This morning I had a pulmonary test to check me for asthma, because I experience asthma-like symptoms when I exercise (i.e. cycle) and especially when I exercise in the cold.
Thank goodness for students! They're so excited about learning to perform all these tests that they tell you many of the results right there and then.
1. I do not have asthma.
2. My lung capacity is 131% of what is considered "normal" for someone my size and age.
Back to the asthma thing again for a minute ... I asked about exercise-induced asthma, because that's when I have the symptoms. When I'm sitting quietly in a chair in a warm room, I'm fine ... when I'm exercising, I'm not.
One of the students told me that they don't diagnose anyone over the age of 18 with exercise-induced asthma. Once you reach 18, you either have asthma, or you don't. That sounded a little odd to me ... and she couldn't explain why I would have asthma-like symptoms when exercising, when I don't have asthma.
I'll be consulting with my Dr again in a week or so, but have any of you been diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, or have you done some study on that subject. It just seems strange to me that when a person reaches the magic age of 18, all of a sudden that person can no longer have exercise-induced asthma.