ok, my first post. I should tell you the story so far...
For as long as I can remember, I've had breathing problems.Most of the time it was due to hayfever. From April to August every year I would be up 5 nights a week coughing, feel breathless, have a tight chest and wheeze whenever I did exercise. I always just accepted that this is what happened. I got a prescription for a salbutamol inhaler when I was about 9 and just kept using the inhalers as and when I needed then (usually every day). The prescription ran out ages ago, but my mum decided to keep putting it in anyway to get it repeated, and it was every time without fail. Last year, I decided that when the inhaler I had ran out, I would go back. Every year the symptoms get worse and it got to the point where I could only dance for 5 minutes before I was unable to breathe. At other times I can last for an hour.
I had a chest infection when I was a few hours old, so I took it as given that every winter I would get around 10-12 colds and that I would constantly have a cough. Last year, in November, it was worse than ever. I was literally unable to breathe, using my inhaler 4 times a week and awake all night coughing. I saw a nurse practitioner but also had tonsillitis and laryngitis at the time so I couldn't explain myself. She told me I didn't have a chest infection and that I should just ride it out. By Februaru it hadn't gone so I made an appointment with my GP. This was 5 weeks ago. He asked me a few questions, listened to my chest and then told me to use a salbutamol inhaler morning and night, and whenever I needed it, to keep an symptom diary and to see an asthma nurse in 6 weeks.
I'm going next week. My GP said she would do breathing tests, but didn't say what they are, or what they involve. My breathing had improved and, though I still get symptoms, I'm back up to 10 minutes of dancing a night and am generally more awake. Hayfever is my main problem at the moment and this year my tablets aren't working after a month of taking them, so I'm going to ask about something stronger.
Basically, I'd just like to know what's going to happen when I see the nurse. I'm 18 and have never needed to see a doctor before in my life. My parents don't seem to care and I don't know anyone with asthma so I'm a bit scared. Can anyone help?
Well done if you got through that without falling asleep. Sorry it's so long, I just though it might help if I wrote the full story out rather than just bits of it.
Thank you for any advice. I really appreciate it.