Hi, I was diagnosed with asthma about five years ago (mild) but it has increasingly worsened since then. I had a hospital stay for five days about three years ago and several A&E visits since. After losing a few stone and going to the gym four times per week, my asthma improved but since September it has really deteriorated to such an extent that I can only walk a few yards without either coughing or wheezing, and the gym is definitely out of the question.
Since Sept, I have had various antibiotics and steroids every month but after coming off the steroids for about a week, the symptoms come back.
I feel really fed up and worried that this is how it is going to be forever. I am not sleeping due to coughing and the symptoms are affecting my job which I love. I also feel quite light headed - is this due to lack of oxygen? I am currently on Seretide 500 and Singulair. I also have to use the blue inhaler approximately every hour.
I have now been referred to a hospital consultant but as my asthma nurse keeps telling me that I am on the max dose, is there anything else that can be done?
Please advise if anyone knows how to get me back to 'normal'. I feel like asthma is ruining my life. My normal peak flow is 420 but is currently 210.