I'm new to this site and new to asthma and am having a hard time coming to terms with it and understanding what is wrong with me.
I had a spirometry test at the docs which came back normal but my symptoms said otherwise so was first started on ventolin, since then my symptoms seem to be getting more frequent so I've been stepped up on medication so apparently now I'm on step 3. What does this mean?
My symptoms are tight chest and shortness of breath and a cough but to be honest it doesn't really stop me doing anything, I get out of puff going up the stairs/walking to shops so need a minute to get my breath back, but thats about it. So I don't feel its that bad at all, however I get these symptoms 3-5 times a day, every day of the week which is why the nurse said I needed to step up treatment, but even she said it was only mild asthma. My peak flow is generally within 20% of my personal best (allbeit up and down) which far exceeds my predicted value. And looking on the internet your asthma needs to be bad (<80%) to be on step 3 so why am I there?
I wondered if its maybe just in my head and so have tried stopping taking the ventolin when I get a tight chest and let my body sort it out. Is this bad? Am I really at risk of having an asthma attack? I've never had an asthma attack before, surely if its only mild asthma I won't have one will I?
I'm getting confused and worried that it's all in my head and I'm taking medication that I don't need, can anyone please offer any advice?