Recently I began checking my peak flow meter more often trying to catch my symptoms in the act. I've found that the forced exhaling into the meter actually relieves some of my symptoms, as does some coughing from a recent cold I've caught. Even a few days back, I had symptoms of a bad stomach ache and bloating; when these were in play I felt less problems with my breathing. When they stopped, I felt my old "asthma" again.
My breathing symptoms can break through all the inhalers I've tried, and are especially prominent in the cold weather or when I sleep less. I never cough outside of my cold, or wheeze. I just get a tight chest and shortness of breath. The chest tightness radiates into my throat, so it feels like nothing is going into my lungs, so nothing can get out either. It isn't hyperventilation to my knowledge, because I never get pins and needles or a racing heart. In fact I only get the racing heart as I struggle to breath more-! (Makes my vision go too, and my anxiety goes through the roof)
I'm extremely unorthodox for an asthma patient, and I'm actually starting to wonder if I have asthma at all? My physio suggested the blue inhalers - which do help me a little - untighten my chest and relieve my breathing, but that I actually have what she calls "overbreathing" or dysfunctional breathing mechanisms. She seemed adamant that it wasn't hyperventilation, despite how similar it sounds.
What is a definitive way to tell the difference between asthma and anxiety symptoms. A huge part of me begs for it to be anxiety, because then it can be cured.