Is it Asthma? Really? What's Next?

Since I started running last July, I've had a problem breathing.  At first, I thought it was because my lungs needed to build capacity and that was causing a lot of mucus and coughing, even so much that it would block my airway for a split second when I was running (and scare me!). 

It never stopped, though.  I never did build up what I thought was lung capacity, and when I started running outside in December, out in the cold, it got worse.  I thought that my lungs once again had to build up capacity for running outside and dismissed the additional shortness of breath and additional mucous that had accompanied it, but the airway blockage still scared me.

Then my dermatologist gave me an antibiotic for my dermatitis, and for some reason, my coughing got out of control.  Mark started counting how many times I was coughing when we were on a call (that's 12, that's 13, that's 14...) to bring it to my attention.  Yesterday I had to leave the class because I kept coughing and then had a serious coughing fit in class and just left school.  I had run that morning and hadn't been able to stop coughing all the way to school, even though I took cough medicine.

I went to the doctor today - first time I've been to a family doctor in probably 20 years, and he thinks I may have cough-variant asthma, which is so weird, because I've never had asthma.  But I'm not sure that's what it is, I mean, I took the breathing test (lung capacity test) at the doctor and it was 48 when he said 85 was normal (what that means!), I had a chest xray done and go in to see him in a few days for the results, and he gave me an inhaler.  The breathing treatment they gave me (which was weird to me) has made me cough even more, I don't know if that is normal. 

He said he may send me to a lung specialist, and the xray technician acted really weird after she took my xrays.  Maybe I was reading too much into it, but she asked me about symptoms she couldn't have known and only if she had seen things that he told me she wouldn't be able to see.  She could have just been guessing, but isn't there a million reasons to get a chest x-ray for coughing, which is the reason I listed?  But wouldn't she have just said nothing if she hadn't seen anything?  Why would she have been curious unless she had seen something?  So now I'm waiting for the doctor to call, now that I've read all the reasons my lung capacity test could have been 48 besides it just being asthma.  Now I see that I will breathe a sigh of relief if it is just asthma.   

When the doctor gave me the inhaler, he said normally he would give me stronger drugs along with it, but since I was already on so many medications, he didn't want to do that.  But I told him I just wanted to be able to run and breathe, and to stop coughing!  I felt like he was holding the golden ticket and wasn't giving it to me!  But he repeated what he said, and that we would discuss it again after the xray came back. 

I feel like my health is quickly declining.  Yes, it could be so much worse, I realize that.  I don't have cancer (at least I hope not), no debilitatating disease, yet really?  Hearing loss and probably asthma diagnosed in four months (I guess okay, dematitis too), along with sinus surgery?  It really sucks.  Is this what happens when you start getting older, because if it is, it sucks.


In the Pink said...

Good health is wasted on us while we're young and stupid. Then when we get older and more mature and capable of utilizing ourselves we start to decline in health. It sucks.

KansasSunflower said...

That's so true! We think we're invincible when we're young, and then one day, BOOM! We find out we're not. It really does suck!

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