Apologies in adavance for yet another essay!
Can anyone tell me if it is normal to feel absolutely exhausted for nearly 2 weeks after a bad attack?. I was kept in hospital overnight as a chest infection , emotions and environmental triggers gave me an atypical attack. Was very sick and two lots of salbutamol & atrovent at home didn't work. Started to feel better when put on high dose of pred & antibiotics.
Due to an unsymathetic company I've now been back at work a week, still on a reducing dose of pred in addition to normal asthma nebs & singulair. I'm having additional salbutamol/atrovent at lunchtime which helps but by the end of the day my back hurts at the top and I'm struggling to do more than one thing ie get breathless if I walk and talk. I come home crash out on the sofa until its time for my pulmicort neb. After this I feel so much better. and am able to carry on abeit at a reduced level. Peak flows are still a bit down but at about 380 most of the time when I'm normally at about 450.
Was wondering if this is just 'normal' recovery and I'm being inpatient or should I be going and getting further help? The first review I can get with a respiratory nurse at the clinic is on the 25th. Problems seeing the GP as I can rarely get an appointment with one of them who actually knows me. I end up seeing a locum or another training GP and they either don't believe how bad my asthma can be as I'm not wheezy when they listen to my chest (until its serious) or when they find out I'm under a consultant they just tell me to call the clinic for advice. I'm just worried I'll be thought of as a problem if I keep on calling but I did really expect to be feeling alot better by now. Thought the change in weather would have helped more but doesn't seem to have any effect yet.
I'm trying to learn and manage this condition to keep me out of hospital but i'm just feeling a bit frustrated at the moment and not sure what to do. I'm definately going to ask for an action plan on the 25th to try and give some control back. I'm scared of having aother attack as things don't seem normal and there is always the possibility of disciplinary action at work for being off sick again.
Any advice would be helpful, many thanks