Thursday, March 17, 2016
Today I went for my first pulmonary function test. I was diagnosed with asthma 20 years ago and have been on various medications off and on since then. Two weeks ago I ended up on steroids to deal with the worse asthma flair I have ever had. Today I did these tests and amazingly I heard back from the doctor this afternoon. Anyway, the tests didn't show that I have asthma! The lady doing the tests said they pointed toward asthma, but that I might need to go back for another test to determine the severity.
The doctor still believes I have asthma and prescribed me a new steroid inhaler to see if that helps. Apparently I might have some type of intermittent asthma. I guess this makes sense because I'll be fine for awhile and then start having trouble again. Then it gets better and the cycle starts again.
All I know is that a year ago I was training for a 5K and now I get winded reading books to my kids at work. I deliberately went without my inhaler for a couple days to make sure the tests were good and my chest is still tight and sore and the tests were negative. I just don't get it. An asthma specialist diagnosed me in college.
I guess all I can do now is be thankful my doctor believes me over the tests and go back if I don't see an improvement.