Hi guys... I need informational help (again)... appreciate that medical advice cannot be given but your experience will help me decide.
History: Always had 'claggy lungs' but mid-November 2009 got a cold which turned into a cough. Couldn't shake off the cough and finally realised that it wasn't getting better just after Xmas. Was waking up in the middle of the night coughing and wheezing. Visited doctor and PF was 300. Prescribed Salbutamol which had an immediate relieving effect as PF increased to 510.
Kept a PF record as requested which looks like the Himalayas. After having a think about triggers I remembered that we had started using some memory pillows at about the same time so immediately removed them. PF readings started flattening out but after a week started getting more mountain top like again.
Today was my first visit with my surgery's Asthma nurse who after listening to my history gave me the option of having a short course of steroids (30mg Prednisolone over ten days) or starting with a preventor inhaler. After a chat I opted for the tablets as it would give me a quick indication on whether I had asthma as the course should calm down my symptoms... I felt fine about the decision until I started reading the side effects and people's comments on here.
Does anyone have a link to an article that could give me further information?
Some people talk about weight gain, others weight loss... I'm over weight so don't need further poundage!
Thanks for reading and advice