I cant change it now, but I was ment to put this in the ""general"" forum.
Hey, my name is Isabel, and Im new here *waves* I'll apologise firstly for any spelling mistakes and secondly that I have a tendency to waffle and go off topic. Please bear with me.
Im almost nineteen years old. I was diognosed with Asthma just before I turned seventeen. It was 'triggered' by me having a very servere cold/flu and having alot of difficulty breathing after the illness had gone. I went to the doctor who prescribed me a short course of anti-biotics to clear out any infection and a small blue ventilin inhaler to help with my breathing, especially at night. He was pretty convinced on the spot it was asthma from what I had explained to him though he wanted to clear away any infection that might be there before he could be sure. Going back a week later and running a few short tests he confirmed that I was asthmatic.
I had alot of symptoms of asthma as a young teenager, even with alot of regular excercise (a 2 hour bike ride everyday) I would still get wheezy and out of breath. I found I needed to avoid any forms of spray, deoderant or cleaning product if I didnt want to be gasping for oxygen. I requested on more than one occasion to visit the doctor, but my dad would always give me the same answer ""your just lazy, thats why you cant breathe""
In the space of two or three years, Ive progressed from one ventilin inhaler occasionally, to a ventalin, a 200mg beclazone inhaler four times a day and a 25mg serevent inhaler, four times a day, every day. And Ive also had one asthma attack -which was not so pleasent-
My doctor was pretty sure when he first diognosed me that the asthma would ""clear up"" in a few months, but now Im being told its likely to get worse and I'll be on medication for it the rest of my life. Its not so much that taking the medication bothers me, but Im wondering if its rapid worsening(sp?) is due to the fact that I never sought out treatment when I was younger.