Long-Haul Covid and Asthma Diagnosis (anyone)?

Posted by otter2154 @otter2154, Sep 24 7:40am

I was horribly sick for a several months last year (Nov, Dec and into Jan) with severe Covid-like symptoms. My PCP would not see me in person because of the Covid symptoms and only offered pep talks through video chat … so I suffered through it all at home. Finally got to a pulmo in Jan and after testing he immediately diagnosed me with moderate persistent asthma (I am 57).

Fast forward to today and I am doing much better. Still working with pulmo group and through addition testing they have ruled out COPD, Bronchiectasis, lung cancer, ILD’s, etc. And my current spirometry results show “stunning” improvement per my pulmo. So he remains adamant in his asthma diagnosis.

Now he agrees that I likely had severe Covid late last year and the asthma is my gift that keeps on giving from Covid. He also says that at this point it really doesn’t matter what triggered my asthma (Covid or whatever) because my lungs are fundamentally fine and suggests that it’s pointless to dwell on what might have caused this. Anyway, my asthma is seemingly improving, very slowly, over time … I have a few good days, and then a bad one where my chest tightens-up, breathing feels labored, and I produce sticky, white phlegm (annoying and tiring). Has anyone else received an asthma diagnosis post-Covid, and if so … do you see it improving over time?

@otter2154, I’m glad to hear that further testing indicate that your lungs are functioning well and that serious long-term lung conditions have been ruled out. It sounds like even the asthma symptoms could possibly be temporary. What do you do on your “bad days” to find relief?

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@colleenyoung

@otter2154, I’m glad to hear that further testing indicate that your lungs are functioning well and that serious long-term lung conditions have been ruled out. It sounds like even the asthma symptoms could possibly be temporary. What do you do on your “bad days” to find relief?

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Thank you for asking. On days when my chest is tight and I’m making lots of mucus, riding my bike helps a LOT! Thankfully I’m able to ride long distances again. My pulmo is low on words, yet high on action. Yet he has implied that the asthma may subside over time and that some lung issues can take a LONG time to resolve. He’s asked me to consider tapering off the asthma meds in 90-days (to see what happens). He and his pulmo group established the Covid Survivor Corps here in Atlanta, so I value his direction. And I’ve learned so much about lung health reading the Mayo forums.

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@otter2154

Thank you for asking. On days when my chest is tight and I’m making lots of mucus, riding my bike helps a LOT! Thankfully I’m able to ride long distances again. My pulmo is low on words, yet high on action. Yet he has implied that the asthma may subside over time and that some lung issues can take a LONG time to resolve. He’s asked me to consider tapering off the asthma meds in 90-days (to see what happens). He and his pulmo group established the Covid Survivor Corps here in Atlanta, so I value his direction. And I’ve learned so much about lung health reading the Mayo forums.

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Wow! You found the right doc! You may want to ask about whether he thinks nebulizing sodium solution would help get the mucus out. When my congestion from asthma/bronchiectasis is bad, it is very helpful to do before I walk or exercise.
My spirometry results are always "within normal range" but it doesn't stop me from being short of breath when the mucus builds up. Another thing to discuss, especially as cold and flu season approaches, is whether using Mucinex LA (12 hour guaifenesin) twice a day would help. It is a mucolytic, and thins the mucus to make it easier to get rid of.

I am glad you are improving, Sue

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Hello, I am 57 years old and had a positive COVID test June 28, 2020 and a second positive test on July 19, 2020. I suffered continuous chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, sinus issues and extreme fatigue for the first 4 months. In Nov 2020 I was diagnosed with Printzmetal Angina and in June 2021 was diagnosed with moderate asthma. So COVID left me two not-so-welcome gifts. My lung function test was normal but I have to use both maintenance inhaler and rescue inhaler every day. I have been working remotely the entire time because I struggle with even minimal exercise. I have noticed that some days I have more mucous than others but have not noticed it coinciding with chest tightness. My asthma doctor has said that since I also have Printzmetal that it will be difficult to determine which is causing my chest pain. I would like to know what you feel helps you the most with your recovery?

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