Damp weather (mist, fog, misty rain) is one of my biggest triggers, so I'm usually a lot worse in winter than summer.
I was diagnosed just before Christmas last year and started on Clenil modulite 100, which didn't work, so I was increased to Clenil modulite 200 and told that I should go back on to 100 in the spring. I did (apart from a blip in late March and April when Covid made my asthma flare up again) and I've been ok over the summer.
The last couple of weeks, I've been needing my blue inhaler more often and still not feeling quite right (you know that 'only just ok' feeling, when it would only take a tiny trigger to set you off?) I was running low anyway, so I asked the GP if I could go up to the 200 inhaler for my next one as I was getting worse. He's just issued another 100!
Does anyone else have this problem? My GP is obsessed with keeping my medication as low as possible, even if it leaves me gasping for breath! If I tell him I'm struggling, he goes on about how 'really bad' steroid inhalers are and how I need to keep the dose as low as possible. And I'm thinking 'however bad they are, NOT BEING ABLE TO BREATHE IS WORSE!'
I know from past experience of flareups that if my lungs get too irritated it takes ages for them to calm back down again. I just don't know what to do to get an increased dose before I reach the desperate stage. I know I could just double up on my current inhaler, but the problem is that it is set for reissue based on 1 puff morning & evening. I'm scared that if I double up, he won't reissue it and I'll be left with nothing.
The bizarre thing is that I'm offered a limitless supply of ventolin. Just about every time I speak to the surgery I'm asked if I want another one. It's as if they see that as what I really 'need' to control asthma and the maintenance inhaler is an optional extra...