I have had minor asthma problems for many years which when neccessary I have used a blue inhaler - but very rarely. At the end of last year I had to visit London for work for a fortnight during which my asthma got much worse. i assumed it was linked to the extra pollution (I live in rural Suffolk) but when my symptoms didn't get better and i realised I was using my blue inhaler more then 4 times a day I went back to my GP to ask for his advice. He gave me a Peak Flow Test which was low (about 380 i think) and perscribed a Qvar Brown inhaler. initially my symptoms were better but after a couple of days they began to get worse again. A return visit to the GP resulted in him saying he suspected I was having a reaction to the propellant and since we were only seeing if this had an effect rather then teach me to use a different inhaler without propellant he would give me 7 days of a steriod tablet to see if that worked.
I went back on Thursday last week the tablets in my view having made a big difference - cough had gone, the tightness in my chest was gone, the breathlessness much reduced. He did another Peak Flow Test which was slightly improved (up to 410) but he said this was not significant for my age and height (I'm 43 and 6ft). i felt it was quite significant but have no idea what it should be for someone of my age and height. He has told me to go away and see what happens!
Already I am much more breathless, my chest is tight most of the time and i am coughing a lot more. Having not needed to use my blue inhaler at all while I was on the tablets I used it twice yesterday and have already used it 3 times today.
I am intending to return to the GP next week to ask him to do something but does anyone have any advice on how to approach this - I don't want to be too bolshy because he will have to continue to support me ongoing and I don't want to upset him.
Thanks in advance for your help