Posted 3/25/2012 9:25 PM (GMT -6)
I've had asthma sine I was little (I'm 26 now) and while I never had too many problems growing up, the last three years have been tough. I'm not sure whats exactly wrong, but I've been to a pulmonologist, allergist and my regular doctor and haven't gotten good results. One thing that makes no sense to me however, is the peak flow meter.
I understand how to use it properly and have had one for a long time. The problem is, even when I am having a lot of trouble breathing, coughing up yellow phlegm, etc, I can ALWAYS push myself to get a higher then average number on it. Trying to take a deep breath in when my lungs seem to be inflammed does hurt, but since they always ask you to blow your hardest, I push it up there. What frustrates me is when I do this at all of the doctors offices they see that and say " well that looks good! You don't seem to have asthma", even though I've been diagnosed with it almost since birth and have all these other symptoms.
Do any of you asthma sufferers have this issue? I just don't understand why every doctor relys on it so much to tell them the details. I realize how it's suppose to help people with the asthma action plan, but if I can always score good on it even though i'm having a lot of trouble, then what does that mean? >_<