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I started being short of breath around 3 years ago (when I was 25). It seemed to happen at random times - I didn't exercise at all back then. After that I started doing sports and it was all fine - was running 20km + and doing very intense workouts without any problems.
I saw a doctor who did a spirometry and chest x-ray. X-ray was clear, values for FVC1 were around 97% and after bronchodilators it was 104%. The doctor said it was asthma and I started mokasta & ventolin & alvesco. The symptoms improved in around 2 weeks but then I got back to being SOB. There were weeks when I didn't have any SOB but most of the times I have it.
I went back to my doctor and he did the spirometry test again. Without ventolin (but on asthma treatment) my values were improved - around 102-105% for all predicted values and he said that it is asthma since I have good reversibility and that my simptoms are triggered by my rhinitis and that's why my treatment isn't working. I am aware of having allergic/persistent rhinitis for around 2 years now and can barely breath on my nose. I started asking all sort of questions and he didn't answer all of them and wrote on my diagnosis that I had a mental problem for being too preoccupied with my illness. I don't cough, nor have I in the past 2 years, except when having the flu. Whenever I am SOB I have this white phlegm in the back of my throat which I can't clear out. Doctor said it's from my nose.
I need a second oppinion but there are no good pulmonary doctors here. What should I do? Could it be COPD?
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