I'm new to this site and am looking for some information from people more used, if that'sthe right word, to asthma.
I'm 64 and had asthma as a child, which resolved in my teens. I've always been a bit 'allergic' - nettle rash etc and I have perennial rhinitis.
I think I picked up a viral infection in July, last year, no sneezing or cough,just felt awful. Then I started to cough and clear my throat-incessantly. Went through chest x ray - clear, treatment with antibiotics and steroid sprays -Clenil,then Qvar, Ventolin, Ipratropium etc. none of which seemed to help. Spirometry inconclusive for reversability - about 7% I think. Eventually, I was referred to a consultant, who did Manitol challenge and nitric oxide test plus more spiriometry and HRCT scan, which was clear.He concluded that I had asthma, probably started by the viral whatever it was in the summer. Prescribed Prednisolone, which didn't seem to help, then Symbicort, which gave me thrush. All this time,my only symptom was a slight expiratory wheeze, with coughing, sometimes moderately productive but very hard to shift anything (sorry) and throat clearing.My voice was completely shot (I'm a TU officer and have to talk a lot in my job - very difficult meetings/hearings when you can only croak or cough!)
I changed to Seretide 250/25 + occasional ventolin + Montelukast and seemed to be getting it under control (from November to late March) with mostly quiet nights and onlythe occasional coughing during the day, although throat clearindg remained a problem.
Suddenly,it's all gone wrong - I am coughing constantly and producing gunk and the throat clearing is damaging my voice agin.I am wheezing more and feel unwell, to say the least and getting very depressed about things.
I keep asking muyself if this is really asthma or something else and I don't seem to know enough to recognize what I ought to do about it or when. My GP is helpful but is no expert and doesnt know much about asthma. My memories of asthma are of attacks as a child and I'm finding it very difficult to cope with this persistent cough,that causes paroxysms in order to shift muck out. I keep asking myself if this is a common or recognized sort of thing with asthma or should I be looking for something else. I remember how awful asthma was, as a child, and remember the night time episodes with my mother holding this giant 'puffer' with an old fashioned squeeze bulb and a face mask.
I've seen my GP today and have been prescribed amoxicillin and prednisolone, although I have no symptoms of infection, and have been told to take more ventolin, but I really am at a loss to know whether mine is a common presentation or something very odd.
I'd appreciate any advice or information from any of you, more experienced and informed.
Thanks for listening