Good Morning everyone,
Thank you if you have started to read this, I am sure you get lots of newbies on here looking for advice, so I thank you for your patience.
I have a question about spirometry (lung function tests) and I wonder if anyone can help me?
My basic history is this - I had a cough for over four and a half months at the beginning of the year - I had antibiotics and a chest x-ray (which came back clear) and yet it persisted. Eventually the doctor gave me a ventolin inhaler, and as if by magic the cough improved and eventually disappeared completely. I also found that i would need to sigh a lot, as if to fill my lungs properly. The Dr was happy for me to continue to take the ventolin as he said that it sounded as though i had developed asthma. He said to me that he was happy for me to just continue to take the ventolin as and when i needed it (which is still several times a week to today) but said he could send me for lung function tests to confirm asthma.
I went for the tests - and everything was fine - within normal ranges - and now i am very confused! Could this mean that i don't actually have asthma? I am not one to self-diagnose but have had a look at the symptoms on this site and many of them make sense to me. If i hadnt have had the lung function test i would have still been happy that i have asthma - especially as the ventolin stops me coughing and eases my breathing within seconds.
Sorry if i am rambling but i am very new to all of this and more then a little confused. The nurse who did the test advised me to make an appointment with the doctor - which i have for tomorrow - but i wondered if there was anyone here who could help put my mind at ease a little with thier own experience.
Thank you if you managed to get to the end of this!