I have a few questions about asthma and how it is diagnosed. I thought someone here could offer a little imput as I don't have alot of knowledge about it.
Three or four years ago (and I'm not exactly sure) my husband ran up to me sounding much like he was choking. I could tell no air was getting into his lungs--he could not talk and all I could do was hear him gasp. Thinking that he may be choking, I got behind him and used Heimlich maneuver. In a minute or so, I got him breathing but neither of us really knew what caused this. He used to chew gum alot and I thought perhaps it was related to that.
Needless to say, these episodes have repeated, but of course I cannot get him to see a doctor. (for this) I make him take allergy medication which I think does help--he seems to have an awful lot of mucus in the morning when he wakes up. He had another episode a couple weeks ago while I was in bed sleeping. He started banging on my back and I jumped up and did the H thing again, which is the only thing I know to do. In the last three to four years, I say he has had at least maybe eight of these "attacks". His opinion (and he has had some basic med ed. as a corpsman in the service) is that it is a spasm. So far though, as long as he takes the allergy medicine, he hasn't had one. It scares me really bad because I wonder what he would do when I'm not home.
How is asthma actually diagnosed? The reason I think it may be asthma is because one, there seems to be a relationship with his congestion. After the initial allergy blast in spring and early summer, he stopped with the allergy med. The day prior to this last event, I thought I could "hear" that chesty sound in his voice, if you understand what I am saying here. I do not know anything about the inhalers that many of you use, so maybe you could answer this question. Do you use it at the first sign of chest congestion and would that help avoid a severe episode where you could not breath? Are there any you think are better than others? I would appreciate any opionions/input. Thanks.
Foggie, I just added a title to your post for more responses.
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