After a 10mn appointment, my GP told me I have asthma, and gave me a prescription for Ventolin and Steroids ("to take until the end of my life"). So far I have refused to use any drugs long term until I get a more thorough investigation.
So far my only symptoms are being prone to colds/flu/chest infections and a persistent dry cough (for over a year). I do not have a wheeze, and I do not have attacks. My lungs are clear (X-ray). I had one spirometry test which showed my lung capacity was at 67%. It increased by 15% after a couple of puffs of Ventoline. The Ventoline does not seem to have an effect on my cough. I always feel better when I exercise (it does not make me cough) and worse if I have to sit down for a long time, or when I sit in a reclining position.
Until I get referred to a Lung/Respiratory specialist, I am using a Mini Wright Peak Flow Meter and I report my readings on a chart.
1. Does any one know if asthma shows any typical patterns when using a Peak Flow Meter ?
2. My Peak Flow is around 400 on average, with occasional highs up to 425, and lows of 360, going down to 300 when I had a cold. Does anyone know if there is a particular Peak Flow average for a 56 year old woman ?
3. Also, based on the symptoms above, does this look like it could be asthma ? Sometimes I think it may be my vocal cords, as I have to clear my throat frequently.
Anyway, any comments, suggestions or advice would be welcome.