Has anyone experienced extreme side effects when using preventer inhalers?
I have tried Beclomethasone (2 puffs daily) three times now and every time I use it, my breathing improves but after the second to third day I get crippling back pain/pressure. I really don't know how to move forward in getting control of my asthma.
I have also tried Symbicort, Formeterol (on its own, which I have been told should not be prescribed as a stand alone treatment) and Serevent. What happens is, I try one of these long acting preventers and stop using them after a maximum of 4-5 days as the back pain is awful. I also sometimes get palpitations.
I then return to my Bricanyl reliever inhaler and feel my asthma is out of control, particularly mornings and evenings.
I had a spirometry test on Monday which was inconclusive. This was because I ran out of breath. I am at my wits end with my health because I had (what they think) was pleurisy, had a chest x-ray at the end of September which came back clear and blood tests (2 lots) taken. The blood showed some infection which the GP put down to the pleurisy and the 2nd batch showed some improvement.
I am 29 and I feel like my life revolves around asthma. I have been to every GP at my surgery. The latest visit resulted in the GP telling me to 'just stick to the Bricanyl' and he prescribed me cetrizine (hayfever tablets). He is sending me for some blood tests next week, one of which is to check the oxygen levels in my blood.
I feel like nobody is providing any consistency and I still have no real answers. I had a niggly pain which can be very sharp under my left arm which I have been back and forth to the docs with but they write it off as the pleurisy. How long does pleurisy last? I've been feeling like this since August.
Sorry for the rant but if anybody can offer any advice, I would be very grateful. Especially, if anybody has experienced the back pain issue - how do you control your asthma?