I wrote a post on here the other day, long story short.... ? Asthma since March this year following bronchitis episodes.
Ever since started having ' attacks' I keep being told that it's asthma, but isn't' as my symptoms aren't text book.
When I was admitted to hospital following 2 acute attacks, they finally heard wheezing and crackles....was so happy I almost kissed the doctor!
However my specialist STILL won't say ' yes, its asthma....without adding.... but your not behaving typically asthmatic'
I despair now. She wants me to do asthma challenge test before my next lung function test to make sure ' we're not barking up the wrong tree'
Which I understand, but I don't.
I Ve had 8 months of this, haven't been able to work for last 3 months which is causing financial stress now.
No one will tell me why I'm not being typically asthmatic tho , so if I describe on here I was hoping people can tell me if sounds right or not?
I do have a chronic cough btw, which started at the same time, and I've always found it Harder to inhale.
'Attacks' can be slow building over hours or days. Or sometimes no warning, just bang
Feel tightness in chest, sometimes gripping type pain. Inhalers won't clear it completely so use nebs ( ventolin and atrovent work the best)
Feels like a wave.....becomes so intense, then slowly ebbs away. Can usually feel the sudden relaxation of chest.
I try to do small shallow breaths like they say, but of course it's a struggle most of the time.
I've become increasingly mucousy in last month, last nights attack made me feel like I was under water during attack. I cough abit ( chesty wheezy) and tend to sit with my shoulders back during it,
My X-rays are clear, nodule and ground glass opacities on ct scan. Blood work ok. Allergic to rye glass, dogs/cats ( had skin prick test) lung function showed lower end normal for spirometry, carbon monoxide gas transfer reduced to 63%. Also noted was eactatic ascending aorta. ENT gave all clear on endoscope.
I take seretide 250mg bd, ventolin, atrovent via spacers or inhalers. And pantoprazole.
Specialist ruled out copd.
She, and GP, say my asthma isn't controlled at all....which why suspecting other factors at play, or if ' just' asthma. Seretide is my life line since this all happened as helped with fatique I was getting ( which I still get at times tho)
I feel like I've spent months of ' is it or isn't it' .... finally in hospital they said it was ( although something else also going on) but I felt so relieved to finally get diagnoses, now I feel back to square one.
Having never had asthma before ( I'm 48) I don't know what it is that I'm doing / not doing for them to be saying this all the time!