I made a thread saying I was confused on whether I was hyperventalating or having an asthma attack. Well, the confusion hasn't gone away at all. Let me explain.
So I told my mom I wanted an asthma test and she said I already had 3 different doctors tell me I do have asthma, specifically, allergy induced asthma (not regular). She says she is unwilling to give me another test and that we don't have the money to get another one done. (I am under her insurance). However I still don't feel convinced and because of that, I'm still anxious that I could have asthma and end up in the hospital because of it.
The reasons why I don't think I have asthma and I could be misdiagnosed is that I never wheeze, rarely cough. Just feel out of breath. Whenever I used an inhaler during that feeling, I never felt better, it did not get rid of the out of breath feeling. I actually felt worse sometimes because it seemed to do nothing and I would get more anxious. However, as enough time passed (like an hour or so), I would feel better and able to breathe again.
But not feeling totally convinced of my testing or my mom's belief that I have asthma has left me in a state of constant worry over asthma. Every time I am out of breath I get incredibly anxious for that hour or so, hoping I'm not having asthmatic symptoms. I don't even know if I am feeling them...my mom says "you just know" but in all my life when I was out of breath, I was never sure if I was feeling asthmatic. I still couldn't tell you what it feels like because I'm not sure I was feeling that. It just bothers me that I still don't understand asthma even though I supposedly have it. How can I be 22 years old and still not understand an illness I supposedly have, and as common as asthma? That really makes me feel stupid!
Next week I have an appointment to get a prescription for a short-term inhaler, from an asthma and allergy specialist. I was considering asking him questions on the validity of my asthma diagnosis but my mom says he won't be able to answer that, only questions about what asthma is. I guess I am out of luck and will never get rid of this asthma anxiety.