If it's not asthma, what could it be?
This year I've had repeated respiratory infections - five in six months. The only time I've really been well was February, and I've been sick continuously since Easter. With all the respiratory crud, my breathing went very bad and I was sent to a pulmonologist last month, who immediately told me I must have asthma. But the Pulmonary Function Tests came back normal, as did the spirometry they did at today's followup appointment. So now he says I do NOT have asthma and the normal PFT results rule out COPD. He's doing some more testing just to rule things out, but it doesn't sound like he has a clue what's going on. I'm fine when I'm sitting or lying still, but as soon as I start moving around I get very short of breath. I have to choose between which basic household task I'm going to do and which I'm going to ignore because I know I haven't got the breath or energy to do them all. I have trouble raising my voice loudly enough to sustain a conversation. I'm coughing occasionally during the day, but pretty much every night until I take cough medication to deal with it. My chest hurts on and off. I saw a cardiologist last week and he's going to do a test but he thought the problem must be my lungs. Before I got sick, I used to walk three miles several times a week for fun - now I can't even manage two blocks. And so on. I'm only 41 and I feel like a useless old wreck.
~ asthma, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, back problems, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia