I have been through a whole heap of tests since I got back from Australia at the end of December ... especially heart and lung tests ... for some chest pain I was having, and for the fact that I hack up a lung when I cycle in cool, damp conditions or when I really exert myself.
After all the results came in, an appointment was booked with an "internal" specialist (heart and lung), and I went to see him today.
He asked me 1001 questions; looked over all my test results, X-rays, etc.; did a bunch more tests ... and then we talked . . .
As I already knew, I have slight valve damage and a mild heart murmur ... he reconfirmed that for me.
And then he told me that he strongly suspects that I do indeed have Exercise Induced Asthma. He has prescribed a stronger, longer lasting inhaler, and has told me that I need to use it BEFORE I go out on my long rides to hopefully prevent anything from starting.
I am to do that for the next couple months. If that doesn't help, then it probably isn't Exercise Induced Asthma ........ and option #2 doesn't sound so good.
BUT ... most likely it is the Exercise Induced Asthma, and most likely this new inhaler will do the trick!! While using an inhaler might not be ideal, if it can help me cycle more strongly, that would be wonderful! I would love to be able to take a full breath of air when I ride in cooler conditions or when I climb a hill!!
Anyone else cycling with Exercise Induced Asthma?