Hello! So recently some stuff happened and I'm just looking for any sort of heads up in the right direction
I'm nineteen now, but when I was young, I had really bad asthma. I remember hospital trips and always carrying around my inhaler but I don't really remember anything about it but attacks because by the time I was ten or so, my asthma seemed to have gone away. Everyone assumed I'd grown out of it because I didn't have any other attacks save for feeling a little chesty in cold weather now and then.
A few months ago, I went to my doctor with a cough (very bad - caused me to lose my breath, coughing up mucus, at one point I thought I was going to die because I couldn't breathe) and he said I had a chest infection and gave me some antibiotics for three days. I took the course, but the cough didn't ease so I went back a couple of weeks later. He then took a mucus sample and I waited for the results but they came back normal, so he told me the cough would go away on its own.
A month passed and my cough is still horrendous, as well as this, when I breathe in, my chest seems to vibrate. I have a horrible and constant stabbing pain in my ribs which everyone has assumed is from all the coughing - perhaps it's bruised or I have a strained muscle. So, I waited a month and went back the other day
The doctor listened to my chest again and said I sounded wheezy, asked about a history of asthma and then prescribed me some inhalers and said it looks like it has come back
My issue is that I don't even trust him and it's making me so paranoid - I can't remember what it's like to have asthma so I don't know if my cough is really it? Is the mucusy cough and vibrating chest common symptoms? There also haven't been any triggers, this whole thing has been constant. My doctor hasn't been much help at all, I asked him about the asthma and he said "You can pick up the inhalers from any chemist" as a dismissal and my anxiety is stopping me from going back to see him. I just can't help thinking, what if he's wrong? Does it sound to any of you like my asthma has come back? Should I take his word and try to deal with this, or would you recommend something else?