With anxiety induced asthma, would the airflow measurment be normal? My airflow ranges from 250L/m to 310L/m. However during the holiday (i was relaxing) it went up to 350L/m. It has never been that high since i started measuring in September 2012. I have been taking Symbicort 200 6 for 2 months now.
At any given time, a person who has asthma may have normal or abnormal airflows, depending on the efficacy of asthma treatment. This statement applies to asthma, whatever the precipitating factors of the asthma may be.
Note, I said precipitating not causative. A person, pretty much, either has or does not have asthma. The asthma then becomes clinically active or symptomatic in response to allergy, infection, physical factors such as exercise or cold air, acid reflux or a variety of other conditions. Thus, for anxiety to precipitate asthma attacks you have to have asthma to begin with. The improvement in your peak flows concurrent with your starting the Symbicort suggests that you do have asthma and that it is responding to the treatment.
But here is something else to consider. Anxiety is associated with a condition called, Panic Disorder. Anxiety with or without panic is related to a condition called Vocal Cord Dysfunction and this condition can mimic asthma. I suggest that you ask your doctor about this possibility.
I am glad you are feeling better. Take your medication faithfully.
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