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Silent Asthmatic

I was diagnosed as a silent asthmatic at the age of 12 I am now 63 years old and in my lifetime I’ve only met two other silent asthmatics.

Silent asthmatic frustrations

The older I get the less I find that doctors know about silent asthmatics which is a problem because when we go to the doctor because they don’t hear us they think we don’t know what we’re talking about. Many times I just stay home rather than go get a breathing treatment if I think it’ll pass because I just don’t want to deal with the doctors not being aware of this condition.

Seeing a specialist?

The last time I saw a specialist she was surprised to find out that I was only breathing at 65% because over the years you just get used to not breathing properly when you know what you going to deal with if you go see a doctor or going to the emergency room. You can’t breathe but they can’t hear you so there’s no emergency. If I sound a little frustrated I am because tonight is one of those nights where I would love to go get a breathing treatment but it’s just not worth all that I would have to go through.

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  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hi 107westharvardave777, and thank you for sharing your story with the community. We hear you and, you are not alone! There are many in the community who have let us know they, too, are managing with ‘silent asthma’. I thought you might find it both interesting and helpful to look over any of the articles located at this link: It is a listing of articles on our website following a search for ‘silent asthma’.

    Many of us in the health care field are well versed in the signs, symptoms, and treatment of silent asthma. It is sad, after all the years, that you have not connected with the right doctor. I’m sorry for what you’ve been through and had to endure.

    I did have a thought for you to consider. In your story, you mention that a ‘breathing treatment’ usually takes care of the episodes you have when you are having difficulty breathing. Have metered dose inhalers worked for you? If so, great! It not, and what you find your best success with, is a nebulizer treatment, would it be possible for you to maintain a simple nebulizer system and supply of medication in your home? That way, you could use it when necessary.

    What do you think?
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator

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