I'm aksing for advice and useful information.
I had a cold about 10 days ago which caused my asthma to worsen, more coughing, shortness of breath, falling peak flows. I saw a GP who advised me to double my inhaled steroids (I'm on Seretide Accuhaler 250) so have been having 2 puffs twice a day, rather than the usual one. Also got told to have four hourly Salbutamol.
I've been doing that for a week and in fact I'm no better. I still am having lots of coughing episodes which are waking me from sleep. I then get short of breath, wheeze and cough up lots of sputum. If I take more Salbutamol things improve for a short time.
I went to GP with the expectation that I might need some Pred to regain control. I was told that I wasn't wheezy then and therfore no Pred was required. GP agreed things were not controlled and told me this was because I had a cold.
This is so frustrating. I know things are not right and I shouldn't be having so many symptoms and that I need to get control back.
Any top tips? Anyone else have problems but no wheeze?