I've been sick for 3 1/2 weeks now. It started out as a cold (week one), then went to more coughing and stuff (week two), and I went to the doctor who said bronchitis. Wasn't feeling much better, still had coughing and tight chest, went back to the doctor twice, and the first time they said maybe something bacterial so I got antibiotics, and the second time said oh, maybe asthma because the cough and tight chest have been going on for so long, but then said no because there was no wheezing so it must be an adenovirus (week 3).
So the latest doctors visit was Monday, and I have to say, I'm not feeling any better...Still coughing on and off (had a fit of coughing the other day that lasted 20 minutes, and that was with taking Tessalon Perles, drinking tea with honey and sitting in a steamy bathroom), chest still feels tight, and I'm still absolutely exhausted!
Could I possibly have asthma? As I said, my doctor said no because she didn't hear any wheezing, but I know that what I have are symptoms. She just said that it's the virus clearing up and that's what's causing it all.
It is possible to have asthma and not wheeze. I have what is called "cough variant asthma." My primary symptom is a deep nasty cough. I don't test positive for asthma on the tests that are supposed to tell you if you have it or not. I'm just one of the odd ducks. I was diagnosed by the fact that the medications I take make a difference.
See if you can get your doctor to give you a breathing treatment in the office. If it helps you, that would be a strong indicator that you may have asthma. Otherwise try to get some rest and see if it doesn't get better on it's own. If you get really bad go to urgent care or the ER and say you have asthma. And if your doctor doesn't seem to help, look for a new one, possibly a pulmonologist or asthma/allergy doc.
Take care and don't give up until you get the help you deserve.
That's the thing...I've been resting like crazy. I've missed a lot of school, and I take naps...And you would think that after this long, I'd be better. But I'm not. I have a feeling I'll be going back to the doctor as she said if I wasn't better in a week to go in again.
i have mentioned this a few times on the boards, my PC doctor said i didnt have asthma because I didnt have the classic sign of "wheezing". For two years i had a hunch i may have it as no matter what i did i was exhaused, breathless, etc... but he told me no. During the year i was getting worse, nauseas, trouble breathing, chest tightness, tiredness, etc.... in May i really had trouble breathing and went to an allergy specialist for regular allergy testing and she just happened to give me the breathing test. Well she diagnosed my problem right away and i was so thankful for her. I got inhalers, etc.....Im not 100% but the meds are helping most of the time and im so relieved that i went outside of this doctor. He too thought the classic sign was "wheezing" which i didnt have.
Even after going back to my PC and telling him what my new diagnosis was, he had the nerve to smirk and tell me "oh those breathing tests are off sometimes". Thats all nice but i know my body and probably would have died if i listened to him. You definitely know when you feel like you are breathing through a straw and the horrible tiredness that follows it. Nothing and i mean nothing (even sleeping straight through the night and eating a great diet didnt do anything for me so i knew something was very wrong). Go outside of this doctor and get a 2nd opinion from someone who knows more about this.
Last edited by Ginger9909; 10-16-2008 at 01:16 PM.
Yes definitely go outside of that doctor if you get the same answer. My doctor is old and obviously thinks everything has to have the classic signs. I have even brought up heart issues being its in my family and he told me "oh you are only 40 years old" you shouldnt have problems. It wasnt until my asthma diagnosis that he actually did an echocardiogram to double check things.
I have cough variant asthma as well. I rarely have obvious wheezing with my asthma. I think that went years with active asthma before it was officially diagnosed. My cough was always attributed to allergies and sinus problems.
Here is a list of other asthma signs outside of the obvious wheezing. I found out earlier this summer through a really observant doc that there are other symptoms that are also associated with asthma. I hope these help.
Asthma Early Warning Signs
itchy or sore throat
dark under eye circles
stuffy, runny or congested nose
mood change--grouchy or extra quiet
itchy, glassy or watery eyes
change in face color- pale or flushed
heart beating faster
The warning signs in bold are ones that I have been experiencing recently: cough
itchy chin itchy or sore throat dark under eye circles
stuffy, runny or congested nose tiredness
mood change--grouchy or extra quiet itchy, glassy or watery eyes thirst sneezing
stomach ache headache
change in face color- pale or flushed
heart beating faster trouble sleeping
So, I guess there's a fair number of them.
As to whether I can go to a pulmonologist on my own...I believe my mom's insurance allows you to make appointments freely even with specialists, but I'm not sure...Not that my parents would take me unless the doctor said they should. (I'm 17 by the way, almost 18, but am still in high school, live at home, and have no money).