I have been diagnosed with asthma t a few months ago and I must admit it was a shock.I always though of asthma as something kids got and they 'wheezed' as they took breaths.
Well I do not generally do that. no mine shows as an uncontrolable cough that takes over. That andpains in my chest (NOT heart!!). It can ffel like I have just been 'speared' by someone.
I spent the summer on high doses of Predniselone (sp?) and not being ablew to walk more then a couple of hundred yards before being exhausted.
When they said 'you have asthma', I though NO WAY! If I have asthma, I'll show my A** to the Pope!'
So now I am awaiting my invite to the Vatican lol.
But looking back my dad had asthma for a lot of his life and everyone thought it was a 'smokers cough'. Only after this happening to me did it make sense.
I have suffered from a bad cough for years but put it down to meds, the cold, you names it!
It is surprising how even the most 'level headed' person can 'justify' something away.
So now I take my brown inhaler twice a day (four puffs at the moment!) and keep my blue near at hand. I needed the blue one two days ago but after a couple of puffs, I was ok again.
I have worked nearlly all my working life in air conditioned clean rooms/computer rooms. I do not think that they have helped me.
It has been an eye opener to me and I am sure that a lot of people do not realise just how wide ranging asthma is and how it can affect you. Reading some posts on here, I think I have got off lightly. I have only had one year of really bad times (bad enough to think about stopping (life)). Some it seems have it bad all the time.
Be well my friends