Can anyone relate please? My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with asthma at 6 months old after a bad case of chicken pox. Her doctor at the time said she may have internal spots and scarring on the lungs (does this sound right?) Her symptoms became worse as she got older, and she has been under consultant care for several years. She is on montelukast, fairly high doses of fluticasone plus seretide, and has 2 to 6 episodes per year where she is treated for a chest infection. Now, her new GP who has a special interest in asthma has said that she may be over medicated and have atypical asthma. She has never had an asthma attack, is not allergic to anything we know of, but her peak flow drops dramatically when she has a cold, and exercise induces tight chestedness/shortness of breath/coughing. She is wheezy and feels she needs ventolin in the morning, before and after exercise, and montelukast revolutionised her life. Her new GP wants my daughter to decrease meds, stop taking ventolin first thing in the morning, and hopes to stop montelukast. I almost feel as though she is not being believed, and since stopping morning ventolin she has felt very wheezy and uncomfortable till the seretide kicks in. The trouble is that when my daughter was examined recently, what she described as wheezing the GP said wasn't at all, and we are both very confused. Could she actually have something else entirely?
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