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Old 07-15-2011, 04:05 AM   #1
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Is this asthma?

I used to get what the doctor called "bronchial asthma" as a kid and up until I was about 15 (when I grew out of it) every time I'd get a cold and it'd always turn into bronchitis.

I would never get actual attacks, but just wheezing and only when I breathed in. I could breathe out just fine. I used a Ventolin inhaler for relief when I needed it, though mostly it would open my lungs up but not stop the wheezing for very long. I found coughing and trying to clear my chest that way helped a lot more.

Anyway, so now I'm 32 and over the past 5 or so years I notice whenever I laugh a lot for a short while, afterwards I feel very wheezy and restricted in my chest.

When I breathe in, it's this hissing sort of rushing sound of shhhhh...and it feels like my lung capacity has shrunk to a fraction of its normal size...and when I breathe out, it whistles really loudly. Everyone can hear.

If I cough, this goes away for about 20 seconds before it returns again.

But within 20 minutes of not laughing, I'll be fine and there'll be no wheezing or lung restriction.

Is this asthma? I don't have a Ventolin inhaler anymore and this always goes away on its own.

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Old 07-15-2011, 04:23 AM   #2
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Re: Is this asthma?

It very well could be a mild case. Have it checked out by a pulmonologist.

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Re: Is this asthma?

See your Dr and get a Peak Flow test. This measures your breathing capacity.
I'm an Asthmatic myself, and you don't want to wait until things get worse. It may be Asthma but it could also be an Allergy or Pollen related.
I wish you well, Solofelix.

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