I wanted to ask other suffers about their symptoms. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was really young I'm now 24 and up until last year it never bothered me much. Last year at this sort of time I went to my doctors to get a dose of steroids as I sometimes did when my asthma had been bad. I'd been struggling when exercising and a bit breathless. I went back on the brown inhaler and got a dose of steroids but it continued to get worse. A week later I was off work as I work in a contact centre and I was so breathless talking all day was impossible. I was off for 4 weeks, had chest X-rays, a few visits to a and e, etc. since then I've been put on forstair, montelukast a spacer and regular anti histamines and a nose spray for the tightness in my throat. When bad I'm using my blue inhaler though my spacer 10+ times a day.
All along I very rarely wheeze and this has confused many doctors. My question is do you have to wheeze to have asthma? My main problem is breathlessness and its really affecting my life. This time of year it's really bad and if its windy outside it gets much much worse. The latest doctor has said as there's no wheeze he isn't convinced its asthma. He's not changed my medication but referred me to a specialist. I'm really fed up as I'm off work again and still a year later no answers! Does anyone else have similar problems where they are breathless but don't wheeze? My doctor said when he listened to my chest it sounded fine and the air goes in and out nicely. I understand this as it feels like it does but only to a point. I can't breathe deeply so when talking I run out of air very quickly and it's very tiring. If I try to fill my lungs I get a really uncomfortable feeling like you do when you've been winded. I'm so confused?
Any help advice or experiences would be much appreciated