I'm 48 and long story short, had 3 episodes of bronchitis in 2 months earlier this year. this, my specialist says, triggered adult asthma.
As Chest was always clear, not wheezing, o2 levels ok and as I also have a chronic cough (prolonged, deep) difficulty in inhaling ( can't use inhaler without spacer) the specialist wouldn't diagnose asthma as it ' didn't tick all the boxes'.
I've had several X-rays, hrct, tons of bloods ( inc cardiac), sputum and threat swabs. Only thing that showed was a nodule on lung ( which hasn't changed in last 4 years) and I have continued haziness on right lung base. Lung function test 63%
1st X-ray showed pleural opacities, but didn't show on hrct.
I recently spent a week in hospital following 2 acute attacks, where luckily they heard crackles and finally wheezing so she was more confident it was asthma, but she's still saying ' it doesn't tick all the boxes' and is just ?asthma.
Saw a ENT last week, and all clear. No sign of vocal cord dysfunction.
I'm on seretide 250 bd, ventolin, atrovent and nebs.
My symptoms have varied over the last 6 months, but a typical attack would cause painful tightness to chest ( by heart area) difficulty breathing in with long deep exhales.
My o2 levels can drop to 84 leading to attack hours later. Other times they don't. I get so much fatique I've hardly worked in last 2 months.
This month ( since I was discharged from hospital) I am very mucousy, and tonight's attack felt less tight in that area, but abut higher up . Lots of phlegm.
I am SO fed up of specialist and GP keep saying ' it's asthma, kinda' and that it isn't controlled...but not doing much to help me control it.
Even when discharged from hospital, the consultant said ' its asthma, but thats not the whole picture'
I know asthma is complex and affects everyone in difficult ways, but can anyone offer any advice ...before I loose my mind as well!!