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Asthma&Allergy

what do the symptoms of hard to catch breath, chest feels heavy like some one sitting on it, occasional cough and mouth sours indicate.  One doctors told me allergy induced asthma another told me I didn't have asthma because I don't weeze, I can't talk some times because I can't catch my breath.
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Wheezing is NOT needed for asthma...don't go back to that doc. I have asthma and have had for years. I only wheeze when I am having issues.

There are tests that can be run to see if you have asthma and/or allergies and there are meds that can help with both. See an asthma and allergy specialist for a proper assessment.
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Thanks for the information, I really appreciate it.  My chest gets heavy at times and I go and try to talk and can't, it's breath or talk.  I either try coughing or drinking coffee to help open the airways.  It just seems hard to get a doctor to believe you when your not in medical distress at the moment they see you.
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Hi,

When I'm having asthma issues, I rarely wheeze.  Also, my FEV1 is around 115% when I'm healthy.  Thus, if I drop to 75-80% it'll cause me to have issues.  So, if I go to the urgent care doctor, they'll be like, "You're FEV1 is close to normal and your lungs are clear, you aren't wheezing." And they'll dismiss me, even though I'm actually having problems.  I actually have to explain to them that I don't wheeze and that a FEV1 of 75% is a 35% drop from my normal.  It'sreally stupid.
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I used to see a good allergist out in California. His way of diagnosing asthma was to measure lung function twice. Once just the way you were and then again after giving a bronchodilator. Those with asthma had noticeably better results after a bronchodilator, even when they were not having noticeable symptoms.

I highly recommend seeing an allergy and asthma specialist for testing if you suspect that you have asthma and it isn't being addressed properly.
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