Hi there, I'm 40 and I've had a diagnosis of asthma for years but it's never been properly diagnosed, treated or reviewed. I've sporadically had blue and brown inhalers but never felt they did much good. I've never really believed the asthma diagnosis because I don't have the classic symptoms such as wheezing or asthma attacks.
However, as long as I can remember, I've had terrible, debilitating dry coughs that are particularly bad at night and go on for weeks. They normally start with a cold. They lead to sleep deprivation and problems at school then uni then work as well as my social life and stress levels. It's particularly difficult because this happens several times a year so I have several weeks a year of barely any sleep and taking time off work.
I also have hay fever and a lot of allergies eg to dust and cats and I've also noticed that there's a slight whistling sound when I breathe.
I guess my question is does it sound like I have asthma and what treatment do you think would be helpful? Thank you.