Hello everyone, apologies if this is a little long winded but I've not been able to get this out of my mind all week.
I have previously been treated for GERD. I was given a tablet which took away all the symptoms. Around the end of summer I noticed some of the symptoms started to pop back, mainly - a really tight chest and the feeling that I can't breathe properly. I was becoming out of breath walking to the bus stop (a 4 minute walk) and sometimes even out of breath just talking.
The doctor had told me over and over again that this was all caused by inhaled stomach acid from the GERD, but after trialing another medication and a similar effect, all but the breathing problems cleared up - She decided to try some breathing tests.
So she did a peak flow test, which she described as "pathetic" and sent me for a chest X Ray and booked me in for Spirometry (Which sadly isn't for over a month)
The chest X ray had to be re-done as I was told I had long lungs, which was a shocker because with my current tight chest I thought I must have tiny lungs.
Given that there's a history of allergies and asthma in my family the doctor said it's possibly that and I'm at a total loss for what to think.
My auntie who suffers pretty bad asthma bought me a peak flow meter and told me I should be able to blow 600. The worst I've done was 475(ish) and the best was 525(ish) but strangely I blew the 525 when my chest felt tight, how does that make any sense?
I have so many questions... firstly, my symptoms vary a lot. I have good weeks and bad weeks, what do I do if the day of my spirometry appointment is a good week?
I don't cough, or wheeze (well very infrequently), and I thought these were the hallmarks of asthma?
Cold air is supposed to be a trigger, but cold air often makes me feel better. Conversely, humid and warm air makes my chest feel tight, surely that doesn't make sense?
I'm 24 years old, I gave up smoking at the start of 2017 because of this exact tight chest feeling and the impact it was having on me. Over a year later I still have it, and I don't smoke.
I must admit, I'm really very concerned as to what this is...
Any input or advice is greatly appreciated because I didn't even know what asthma was until about a week ago (I thought it had something to do with peanut allergy... )