Hi Everyone, this is going to be a long post!
I should be on Seretide 125 2 puffs twice daily and Salbutamol PRN. I'm hopeless at remembering to take my preventer and usually 'get away with it'
However, I got an cold in early December which caused an exacerbation; but again I got away with it by having lots of salbutamol. Mid Devember I got another cold, wasn't as bad as the first but I was left with a bad cough at night - I knew this was a sign of deteriorating control but didn't act upon it.
Got another cold about 2 weeks ago which was awful. My best PF is 574 and it dropped to 310, and only improved to 350 with Salbutamol, which wasn't lasting the full 4 hours. Was 380 when GP saw me.
I finally went to GP who gave me Prednisolone 30mg/day for 5 days) which is now finished, but although my PF has been upto 460 it is now down to 390 again. Cough hasn't gone and I'm starting to feel tight again. However, I don't feel as bad as when I went to GP.
Have doubled up on Seretide (as advised by GP) I'm never keen on this due to the Salmeterol content and queried the advice as I thought you couldn't do this!
I have made an appointment with the asthma nurse for 2 weeks time as I would like to develop a self management plan (had one years ago and it worked really well)
I've never had Prednisolone before (been offered it twice but refused) What sort of improvement should I expect, how long does it last? Is it usual for Asthma to get worse as soon as it's finished?
P.S. I am now very motivated to sort out my Asthma and understand fully that I need to maintain compliance to stop feeling this bad again.