Just got back from outpatients appt.
I've been started on Tiatropium inhaler but have been thoroughly assured by the consultant I do not have COPD, lung function tests show it IS asthma but as I didn't react well to theophyllin or singulair he's started me on this. He has also said we are running out of options, if this doesn't work I have to consider a course of long term oral steroids (which I would REALLY like to avoid) and possibly Xolair.
It's weird. I don't understand why he seems to be going for the big guns because although I struggle with my asthma it doesn't seem that bad to me...especially when I read what some other people on here are going through.
Is anyone else on this Tiatropium inhaler? If so can you let me know your experiences of it?
He also said he'd never heard of someone having sleep disturbance and vivid dreams on Singulair....erm.. excuse me??!! It's one of the recognised side effects!!
I think I've lost a lot of faith with this guy. He's the Asthma specialist consultant locally but I get the impression he doesn't know what to do with non typical asthma and he's really NOT inspiring me with confidence.
Anyone got any advice? Should I be asking for a referral to a specialist centre? How long do I persevere with this guy? He's happy to answer my questions but told me today that we are running out of treatment options.
I've also been referred again for allergy testing because It didn't happen after he referred me last time - go figure!
My chest X-ray was normal, my lung function tests showed asthma and a degree of reversibility with the nebuliser.
I also told him that when I take a lot of ventolin I am getting tachycardic runs and some arrythmias (skipped heart beats). These are quite concerning to me but he wasn't bothered, just agreed that this happens with a lot of salbutamol.
GRRRR!! Sorry to vent - anyone got any bright ideas? Not looking for medical advice by the way - just other peoples experiences and opinions!! (Sorry the post is so long!)