Hi, I’m a newcomer to this board. I’m a 62-year-old male in good physical condition (normal BP and good cholesterol readings, excellent nuclear stress test 2 years ago).
I was recently diagnosed with asthma after having the following symptoms for several months: coughing, mild wheezing at night, occasional shortness of breath, frequent throat-clearing, discomfort (tightness) about 2 inches below my Adams Apple when taking a deep breath. Pulmonologist did a chest x-ray and breathing tests.
I’m on the following meds for over 3 weeks now: Singulair (10 mg) once a day and Flovent 44 mcg, two puffs twice a day.
I’m noticing no real change in my symptoms and am concerned. Shouldn’t the symptoms have diminished by now? I find the deep breathing discomfort especially bothersome (and worrisome). Anyone else had this symptom with asthma? Thanks!
I have very bad asthma but I have never had chest pains with it. My asthma causes me to not get any air in my lungs and to get a tightening in my chest. I had been on albuterol, a rescue inhaler for 4 months and went to 2 pulmonologists. The first said I didn't have asthma (I had all the lung function tests). The 2nd and truly great dr. said I definetly had asthma and that it was out of control. He couldn't believe any dr. would prescribe albuterol to take everyday 4 X a day. He put me on symbicort and from the first day I took it I have been breathing freely. I will probably always have to take it but if I can breathe that is OK. I have the albuterol for rescue if I get a bad attack. You might want to consult another lung specialist as it doesn't sound like you are on the right meds. Take care and do post again on how you are doing.