I've been nosing about this forum for a while. If you can read through the background to my question about theophylline that'd be fab.
Brief history. Have had asthma since approx 3 years old am now 36. Past 5 years asthma has gone from what I'd say pretty typical asthma is (low dose steroid inhaler, slight flare ups with viral infections, occassional chest infection and not needing ventoline requently and never needed A&E).
Past 5 years have had more and more frequent chest and sinus infections and added and added meds. Have had a few trips to A&E (only 1-2 year), luckily not needed hospilisation, apart from when rushed to hosp with pneuomonia at 36 weeks pregnant at end of 2009 (have lovely little boy a few weeks later). Basically get frequent chest and sinus infections that take ages to clear and have had some sort of respiratory infection every 2-6 weeks since this time last year. And have only had about 4-5 months off this cycle in past 2.5 years. Had sinus surgery this summer, which improved my breathing through nose and ability to douche muck off when it's infected. Am seeing a consultant and a very good asthma nurse regularly.
Inbetween flare ups/infections I am quite fit and cycle to work and play sport several times a week. But with the steroid (extreme munchies!) I've been on and decrease in activity have put on 3/4 stone this year and lost some fitness which is annoying as have always felt fitter I am better my asthma has been.
Peak flow - my best is 400. Worst when had pneuomonia and pleurisy and recent chest infection 280. Anything below 350 normally means something is up with my chest.
Meds I'm on:
Ventolin - as needed. (When I'm good don't need it. When bad need lots)
Symbicort 400 - 2 x am/pm (can increase to 4 am/pm)
Pred - maintenance of 5mg (hoping to come off at some point as been on at some level constantly for nearly 6 months)
Nasonex - 2 squirts each nose pm (was on flixonase nasules but nose clearer after sinus surgery in summer)
Theophylline - Uniphyllin 200mg am/pm
Also on mottillium and omeprazole for reflux
QUESTION: I got put on theophylline at end of September to help wean me off oral steroids that I'd been on since May (doses between 5-40mg, everytime got it down bang another infection). Had cramps and nausea initially and then it settled down. Past 3 days have had much worse stomach cramps and nauseau, reflux symptoms (acid) seems to have increased, plus quite thirsty and have what I describe as eggy breath. Is this normal?
I think this drug is working for me as just had a heavy head cold followed by sinus infection and although got asthma symptoms didn't develop a chest infection (first time in several years this has happened). So am loath to come off it.
Also had a small attack last night when was feeling sick. My peak flow is in the good range for me. But before my asthma got worse my peakflow didn't always reflect what my chest is doing.