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    Old 05-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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    Dr. Says I have Asthma

    Ok, I had asthma when I was a child. Mostly when someone mowed the grass, or when excesizing. I remember having asthma attachs and wheezing. I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps and never once used an inhaler... (mostly because I couldn't let them know I had it) The doctor back then had told my mom and I that I had allergies and asthma and since I had it as a child I would likely grow out of it. I have not had an asthma attack since I was a child. I had bronchitis about a month ago, and when I went for my yearly physical today, I mentioned to her that I think I have a sinus infection, and that I was still having some chest issues from the bronchitis. She gave me a peak breath test and it was 340. She says I have asthma. I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this, since I never have asthma attacks like I did when I was younger. How can I have asthma with no attacks?

     
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    Old 05-31-2012, 03:19 AM   #2
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    Re: Dr. Says I have Asthma

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    ... How can I have asthma with no attacks?
    Do you ever have episodes where your breathing is restricted, or labored, or uncomfortable for extended periods of time, especially at night?
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    Old 05-31-2012, 04:57 AM   #3
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    Re: Dr. Says I have Asthma

    Not really, only since this bronchitis I had, and that did feel like asthma. I was wheezing, couldn't take a deap enough breath.... Now I just seem to have a cough that won't go anywhere. Like I have loose flem in my chest and it just kinda moves around. It's not a deep cough. And I guess when I excersize (which I haven't done in over a year) I would have a hard time breathing, but doesn't everyone?

    I just think it's strange.

     
    Old 05-31-2012, 05:10 AM   #4
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    Re: Dr. Says I have Asthma

    Bronchitis can result in asthma so I imagine that is what has happened to you. And, no, not everyone has problems breathing after/during exercise. Go see a pulmonologist for a proper evaluation. Also, the peak flow of 340 is lower than mine and I'm a 5'2" 66 year old female asthmatic. I imagine that 340 for you is pretty poor. Also, chest tightening is an asthma symptom.

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    Old 05-31-2012, 05:34 AM   #5
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    Re: Dr. Says I have Asthma

    I had very mild asthma (exercise induced) as a child and grew out of it. I have bad allergies so my allergist had me carry an inhaler but I pretty much never used it. I am now 28 years old and last year I got bronchitis. It triggered adult onset asthma and now I take medication daily. It certainly can happen.

     
    Old 05-31-2012, 09:13 AM   #6
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    Re: Dr. Says I have Asthma

    Same for me. It started after bronchitis.

     
    Old 05-31-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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    Re: Dr. Says I have Asthma

    It's VERY common for chest infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, even a bad cold) to trigger asthma in someone who doesn't have issues with it the rest of the time. Up until this year, I've only needed to use my inhaler for a couple of weeks after I've had a cold. The rest of the time my lungs have been fine. I went three or four years without even owning an inhaler because I never used the last one once. This year I caught a bad bug and I've had really bad asthma for the first time in my life, but I hopefully expect it to clear up again soon.
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