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My asthma is well under control.
That’s what I told my doctor the last time I saw him. I haven’t used my rescue inhalers in a few months and haven’t had any of the typical wheezing. I stayed indoors on the really bitter cold days of winter (a trigger for me) and we’re not having humid weather yet (another trigger) so all is well. Or is it?
I haven’t been feeling 100%. Not sleeping well because of tightness in my chest and having to stop to take a breath when walking or going up and down stairs. I had begun limiting my activity and taking more naps but it never occurred to me that it might be because of my asthma. I even cancelled out on some fun plans with family because I just wasn’t up to taking part. Then I took the 30 second asthma test and I realized that perhaps mine wasn’t as well managed as I thought it was.
I had become so used to thinking of my asthma symptoms as being wheezing and coughing that I just assumed if I wasn’t wheezing and coughing, then my asthma must be under control. I mean, after all, I am getting older and surely what I was experiencing was just a part of normal aging. Did you know that many people don’t have a good handle on how well managed their asthma is? In a recent study, 92% of asthma sufferers believed their asthma was controlled, but in reality 46% did not meet experts’ standards for asthma control.
Once I began answering the questions on the 30 Second Asthma Test, I realized that perhaps my asthma symptoms were just different than they used to be and that it’s still there and maybe not being managed as well as it could be. So, I made another appointment with my doctor and I’m taking the results from the asthma test with me.
What about you? Do you or someone you love have asthma? My daughter and my nephew also have it so I’m encouraging them to take the test too. If you have asthma, it’s worth the 30 seconds to answer a few simple questions and see if you learn something new about your asthma too. Take the results to your doctor and find out how you can better manage your symptoms.