold. My housemate had been ill with it recently but it had only lasted 2-3 days. The sore throat soon dyed down but my nose was still blocked, yet I kept feeling really out of breath - my chest felt restrictive as if I couldn't get enough air in or out, I was coughing a lot (but dry). The only ""cold"" symptom I had really was a sore throat and a blocked nose. Breathlessness for me is fairly normal, thinking about it - I often get breathless going up the stairs, doing any exercise and my boyfriend often laughs at me for getting breathless just by walking on a windy/cold day, for example - saying I must be unfit. I had mentioned it to a doctor before but he said I probably needed to exercise more.
I went to the doctors a few days after the shortness of breath (SOB) started, and she gave me some antibiotics even though she said my chest was clear. She asked about asthma, I said I didn't think there was any in my family and I really didn't take her seriously. She asked me to see my GP for an asthma test but I was either in denial or not convinced. Around this time I started to wake up at night, especially when my nose was really blocked - and felt like I wasn't breathing, and was hyperventilating. This happened about 3 times last week and each time it took about half an hour for me to be able to attempt to lie back down to go to sleep again, at one point I was on the verge of calling for help. I phoned my mum to tell her I was unwell later on and she told me to go to the GP for the asthma test because lots of people in both sides of my family had asthma, and when I was born my mum was warned to look for signs of it.
Yesterday and today I was feeling breathless, tired and my chest was hurting pretty much all day, but particularly if I had been outside. This morning I had an early appointment (not medical related) and I was struggling to finish sentences - someone commented on it and asked if I was ok, suggested I went to my doctor. I went to a walk-in centre and while I was in the waiting room I was coughing and felt like my breathing was restricted. He couldn't do a breathing test and told me to go to my GP in the morning and take an inhaler he would prescribe for me now, or he'll have to admit me to hospital. I took the inhaler and GP option. My technique is rubbish - it keeps hitting my tongue instead and making it numb, but since I've used it my breathing feels better (but still not 100%).
So basically, I'm still reeling from them telling me it might be asthma. Going to the GP early tomorrow to try and get a breath test. Not sure what to do. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.