I'm hope someone can help me with a nagging question. Many on this board have had problems with medical professionals not accepting an asthma diagnosis without wheezing being present. When I was diagnosed with Cough Variant Asthma last year, the doctor said that at that time I did not have a wheeze. Since then, I've ended up in the hospital once, and at my doctor's office with a a lung infection. During both those incidents, the attending physician and my doctor, have said they could hear a wheeze with a stethoscope (And always a nasty one at that!) But it was not audible without one.
So my question, does a wheeze have to be loud enough to be heard without an instrument to be a ""real"" wheeze?
I hope this made sense ..I did not mean it to become a Zen Koan!