Coughing up Phlegm in AM and PM. Sometimes midday... Also skeptical of asthma diagnosis..

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   Posted 4/10/2017 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   

I was diagnosed with asthma and allergies after having a case of bronchitis a few years back. Since I had the bronchitis I have continued to have to cough up phlegm daily. I do not think it is infected. However, it is sometimes very yellow and I'm a bit concerned about that. I have gone to the Dr. and they tell me it is post nasal drip from my allergies, but I feel as though it could be coming from my lungs. Any ideas? Also, not to be gross or anything I'm just trying to describe it as best as I can, I usually cough up the most of it then cough up smaller bits after. I'm wondering why this is and how to stop it. It is quite the nuisance!

I had been taking a nasal spray and using a daily inhaler, but have discontinued use. I have albuterol for my rescue inhaler in case anything happens.

Also, in the manner of asthma... Every time I take the spirometer test my results are really bad, but most of the time I feel as though I am breathing fine. When I notice my breathing change would be when I am around cats or something that sets off an allergic reaction. However, the Dr. is claiming that my lungs do not work at full capacity all of the time. I guess what I'm asking is are those tests very acurate and has anyone else been surprised to be told they have asthma? I go to the gym and do cardio for 20+ minutes 2-3 times a week and have no trouble with getting too out of breathe (normal for me as I just started a few months ago). People with asthma seem to get really bad attacks when they do cardio. I'm just a bit skeptical!

Any ideas?

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   Posted 4/11/2017 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello & welcome to Healing Well. Asthma affects each person differently. You cannot compare your symptoms to someone else's. People can have a mild form to a severe form. The spirometer test is fairly accurate. I suggest that you get referred to another pulmonary dr for a complete work up.

A very good friend of mine's nephew had asthma pretty much all of his life. He did not use any meds for a long time. He said he didn't feel he needed them. He had become use to how he breathed & considered it his normal. Three years ago he had an attack, his friend took him to an urgent care, they sent him by ambulance to the hospital, it was nothing they could manage. Thirty minutes after arriving at the hospital he died, leaving a wife & 9 month old baby. He was 40 years old. His airway became so constricted they said you could not have fitted a very thin small into his airway.

Don't self diagnose yourself.
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