Hiya, im new here, mainly looking up information on asthma. Ive been told recently by my gp that i may have developed it. Back in november i was getting a tight chest and pains, heart racing and an incredibly bad cough and got a check up to be told i likely had a virus. Fast forward to past new year and my cough was as bad as ever and after being short of breath, tight chest and having nasty amounts of mucus i popped to a walk in centre after work one day thinking that i may have a chest infection. There i discovered that i had popped 2 ribs through severe coughing and also had 2 ecgs to rule out any underlying heart condition and was advised to see my gp for a second opinion which i did last friday. So off i got to the doctors and whilst there he asked me to blow into a peak flow meter which after 5 go's determined that my reading wasnt very great. He then asked me about any family history of asthma, a lot of my family on one side have it and so he's quite sure that i may have developed it. I also suffer with eczma and hayfever bad. I was given a ventalin inhaler and an appointment was made for me to see the asthma nurse in our gp practice. Ive known a number of people who have asthma who lead perfectly normal lives but something inside me just panics a bit as i have no idea of what to expect and im feeling quite shocked as i thought i just had a chest infection! Id never suspected that it may be asthma as so far ive not really wheezed at all, just short of breath and a tight chest that can be painful at times, especially in mornings and at night! Sorry to rant, just a newbie without much clue i guess!
Im told my appointment with the nurse will last roughly 30 mins but what shall i expect to happen? i was a bit too shocked at the time to ask my gp!