Hi, I'm new here. Hoping for a little help from fellow sufferers.
I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, following bronchiolitus and many chest infections. It was quite severe then, and I had my own ventilator at home following several admissions. However, I literally grew out of it. I always had an inhaler, but they generally went out of date, that's how little I used it. I have only needed them throughout my life when I become ill from something else. I'm 32 now, and since July I have been suffering constantly. Suspected swine flu set it off. In the last 10 weeks I've also had 3 chest infections and I'm currently on my second round of steroids. I am very confused and frustrated because by thursday this week, day 3 of steroids, I felt very ill again. I picked up on Saturday, but today I feel terrible again. I have pain between my shoulder blades, I can't stop coughing which leaves a metallicy taste in my mouth, and I feel like someone is constantly pulling a massive elastic band around me and pulling it as hard as they can. I'm not constantly breathless, but I'm taking my inhaler regularly which is very unusual for me. I have to go back to the docs tomorrow, but I feel like they don't seem to have a clue what's going on. They put me on a nebulizer last time which helped a bit. But what about when I get home. I'm too unwell to go to work. I feel like there is something whirring inside my chest when I breathe. Last set of chest xrays were clear and latest infection seems to have cleared up.
So what's wrong and when will it stop? I really need to feel better and get a grip on this myself as I don't feel like anyone else is.
Thanks for listening.