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Newly Diagnosed Yikes!

Hello I was diagnosed only 4 days ago, and proceeded to have an attack ended up in a&e that evening. Pretty scary stuff. I was taken home, tucked into bed with steroids and told to rest.

Does anyone else have difficulty with this? I went out today, feeling better, walked about, the distance and speed I normally go. I was knackered when I got home, starting to think I should do what I'm told, but don't want to.

Any ideas for exercise, diet...

I'd be grateful for any tips

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Hey - Welcome to AUK!

It sounds like your've had a pretty bad week! It must have been rather scary having to go to A&E too. What did they give you in a&e? it might be an idea to go back to your GP and tell them what happened, as they might need to adjust your treatment slightly, however I'm guessing you'd only started your brown inhaler that day, so it wouldn't have had time to work.

It always takes time for you to recover after an attack, so take your time and rest. Hopefully very soon your'll be back to walking as far and as fast as normal - or hopefully more as your asthma symptoms will be under controll! :)

As a newly diagnosed are you still discovering what your triggers are? or do you already know? because i think the best advice is to find out as much as you can, so they can be avoided or lessened (is that a word :S)!

mmm.... I'll have a think for some more tips for beginners! hehe

ally :) xx


kit, I feel for you, all this is new, and ending up in a&e, not something I've done (yet) will take some getting use to. Keep taking the brown inhaller, and do go back to your GP. You should hopefully have an action plan, that tells you what to do in an attack, and how to change your medication following one. Also, I hope you have a peakflow meter, and again this will take while to work out the base level, and notice when you are getting worse, but this is important to learn, and then use your action plan to adjust your meds to prevent another attack.

Walking is a great form of exercise, just take a couple puffs of the blue inhaler 10 mins before leaving, and take it with you, if needed, take it when out on your walk or when you return. All things that you will eventually learn, but for now just take it, it won't do you any harm, and may prevent another trip to A&E. After a while you may get your medication changed to include another one that works as a long time type of ventolin (serevent), but thats a little way down the line for diagnosing yet.

Swimming is a great form of exercise for asthmatics, the warm moist air is good, but some here find the opposite. The cold air is a real sod for me, and I have to wear a buff over my nose and mouth if i go for a run or cycle ride, even on a day like today.

take care, and please feel free to ask any more questions, we're a friendly bunch (mostly)



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