My doctor just recently diagnosed me with Asthma (I'm 30).
I have a family history of it (maternal grandma and an uncle on my mom's side) but haven't had ay symptoms until within the past 3-4 moths.
I know no one here can diagnose me but I'd like to know your opinions of whether or not my doctor seems on the right track with this.
Here's a little history:
In the past 4 months I've had an upper respiritory infection and pneumonia. It seems like my lungs haven't recovered yet. I get tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. It feels like my lungs just get tired of breathing. I've been on an albutoral inhaler for about 2 months now, which doesn't seem to be working. At my doctors appointment last week, the doctor told me suddenly that I have asthma and gave me a perscription for Pulmicort (which doesn't seem to be working yet, either).
The reason I'm asking for your opinion is because my doctor never gave me any lung function tests or anything like that. I'm a little curious as to how she came to that conclusion. Can it be diagnosed just by the symptoms presented and by listening to the lungs?
I don't feel like I'm getting any relief for this. Even as I'm typing this my chest feels tight and I feel short of breath and I've just taken both of my asthma meds.
I would appreciate any feedback on this. Thank you ~Amelia