I have had asthma for about 5 years ( now 49 ) and it has got worse and worse. i have been prescribed most things I have read of here and my medication now consists of 400\12 Symbicort x4 , monty, ventolin nebs and puffers and a cycle of pred going from 40mg to 20mg constantly. My consultant seems pretty useless and just says I must get off the pred but how I achieve this is a mystery because as soon as I go below 20mg it all kicks off again and I either stick out the symptoms myself indoors and go back up to 40mg or end up in hosp. When I am really bad I can't speak, can only walk a few yards and my chest and neck pump like mad.I have to sit absolutely still and then I slowly recover until I move and off we go again.
I've had pred for 2years plus now and have put on about 3 stone but have no other effects. I have no attacks as such and don't have an allergy to anything that I know about. All my bloods come back normalish but my spirometry is bad with a good PF of 550 ( rare ) and bad 170
I know a bit about pred and its effects - I take Alendronic acid too for bones but how long can you stay on pred without big problems ? Does it slowly kill you ? My GP is much better than the Cons .She regularly sends me for bloods and scans and has asked for another opinion and referal to RBH but I think the Cons has to approve Hope someone has some info for me.