I am new to this page and I live in Australia. It has been very helpful to read through people’s experience here. I gathered cottage to write my own experience.
I am a 47 year old male and had Asthma since childhood. It was always well controlled. I never been on Asthma medications for more than two weeks for each attack.
I had an incident in early December 2018 which I thought was another Asthma attack. My GP put me on Flutiform 250/10 two puffs twice a day. I was barely able to walk 5 minutes without needing to use reliever. GP refered me to a specialist after two weeks because my situation didn’t improve. In December2018 I been to A&E for about 5 times for feeling short of breath. They run various tests like spiromettry, ECG, 24 hr Holter monitor, chest X Ray, echocardiography, CT scan and one another test which check for any blood clots in the lungs ( I forgot name of the test). All these came back normal. My oxygen saturation was good. I always had good oxygen saturation on my all previous Asthma attacks. A&E doctor could not find why I am short breath. They send me home each time.
I saw my specialist this week. He believes that I don’t have Asthma because I do not have any wheezing, cough etc other than shortness of breath. I explained him that I didn’t always had these symptoms during my previous Asthma attacks which responded well to Asthma medication. He send me away for another lung function teat which is scheduled on mid February.
I still don’t have a clear diagnosis for my breathlessness. I fell like Asthma because it is not different from what I felt during my previous Asthma attack. Only difference is it not going way this time. I was hoping that specialist would change me medication which he didn’t..
It so frustrating and wondering if anybody was in similar situation.