I've just joined this site and wish I'd found it years ago! I was diagnosed about 7 years ago but it seems likely I've had asthma for a lot longer. I hadn't really accepted the diagnosis until reading many of the posts here as one of the big things is I only wheeze when I've got a bad cold or respiratory infection. So first - thanks everyone for all your posts.
I was prescribed Beclomethasone (is that Becotide? can't remember) and Ventolin but about a year ago, found that the preventer made me cough immediately so I decided that must be because I wasn't asthmatic after all (wishful thinking) and I stopped using it. I would always use Ventolin before and during exercise and a lot more during the hayfever season and winter. It seemed to be ok.
This recent cold has done for me though! I've had a really tight chest and pains in my chest and a real burning sensation. I have loads of mucus and am really breathless, even walking up the stairs indoors. it takes me a few minutes to get my breath back (feeling like a numpty now for not thinking to use my Ventolin!).
Went to see the doc yesterday. She was very dismissive and, on the basis that my chest sounded clear and I was not wheezy, said that I should just increase my Ventolin to 3 - 4 puffs, 4 times a day. When I explained the problems I'd experienced with the preventer and asked for an alternative, she just said it must be poor technique. I disagreed because the asthma nurse had said I had a good technique and anyway, I have no problems with the Ventolin. I pressed her for a prescription so that I could try an alternative preventer and I now have Flixotide - I've been able to use this with no difficulty at all.
Was I right to insist on having a preventer? From the posts here I think I do need one. Would I be better just using the Ventolin 4 times a day as suggested?
My goal is to get back to riding a bike competitively - anyone think that's possible?
Sorry this is so long and thanks in anticipation.