Posted 6/25/2013 11:42 AM (GMT -7)
I just want to first start by saying this might be a little long, but I want to get all the details in:
I'm a 28 year old male and I was diagnosed with asthma since I was two years old. When I was young I would have the classic signs of wheezing, shortness of breath, etc. A rescue inhaler would do the job and help me. Skip foward and now that I'm older, I am having a lot of trouble.
The last four years have been exteremely hard on me with breathing. I will wake up in the morning, usually cough up yellow phlegm out of my system, have post nasal drip and have a hard time breathing. I never wheeze anymore but cough a lot, and my albuterol rarely works if at all. I think my body may have become acustomed to it, but I'm not sure.
Before anyone says this, yes I've been to many doctors and specialists. I have asked all these questions and more, and maybe it's just my luck, but they have not helped me. I have tried different types of rescue HFA inhalers, long term medication for controlling asthma such as: Advair, Flovent, Zyflo, Dulera and Spariva. I do have allergies mainly to dust mites, cats and dogs that I have tested high for. I do not own any animals and keep my living quarters very clean, yet I still hvae these symptoms constantly, every day and every season.
What frustrates me the most is that I have had testing done on my lungs like the peak flow meter, and it almost always comes out fine. Even if I have difficulty breathing, I can bring it up to green and keep it around 500-600 usually. When doctors see this some have just dismissed me outright that I have asthma altogether. My specialist believes it is allergies so he has had me try double doses of Singulair, nasal sprays and over the counter allergy meds such as Claritin, etc. None of these in my life time have been effective.
Now for what matters to me the most: exercise.
When I was 18 I wanted to become more serious about my health and weight so I started going to the fitness center at my work. I would go every other day and feel great. Yes, I would still use my albuterol if I did too much cardio, but other then that I really didn't have much of a problem. Now skip to about six or seven years later. I can't do anything. I know it sounds absurd but my body becomes extremely fatigued no matter what. An example: I will jog on the troublemill at my own slow pace for even 15 minutes, feel okay for about half an hour, then my breathing will kick in. I don't know how to describe this but I get extremely weak, I don't wheeze or cough, but I can tell my bronchi are effected. Albuterol before and after exercise does nothing, and it will not make this feeling go away; it only leaves after about a full day has gone by.
Does anyone have any clue whats going on with me? I have payed so much money up until this point on different medications that do nothing, and doctors visits. I'm trying to do the right thing but I'm not getting any help. I honestly thought I had chronic bronchitis and my body is just permanetly weak now, but my doctors insist I don't have it because I'm not a smoker or old. ~_~
Thank you for reading all of this, and I will be happy to answer any questions.