I am aged 50, I’ve never had any problems with my chest before. I had a chest infection in December. I was given antibiotics, steroids and salbutamol inhaler and told that there was a possibility I might have asthma. My symptoms improved with the treatment. But the tight chest and sporadic cough have persisted. I went back to the doctor because I didn’t feel like the salbutamol was doing anything to help.
I was then given a clenil preventer inhaler and told to continue using salbutamol as needed. As I constantly had a tight chest it was difficult to know when and how often to us the salbutamol. I didn’t feel that either inhaler helped.
I was then given a fostair inhaler as a preventer and told to continue using salbutamol as a reliever. My symptoms improved slightly for a few days but then returned along with my usual hayfever symptoms despite me starting to take antihistamine much earlier than I would normally to prevent me getting symptoms in case they were a trigger.
As a result I have just been told to use Fostair as both a preventer and a reliever. Again it is hard to know when to use it as a reliever because my chest is tight all the time. I have also just been prescribed montelukast.
I am struggling with the asthma diagnosis. I don’t seem to be responding to any of the treatments. I also struggle to identify the triggers because my symptoms are largely continuous. I always have a tight chest to varying degrees, an occasional mild cough throughout the day and quite often a hoarse voice too.
I feel like the possibility of asthma was raised and then never confirmed and that no one is hearing my concerns that the treatments to seem to be ineffective. Has anyone had a similar experience? Or has anyone got any advice? I am feeling at a loss with it all