I was recently diagnosed with asthma (well, I wasn't really diagnosed with it, I told my doctor I was having breathing problems and he immediately gave me pills that didn't help very much so I switched doctors and by that time everyone was just assuming I had asthma, so?) and I had to take one of those tests where you blow into that tube and it measures how much air your blowing, and mine had this cool computer with some candles on it and the candles went out as I would blow.
Anyway, when I got the results of the test back, my doctor said that they actually looked pretty normal. I don't really remember exactly what she said but what I got from it was "your lungs seem normal based on the amount of air you're blowing out of them." This was very concerning to me because well, don't I have asthma? Shouldn't I have at least slightly less than average lungs? And yeah, I know it doesn't work that way, but I'm just asking, is this a normal thing? My doctor didn't seem too worried by it and still upped my inhaler usage to a whopping 4 times a day, and prescribed me another one to use before/during exercise. And honestly, she pretty much told me to use these inhalers whenever I wanted, so? I felt like the tests maybe just showed that because I wasn't experiencing any symptoms at that time, but it still concerned me.
Wow so this is very long and I'm very sorry for that, I'm just very paranoid about everything and always want to make sure all the details are out there, blah blah blah. But basically what I'm asking is is it normal to take one of these tests when you aren't feeling any symptoms and still get a normal result even when you have asthma?
Also, is it safe to be using my inhalers the way that I am? I mean, I'm trying to follow the guideline my doctor gave me, but I still feel like I'm using my inhaler too much and am worried about the effects it's going to have on me. I use QVAR twice in the morning, twice in the evening, sometimes more if I really feel it throughout the day? And I use Xopenex two or three times before exercise and then whenever I feel it when exercising (which I have gotten pretty out of shape after breaking my toe and not being able to exercise for like 2 weeks, making my asthma pretty bad, so it feels like I am using it A LOT during exercise which is worrying.) Could there be any bad side effects of using them so much??
Thank you so much to everyone who forces themselves to suffer through reading my godawful attempt to put my worries into coherent thoughts, I really appreciate any feedback you have!!View Thread
Ok, thank you both so much for your answers!! I will probably try and visit my doctor again as soon as I can, but that might not be for a while because I'm very busy this summer. I don't think that I'm TOO out of shape, because I'm on a swim team so I swim for about an hour every day, 5 days a week. Even with my toe broken, I'm still getting quite a bit of exercise, and it is pretty hard for me because my asthma starts to get pretty bad after about 2 or 3 laps and sometimes I have to stop and use my inhaler again. I mostly know what my triggers are (heat, cold, sudden change in weather, humidity, exercise, and things I'm allergic to), but with triggers like those it's kind of hard to do anything about it.
Thank you for your advice on natural ways that should help, I really appreciate that and I will try to do those!! My problem is I am a very picky eater though so sometimes heating healthier is hard for me haha. I will be scheduling an appointment with my doctor soon! Reading about how you can become dependent on these meds really freaked me out because I'm still very young and thinking about taking all these meds every day for the rest of my life makes me miserable and I really do not want that. I mean I guess I could do it but with the results I am getting right now it just doesn't seem worth it.
Thank you so much for your response!!! It makes me feel a lot better knowing that it's normal, it has been worrying me for a while and I just don't have the time right now to make an appointment with my doctor to ask about it. I really appreciate your information, it's always nice to talk to someone else who actually has asthma and knows about these kind of things, because I don't really know anyone else who has asthma so it's harder to get someone else's personal experience. Thank you!!View Thread