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Is this asthma?
Apr 29, 2013
Hi all,

I've been having difficulty breathing pretty much consistently since 1/28 when I had a nasty chest cold or flu. The flu lasted about a week, and I was left with a lingering cough and the shortness of breath which the doctors treated with mucinex. But at that time, the issue was more of an annoyance than a serious issue as I could still walk around and work.

In mid February, I saw the doctor again to try to get rid of the remainder of the symptoms, and he thought it might be adult onset asthma, so he referred me to a pulmonologist, who put me on a steroid inhaler. I also had a second minor cold around this time. Two days later, my symptoms were drastically worse, and have been 'stuck' that way until now.

I've seen the pulmonologist several times, the cardiologist, and I've been hospitalized so they could run tests, an echo, blood work, arterial blood gas, and a CT scan, all normal. He thinks it's still an asthma diagnosis. I haven't had the spirometry tests yet, hopefully that will happen this week.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to respond to any medications. Not prednisone, inhaled steroids, albuterol, etc. I have severe GERD and a hiatal hernia and have been on PPIs for over a decade, the highest dose you can be on as well as additional zantac at night. I avoid all the foods I should avoid and... well, my stomach feels okay but if there's silent aspiration there's not much more I can do.

My sinuses are going nuts. Even with the neti pot, fluticisone, azelastine and claritin, my nose is still running sometimes, though it is much better.

I guess my question here is, I haven't felt like I've been able to breath since 1/28. And for a couple months now, I haven't been able to walk more than a few minutes before my chest starts feeling super tight, and I start coughing this dry cough really bad. Does anyone else have asthma like this? Especially asthma that doesn't respond to any medications?

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