Hi. I used to have asthma as a teen but haven't had ANY trouble for 17 yrs. The last couple of months I have had a few bouts of terrible chest pain... mostly when I breathe in... because it's painful it then makes me more breathless as it hurts to get deep breaths. I have had all tests on heart, ecg, x-rays and scans and blood tests to rule out heart probs or clots and pleurisy. The docs in the hospital were totally baffled. Sent me home to rest and thought perhaps it was muscular. The pain lasted several days... came back a week later for a few days and then returned a couple of weeks later again for a few days. My GP referred me for lung function tests with asthma nurse (she's great and has helped me with my son who is asthmatic).
Anyway, apparently my lungs performed fine...she used a machine and we did a stress test. Then she gave me some ventolin and repeated the tests... and there was an 18% improvement in my lung function... apparently 20% is an asthma diagnosis. SO she thinks asthma is my problem and I now have to use a peak flow meter for a month and go back to see her. To be honest... the inhaler HAS helped my chest pain (she said to use it if I get pain).
My questions are... is it really possible to have asthma and ONLY have chest pain? I have no wheezing at-all. She said my presentation isn't normal but the test is conclusive. Anyone had this?
Also... if my lungs function fine without ventolin... then why take it? She said that if I didn't have asthma the ventolin wouldn't make ANY difference but an 18% increase is good and obviously I 'need it'. But surely... if my readings are great without it... why do I need them to be even higher? It's so confusing! I don't mind taking an inhaler but only if I really need it.
SO basically... I just wanted to see if anyone can identify with any of this! Thanks for your advice and thoughts...