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Inflammation

I was diagnosed asthmatic last year after very severe double pneumonia and sepsis. I don’t know much about asthma.

Is it normal to feel your airways are inflamed? For me this is the first sign that my asthma is flaring up. But after a recent flare I mentioned it to a locum g.p. and he asked how I knew they were inflamed. It has made me doubt myself.

My airway down the centre of my chest felt sore when I breathed in, this leads on to coughing and then mucus shortness of breath and if not dealt with several asthma attacks. Is this normal?

I take clenil as a preventer and ventolin as a reliever which doesn’t always work.

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Yes it is normal for your airways to be inflamed. I have a sore chest after an asthma attack which means my muscles in my chest having be working to help my lungs breathe. Signs of asthma flaring up asthma.org.uk/advice/manage... for a definitive answer.

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Hi itsmeithink hope your feeling better soon your diagnosis are exactly the same as mine I was rushed in hospital last November with life threatening asthma which I didn’t know I had was put to sleep in a coma for a week and I also got pneumonia and septis very lucky to be here the symptoms you are having are normal try some breathing exercises as your lungs take a long time to get back to normal after pneumonia good luck 👌

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Thank you elanaoali and sarahjane12. I got to see a different dr today who was more helpful. Apparently what I am feeling is inflammation of the trachea, which goes hand in hand with asthma. I was confused as they say the lungs have no nerves so you can’t feel pain there. Mine felt like my central airway was sore and irritated when I breathed in. My chest is still quite sensitive after a bad flare up 2 weeks ago and reacting to things I can normally do/use. It feels like it did after I had pneumonia. Dr has agreed I can use double the amount of my steroid inhaler for a bit longer and give it chance to settle down. Think I was expecting too much too soon.

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That soreness down the windpipe is exactly how I feel when I get a chest infection and/or asthma. It’s not just you.

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I get that feeling too! A deep inhale makes my airways feel inflamed; sore. What is that?

Are we supposed to be coughing up messy stuff? Is that normal? I'm in America, so not real good healthcare. "You have asthma." Why? And what treatment? "See me in 3 weeks." Why? I feel like going to a witch doctor in Mexico.

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I thought it was just me! I have been explaining to my G.P.'s that this is what I get as long as I can remember. I have been asthmatic since the age of 30(55 now) and have almost never had a wheeze but just soreness,tightness,cough and breathlessness. Their reaction is always the same, your chest is clear no wheeze, good peak flow, you are OK - no I'm not I can't breathe! We are all individuals, all different and asthma is never the same in two people.

Hope you continue to recover.

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Exactly the same as you’ve all described. Lungs are always clear but the tubes down to them, sore, itchy, inflammed.

Sometimes doctors just don’t understand. Very frustrating

Take care all, it’s cold out there (Scotland so maybe even colder) as soon as I step out the door I’m wheezing!

M

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