Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same problems with their asthma.
Over a year ago following my annual asthma review with my asthma nurse, i was prescribed Symbicort 200/6 2 puffs twice daily, on the SMART trial.
Previously i was on Ventolin 100mcg, Two puffs as and when required, Becotide 200mg, two puffs four times daily and Serevent 50 mcg, 2 puffs twice daily.
Since being switched to the symbicort, i have suffered numerous chest and upper respiratory infections. My asthma has not been very controlled.
I had to take a week off work, because i just couldn't breathe, or talk, as i was so breathless. It was terrible from the beginning of December, when we had that cold spell. My triggers are, dust, extremes of temperature, both too hot, or too cold, viruses, and common cold.
I work in a nursery, and Ofsted dictate that we have to do free flow, children can flow between being inside and outside, going from a warm nursery to outside in the cold, my asthma flares up, even if i take my ventolin 15-20 minutes before going outside this does not prevent an attack. I even wear a scarf round my mouth, so that i breathe in warmer air.
After a few months, I was prescribed ventolin to use as well as Symbicort, as i was having asthma attacks and having to rely on my symbicort to relieve the symptoms i was experiencing during exercise and every day activities...Basically i needed to prevent attacks rather than treating them when they happened.
My asthma was ok when i was taking the combination of all three inhalers, ventolin, Becotide and Serevent (Seperately).
I have been prescribed Prednisolone 4 times since December, because of asthma flare ups.
I have tried to get an appointment with the asthma nurse and she is fully booked till the end of March, however the receptionist noticed that my breathing was not right and remembered me being at the surgery xmas eve, and having to be nebulised...so she kindly got the doctor to phone me tonight, which he kindly has...
He has prescribed me Symbicort 400/12, Two puffs twice daily, got an appointment in 2 weeks time to see how i'm getting on...
I'm worried about the step up to the higher dose, does anyone have any problems/side effects from this dose?
Sorry to be waffling on, i've probably bored you all...
Hope to hear from you