What's the best type of Doctor to see to diagnose asthma? Some asthma questions...
I have had mild/moderate asthma and severe allergies all my life. I've never sought treatment for either and just lived with the wheeze/allergy symptoms when they came on or took OTC meds. Now at 41, I've been having a lot of wheezing upon exhalation, and I've had this now for a few months. It's draining me physically. I feel tired, winded, and irritable a lot. I care for my 4 year old daughter and my husband has just been diagnosed with Epstein Barr, so I'm also doing a lot for him, so as you can probably guess, I need to feel 100% most of the time, or at least be able to breathe normally again. I now have an awful cold that has gone straight to my chest, and all I've been doing is coughing and wheezing for the last two days. I've had enough!! I saw a pulmonolgist a few months ago, and he listened to my chest, heard no wheeze, but said I definitely have asthma by my other symptoms. He started to suggest a whole bunch of meds and inhalers to me, wanted to do a breathing test, etc., which I never had done. I also had a chest x-ray(at my request) to rule out anything serious like lung cancer or nodules, and it was perfectly clear and negative. I wasn't crazy about him and did not go back to him after getting negative chest x-ray results.
I saw an allergist last week, who is treating my daughter for food allergies. He is very nice, and has a wonderful bedside manner. I mentioned my asthma and wheezing to him, and told him maybe he could do some testing on me in the Spring. He told me absolutely NOT to wait until Spring, that chronic wheezing is not good for the lungs, and to make an appointment with him ASAP for a breathing test and other allergy testing. I set up the appointment for early November. So my original question is this-Is it better to see an allergist, pulmonolgist or regular MD to diagnose asthma? Who of the three is the most experienced? And what inhalers are the best with the least side effects? My worry is that the side effects from these inhalers are worse than living with the wheeze and cough that I get a lot, so I want to be sure I'm seeing the right type of Doctor to treat this.
Sorry for the long post-hopefully someone can give me some advice on a lot of the questions I asked here. I'm just tired of living with wheezing and sinus drainage for 10 months out of the year, and I hope to finally maybe get on some meds that can help clear my lungs so I can breath again!