I am new here and have found reading through people's comments and experience very helpful so far, so thank you!
I wanted to see if anyone has any ideas on some symptoms I have been experiencing over the past 2 weeks - my doctor has diagnosed me with asthma and given me a peak flow meter and ventolin and sent me away to do 2 weeks worth of readings to gauge how bad the condition is. However I am unsure as to whether she actually listened to my symptoms!
I am a pretty healthy 33 years old, and 2 weeks ago I began waking up at 4am gasping and wheezing. During the day all was fine. It went away for a week, then again, 3 or 4 nights of waking up with wheezing. Now my chest is tight all the time. I feel as though it is a dry wheeze and accompanying cough but I do bring up some phlegm. The kicker is that less than a month ago I ran 10km in 60min (quite proud of that ), I tried running a few days ago and could not even run 1km without wheezing so badly I needed to stop!
I have smoked in the past but not extremely heavily or for very long, maybe 8-10 per day for 5 years. I stopped the day I woke up wheezing (2 weeks without a cigarette - proud of that too!).
My confusion lies in the fact that my peak flow readings are not too bad - I am meant to get 650, and I get 580-630. And the "suddenness" of the symptoms - i.e running 10km one week then less than 1km 18 days later..can asthma come on so rapidly? I think perhaps I may have COPD, but am unsure if this comes on rapidly as well?
I cannot get in to see my doctor for another 3 weeks, so I have reached out here and via the helpline in hope that someone may have had a similar experience to put my panicked mine somewhat at rest!
Anyway, thanks for reading and have a nice day.