Peak Flow and Subjective Feeling

What are others' experiences of having a chest 'sensation' that you associate psychologically with a problem  that can't be verified by peak flow or other empirical evidence?


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  • Pljohns

    Hi PMH16-sometimes my numbers are awful but I feel OK and other times, I feel awful and my numbers are good.  i talked to my old pulmo about it and she said to go by both-numbers and/or feelings-if I feel good and numbers are awful, I keep an eye on it a couple of days before throwing extra meds at it but if I feel awful and numbers are good, I'll go ahead and throw meds at it.  I definitely understand having that "feeling" but numbers being OK-and the other way around too.

  • Pmh16

    I suspect I'm misreading myself if the numbers don't confirm it. I think there's a lot of anxiety and hyper-awareness that goes along with having asthma since childhood, and it's easy to push the panic button.

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, @Pmh16 … I hear you on anxiety and hyper-awareness. Still, , so it could be a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. 

    I like Lynn (@Pljohns) approach of talking through her asthma action plan with her doctor. That's worked for me — knowing exactly what to do when helps me not to feel as anxious, and it also helps me feel more in control. 

  • Jen

    Welcome @Pmh16.   Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor?