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I have a number of symptoms that suggest yes, but my peak flow readings are usually good. That said, Im a runner so maybe that helps keep it up?? Im 44 and my peak flow is 400- 450.
Basically I feel wheezy and tight chested after being out in the cold, especially after exercising. Most days I also get a horrible dry cough that ends up making me retch, a kind of heaving/tickly sensation I can't stop. I had a scary five minutes today when I was out and started coughing and just couldnt stop and couldnt get my breath at all. I was really starting to think I was in trouble. But it did calm down eventually. Most days I feel tight in the chest but docs say I am not wheezy when they listen. So who knows? Would I be wasting my time to use an inhaler? TIA for any thoughts.
I don't know enough about peak flows, but I've worked & chatted a lot with an asthma expert about this. Especially after DH had a faulty asthma diagnosis that went away after being rediagnosed as pneumonia & treated with several types of antibiotics.
The problem is that the term is now a large umbrella for a huge range of conditions. So could be, could not be, not always easy to diagnose even by experts. The real question is whether your breathing is causing you problems that need addressing.
I can get very bad won't-stop coughs when I've got sinus colds but they go away if I mange them properly (decongestants & methylated sweets will do the job).
Is a spirometry conclusive, disappointed? Funnily enough I has one last year. I was ill for ages, breathless and weak, peak flow of 270 for over 2 months...yet the spirometry came back normal. Was diagnosed as having a virus. I feel like I have been generally worse since then.
I don't know PMT but I do know it diagnosed me. The asthma nurses were spitting chips at the apparent stupidity of the GP as I was a "classic asthmatic"
That's interesting lijkk, they sent me for a chest xray before the spirometry and apparently I was recovering from viral pneumonia. They were still not going to follow it up though without me nagging and I have wondered, a) how they could tell it was viral just from an x-ray and b) whether it is actually asthma because it followed a period of illness and didn't hit until me late thirties.
I would phone up and specificaly book an appt with the nurse for an asthma review. Your symptoms sound similar to mine. I was only diagnosed 4 years ago but have had them since childhood, had just thought it was normal for me. When I take the preventer inhaler properly (morning and night) makes such a difference! I do still have very loud cough which frightens people who don't know me, those that do know not to pay me any attention :-)