Hi. I was diagnosed with asthma about a month and a half ago. I've been told I have mild persistent asthma and am taking 720mcg of pulmicort a day. I have an albuterol rescue inhaler for attacks. I have some weird symptoms that I believe are caused by asthma but my pulminologist keeps saying they are not. I have chest pain on the left side and can't sleep on that side because I wake up and can't breathe. It seems to be better on the right side but I still wake up at night with shortness of breath. I have chest pressure when I lay on my back. I had a sleep study done to check for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders and was told I stopped breathing 5 times while laying on my back but was also told this was normal and I don't have apnea (I'm not sure how this is normal!) I also get pain in my back and neck, tingling/numbness in my arms, hands, and face on a daily basis, often feel short of breath, get heart palpitations, cramps in my legs and feet at night, and rattling in my chest. I have had every type of test done (blood work, heart tests, met with every kind of specialist) and have been told that everything is normal, except I have asthma. It took 6 months to diagnose me with asthma because my lung function tests kept coming back normal. I finally had a methacholine test and that came back positive.
I guess my questions are:
1. Are these symptoms caused from asthma not being properly controlled and should it take this long for pulmicort to control my symptoms?
2. I have asthma attacks about twice a week. Is this normal for mild persistent asthma?
3. I can't seem to get a peak flow reading above 370 and it's usually 350. Is that normal? I'm 33, female, am 5'5" and weigh 115. Until recently, I ran 4-5 days a week. This seems really low for someone with mild persistent asthma.
4. Do others who have asthma experience these same symptoms?
5. Will my symptoms get better or will I always feel this way. I'm starting to get depressed.
Thanks for your help!