I'm pretty sure I've had asthma since I was a kid. I know I had problems during high school. And in my late 20's I was diagnosed with EIB asthma. It made sense. What I'd been experiencing over the years turned out to be symptoms of asthma. I hadn't wanted to just assume it was asthma. And I didn't want to sound like a hypochondriac. So when I'd have the symptoms I'd cough my brains out have a hard time bringing up congestion wonder if my breathing sounds actually were wheezing and think "nah this is probably fine". And then I got the diagnosis.
It's been years since I was diagnosed and I'm still confused by my own asthma. Every time I go to the doctor my lungs sound fine (unless I have a cold that's gone to my chest and THEN they hear it because it usually exacerbates my asthma). One doctor even told me I wasn't sick it was just my asthma. My oxygen stays in the middle to upper 90's. I hardly ever wheeze unless I'm having an attack. And last spring we had red tide here in Florida and it took 9 weeks to recover from being exposed to it. It totally exacerbated my asthma and my primary care doctor had me stay inside for the first week of the 9 weeks.
But then there will be times (not always in line with my seasonal allergies) when I'll wake myself up coughing at night and sometimes have an asthma attack. Or I'll find myself short of breath. If I laugh a lot I get symptomatic every single time. And sometimes if I start feeling symptoms I won't reach for my inhaler because I feel like if I'm not wheezing it will ease up on it's own. So when the doctors ask me how often I use my inhaler I can't really give an accurate answer.
I recently was at my allergist (a new one) and he told me my lung function was good. So it all confuses me! I'm not very physically active (I have chronic pain so that makes it hard).
I guess what I'm wondering is do other people who have EIB asthma have similar experiences?