I decided to write this post because I still don't really understand how the diagnosis of severe or brittle asthma is made. My whole life I only had very mild asthma but a viral infection made my asthma worse (there are a few posts about this) and all of a sudden I started having symptoms everyday and night almost continuously. I'm still struggling and I'm worried that I now have severe permanent asthma. However, I read that when you have severe asthma, it is supposed to show with spirometry. I've had several breathing tests done and they were all normal which led the doctors to believe that my asthma wasn't bad.
So, can you suffer from severe asthma and still have normal spirometry even during a flare up?
Also, as this is all new and scary to me, I would like to know if there are people here who struggle with severe asthma and how you deal with it ?
Right now when I read that people with asthma can live normal lives if they take their medications correctly I have a hard time believing it. There are so many people here who are taking all sorts of drugs from steroids to montelukast and even injections and yet they still end up in hospital and they are still struggling despite all this. I find that asthma is a condition that is often taken lightly. People think that you only have to use your inhaler when you can't breath and then everything becomes fine but sometimes it is not enough. I know that there are a lot of dreadful conditions that people suffer from but I really think that asthma is one of the worst conditions that exist.