My asthma has been shockingly uncontrollable for about 4/5 months now, culminating in being admitted to hospital for 2 weeks after catching the flu. I've always had asthma, with the occasional blip here and there, but by and large it has always been well controlled and has always responded well to any adjustments in medication. Since August I have been a huge decline in my condition. At first I was having frequent bad attacks - I had to visit my local minor injuries unit 3/4 times a week to use the nebulisers. My GP obviously had to go through the 5 step system but the process is incrediably slow and frustrating. My condition then slowly developed into persitent wheezing, fatigue and sleep problems on top of current symptons. I couldnt walk 100 yards without being exhausted. Blood test followed, daily peak flow charts, spirometry tests, prednisolone, singulair, uniphyllin, seretide, symbicort, x-rays. Everything.
I've done it all, several times. I was a spectacular flop on the spirometry test in particular. Since Novemeber I have been seeing the Chest Specialist, again, more of the same test, more questions, no answers. I then got the flu and was in a terrible state. I was taken to the medical assessment unit where my condition deteriorated at a remarkable rate. I was move to ICU where I remained for 5 days, of which I didnt sleep at all. I was then moved onto a general ward and it was not for another week that i could even get out of bed. Nebulisers were used several times a day with no effect whatsoever as well as IV hydrocortisone and aminophylline. It calmed down a few days later and was allowed to leave. However, all the medication is having some adverse side effects. I cannot sleep at all. This is causing other problems. My chest is extremely tender (as to be expected) im sweating, shaking and have cramp in my lefts and pins and needles all over my body. The fatigue is still shocking. My lungs are apparantly in the state of 65 year old smoker. I'm a slender 25 year old! I have a huge dip on my PEFR in the morning. I can normally get a 550 in good health. In the morning i am lucky to get 100.
So basically, Im waiting to see the specialist again after Christmas where some allergents will hopefully be revealed and we can hopefully finally settle on my inhaler combination. By the way, the level of care I recieved was amazing. The nurses were of the highest standard.
Basically, I understand the unpredicatability of asthma and the approach of 'trial and error' but has anyone had such a decline for such a long period without any answers and felt argualbly worse after coming out of hospital?