OK...you were a smoker and now use an e-sig...then think you have asthma now because you had shortness of breath in a high altitude. I can only imagine the fear you had of dying from those symptoms. It's good you left and went home. But there could be many things at play in that type of environment.
Well, I wouldn't initially say yes to asthma, even though you do have UC.
I have asthma, it runs quite honestly in my family on my mom's side. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 28, but obviously had symptoms of it before that. Mine's considered intrinsic/extrinsic, so during colds, laughing, coughing, exercise, humidity, smoke, etc...it's more likely to be triggered that way. I don't have allergic reactions, but my brother had both intrinsic/extrinsic and allergy induced asthma.
Your doctor should have you set up for x-rays, thorough pulmonary testing, blood tests, etc.
You might have slight reactive lungs from having quit smoking and switching to the e-sig. You might have a slight infection, and/or mild inflammation...but that doesn't mean you have asthma, per se, but you might have slight asthmatic-like symptoms, lower lung capacity/output, etc.
Reflux can cause asthmatic-like symptoms with shortness of breath, wheezing, etc.
Some medications such as for high blood pressure can cause asthma-like symptoms.
There's treatments that include steroid inhalers, rescue quick acting bronchodilator inhalers, long lasting bronchodilator inhalers, systemic meds such as theophylline which are continual bronchodilator, systemic steroids, systemic leukotriene blockers (Singulair), etc...
If a doctor gives you ONLY a rescue inhaler medication and says "here, try this"...find another specialist.
Make sure you get thorough testing done and don't take the term asthma as a diagnosis unless all the testing's been done.
Keep us posted for sure...
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 7/17/2014 9:59:23 PM (GMT-6)