A brief history of how I became asthmatic might be the best introduction to this.
I contracted what was eventually diagnosed as pneumonia in December 2002. After 10 weeks, eight courses of six antiobiotics and two courses of steroids I returned to work (teaching) still far from hale and hearty. A series of respiratory issues arose, and I was eventually told I had developed late-onset asthma, probably as a result of the pneumonia. I was put on an inhaler (budesonide: eventually, 1600mmg daily). Some input from chest con. No desperate problems again, but no real progress, and a sense that I was being 'managed' in a slightly desultory manner, until...
Last December: severe chest infection, four weeks off work. Most of the session; general unwellness/lethargy and lack of energy which I feel was related to asthma issues. This month: throat infection which I was told had cleared, then was told had gone into my chest. Steroids, antibiotics, change of inhaler to Symbicort 200/4.5, and (eventually) issue of nebuliser with doses of Ventolin (2.5). As always, never consecutive meetings with the same GP. Signed off for what will be five weeks in total. Suggestion from work, accepted positively, of input from occupational health, and that I should stay off until I am 'better'. Fairly abrupt meeting with GP who, aprised of this, organised nebuliser, chest con input and absence from work, then announced that ""all the boxes had been ticked"" and waddled off.
Through all of this my peak flow readings have stabiilised at 550 + (from around 400-450 two years ago); this I suspect has been used as 'reassurance' that my case wasn't that bad. However, in my view this year has seen a marked deterioration in my health which has resulted in substantial absence from work and lessening of 'quality of life'.
But still I have this thought; am I being a hypochondriac? After 40-odd years of good health, am I over-reacting to my first brush with some reasonably serious health issues? Or is this doubt simply the result of some stroppiness from my GPs being taken too much to heart?