I've got moderate asthma, currently taking symbicort and accolate. My asthma gets worse over the summer months and once this summer and twice last summer, I was put on a course of steroids when my asthma flared up. I'm a lot better once the Autumn comes along, although I still get a bit of exercise induced asthma when I run.
Just back from a routine check-up with my GP. She has asked me to keep a peak-flow diary as she is trying to establish what is the cause. Peak flow wasn't overly illuminating and she's a bit concerned about the three episodes requiring steroids, as well as the continuing exercise induced stuff.
Can anyone give me an idea what a Consultant is likely to do? My GP said I had pretty much exhausted the treatments available at primary care level. I'm guessing I'll have to have another chest x-ray, but are there any other standard investigations I'll have to undergo? Finally, I'm keen to know if the next range of drugs (described by my GP as 'dirty') are effective? Or is there something else I might be offered, that doesn't come with nasty side effects?
Thanks for your help and advice.