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JacS599 posted:
Is it weird if I want to ask my doc if I can be tested again?

I went for a PFT when I was 20 (almost 10 years ago), and it came back negative for regular asthma, but the doc gave me ventolin for exercise induced asthma since I had the symptoms of it.

Since then I finally have a regular doc, and he has me on Advair because of coughing which has worsened since quitting smoking, ironically. He says it's couch variant asthma.

I don't think the Advair is making a drastic difference because I have a feeling my coughing it's allergy related, and maybe a even vocal chord problem.

I'd like to be properly tested for EIA despite having pretty typical symptoms of it when I exercise and also in cold weather. But I'd also like to be re-tested for asthma because I don't think I have "regular" asthma, and maybe not even cough variant.

This morning as an experiment, since I've been feeling tight in my chest, hoarse the past several days, I took a Claritin and a lot of that grossness in my chest and throat has gone away. Not 100%, but I feel significantly better.

What I'm getting at, is that I don't want to be taking medication that I don't have to. If I had my way, I'd take none at all!

Would you recommend I ask my doc to send me for new, proper, testing?
asthmamusic responded:
No, it is not weird. Having a current, clear picture of your symptoms and how they relate to the medication you are taking (or not taking) may point you in the right direction. Above all, have an in-depth and honest conversation with a pulmonary specialist who can put the pieces of your puzzle together. Hope this helps.

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