Confused by my diagnosis

I was diagnosed about a week ago after a bout of coughing, tightness in my chest and dizzy spells. I have suffered the same kind of bouts for the last two years but this is the first time asthma was mentioned. Previous times it was diagnosed as bronchitis or viral respiratory infection. I was prescribed ventolin and clenil and started feeling better almost instantly and now feel better than I have for years.

I am just confused about why it took so long to diagnose or is it possible the diagnosis is still wrong? I take daily doses of avamys and fexofenadine for my allergiesand end up on prednisolone about twice a year. Could this have masked the symptoms?

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  • Seems a bit silly they hadnt thought of asthma before since you clearly have allergies anyway and they tend to go hand in hand. Glad you're feeling better now. Don't make the mistake I made and get complacent with your clenil when you feel better. X

  • Did you consider getting second opinion? I mean go to some doctor who doesn't know you and show him all your results and describe the symptoms and what was going on with you for the last two years. See what they say. If you feel better then the diagnosis should be correct however it weird that it took the doctors so long to realize the nature of a problem.

  • I was diagnosed about a week ago after a bout of coughing, tightness in my chest and dizzy spells. I have suffered the same kind of bouts for the last two years but this is the first time asthma was mentioned. Previous times it was diagnosed as bronchitis or viral respiratory infection. I was prescribed ventolin and clenil and started feeling better almost instantly and now feel better than I have for years.

    I am just confused about why it took so long to diagnose or is it possible the diagnosis is still wrong? I take daily doses of avamys and fexofenadine for my allergiesand end up on prednisolone about twice a year. Could this have masked the symptoms?

    Family doctors are also likely to be confused when trying to work out what the diagnosis is to be. They have hundreds of symptoms to consider and very often they will refer their patients for further tests and investigations. For these reasons, a wrong diagnosis is common.

    In the UK, family GPs are under great pressure from millions of ill people so it is the patients who need to be a bit more patient. A person who suffers asthma attacks is also likely to be suffering from other medical conditions that can be a bit confusing.

  • Hi

    Also have Asthma don't really have ""attacks"" just permanent wheeze,cough and shortness of breath. It's an ideal (not) companion for my permanent AF.

    For my AF they initially prescribed beta blockers - felt awful and Asthma became worse, nebivolol was perhaps the one causing least trouble.

    Now on Ramipril and Slozem which seem to maintain AF at reasonable level and not really worsen asthma

    Can't confirm if cough is asthma or drug related.

    So I agree it can be confusing to all involved.

    Keep your head up

    Eddie

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