Hi, I'm a 35 year old woman with no history of chest problems but asthma is in my family. In October last year I developed a cough which was still around in November, while at the drs for a problem with my skin I mentioned the cough and was sent for a chest X-ray as it had been ongoing for more than 6 weeks. This came back fine, I continued to cough until the end of January when I decided I needed to see a Dr again. Saw my gp on Jan 26th explained everything to her, she asked when I cough, I explained at nighttime when I try to sleep, first thing in the morning, during exercise and when encountering changes in air temperature. She asked if anyone in the family had chest problems, I explained my aunty and my son and also mentioned that my husband has asthma too. She said she thinks I have asthma and I need to do a spirometery test. I went to reception and the first appointment was for Monday the 15th February. In the past 2 and half weeks since seeing the Dr I feel like I've got worse, I'm exhausted constantly, I literally have no energy, I've started waking at night for a good couple of hours unable to breathe and the smallest thing is leaving me breathless. Is this normal? Should my symptoms have got so much worse in such a short space of time or could it be something else that is similar to asthma. I feel really down and tearful and I'm just wondering if this is normal with someone with untreated asthma? Thanks for reading this essay!