Hello! I'm 16, and I'm trying to figure my life out haha. I've always wanted to go into military service, but it just occurred to me that my past and current state might be an issue when it's time to sign up and get things ready. So basically, when I was 8, was when I originally got bronchitis and it cleared up with just steroids, but then it came back at age 9, and then 11 and then the last time was at 12. The last three times, I was given inhalers (i had different doctor's every time and they liked to give them out like candy) to help clear up some congestion, but I was never diagnosed with asthma. I was always just told "you might, so to be safe we'll give you this." Years past, and i did have some difficulty when I exercised, but it was honestly mainly due to my diet and how inactive I was as a kid when I grew into my teen years trying to become more active. Now I'm 16, and working out just fine, but I noticed sometimes in the morning when I go for a run, there's the faintest wheeze when I breathe in, but I can get rid of it when I clear my throat. And I also have A LOT of mucus. It's definitely cleared up the past month, because I'm still kind of recovering from sinusitis that I got in April. (Weird, i know). I hate having to spit up so much and the sound of the slight wheeze makes me anxious that I might have asthma. I went to get a spirometer test done with a new doctor, but the nurse administered the test to me incorrectly (she didn't give me nose plugs, so my lung function came back at ridiculously low number) and the doctor told me to go see a specialist. But I can't just go see a specialist, they're expensive. Everyone keeps telling me ill be fine, and if I have asthma then i "would know", but it still just makes me anxious in case I do. My doctor said there's cases of people with asthma that work out just fine like me, but their asthma is "controlled", (she thinks I have exercised induced asthma) so that would disqualify me from the military. But I honestly have never had an asthma attack, and I haven't felt the need to use an inhaler in over 3 years, other than the very faint wheezing (until I clear my throat) and the mucus in the back of my throat that I need to spit up, and also very rarely, when I laugh really hard, there's like a rattling sound, but of course, she was worried I was lying and gave me another inhaler anyway. So what do you guys think? Are there any at home tests I can do to see if I do?
Edit for anyone who cares haha: I went to see a specialist and I took my mother with me. I passed the spirometry with flying colors with a 98% lung function, but he gave me this FeNO test that I've never done before. He said my number had to be under 25, I scored a 28. He told me he had to assume I was growing out of my asthma because of my number and I told him my allergies were really bad that day and I was coughing and had chest congestion and he said the test picked up that I was sick, but because I was doing cross country this school year, he gave me rescue inhalers as a precaution. It was so great to hear that this won't hold me back in my dream career and I want to thank you all who replied with your advice. You really made a difference and without it, I wouldn't have given the effort to have seen the specialist and have given up my dream. (: