I have had a week in hospital and two weeks back home now. Before hospital I had been on 40mg pred for 4 days with my asthma deteriorating. I was admitted, given back to back nebs, IV Mag, and IV Hydro on admission (silent chest). I did recover around day 5. My asthma deteriorates very rapidly and attacks can be severe and in between attacks I usually recover very quickly following nebs and/or steroid. For me, optimum dosage is short term steroid as when on pred for longer than a week and I start to reduce the steroid slowly and my symptoms return. I reduce by 5mg every 2 - 3 days. Every time it is the same and it is so difficult to reduce. This time I was down to 15 mg with a severe attack yesterday and a visit from Paramedics who did nebs, oxygen, and of course the need to take the steroid back to 40mg, and there after hourly nebs at home.
Does anyone else had similar problems and if so how do you reduce the steroid and manage the return of symptoms? Have read some stuff on Steroid Resistant Asthma and it seems this difficulty in steroid reduction could be the precursor to SR Asthma. Anyone had any experience of this too.
Thanks to anyone who can help.