So about me: I'm 17, and a wannabe-international hockey player who has recently been diagnosed with asthma. I was asthmatic when I was little - I never had an attack but had both blue and brown inhalers, as did my siblings. By the age of 8 I'd 'outgrown' it and weaned off the inhalers. I have hay fever and eczema that I never outgrew though. Last year I got sick - really ill, after a while we discovered it was pneumonia. After lots of antibiotics and rest the infection went away, but I still had a really bad cough which stuck around for a while. We tried lots of treatments and in the end a course of prednisone seemed to help out and I was given a blue inhaler. I wasn't coughing 24/7 but noticed I would cough around certain things - outside in the summer, in the (dusty) attack, and when starting to jog again. So we went to the doctor again who diagnosed me with asthma, she said it can be triggered by viral infections and also since I had risk-factors like family history and allergies. My triggers are pollen, dust and exercise. I am on the Symbicort inhalers. The pollen and dust thing can be managed and is tolerable.
But the exercise thing is not - I want to be an athlete. I know my asthma is not severe and I shouldn't complain. I haven't had an attack and my symptoms are just chest tightness and wheezing and a bit of coughing. But can I ever be an athlete again if exercise brings on these symptoms? I can tolerate them, that's not the problem 0 it's my affected performance that is concerning me - will I ever be able to get to the same fitness again? Is it possible to do such things even with asthma?
Sorry for the long post, I just want to learn more about exercise-induced asthma, I don't really understand it. And I don't want to sound stupid when saying 'I want to aim play internationally, but I have exercise-induced asthma!'