At least then I knew where my symptoms came from
Roughly three years ago I was prescribed a certain drug and had to have an allergy test done to see whether I would be able to tolerate it. The doctor checked my lung function and I described my symptoms to her. It turned out that I had probably had asthma for a long time without knowing it.
At first I was surprised by the diagnosis. But after thinking about it for a while, I came to terms with it. After all, I had already had asthma for quite some time and had managed to live with it. At least then I knew where my symptoms came from, which was a relief. I no longer had to worry about the reasons and causes.
Luckily, it didn’t take long to find the right medication for me. I use steroid-based medication. At first I only used it once a day, but after a while the symptoms returned and I started having to clear my throat more often again. Since then I've been using it religiously twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. I'm happy with my treatment.
So far I've only had serious breathing difficulties once, brought on by an upsetting situation. My doctor prescribed me a rescue inhaler for when this happens. So I used that. I’m not really afraid of having asthma attacks.