OK, I'm really quite confused. Has anyone found that a reliever that has not previously worked suddenly starts sort of working?
Was planning to ring asthma nurse on here tomorrow for advice as have wait for consultant appt and no medication that works. Was feeling very breathless so I thought 'ok, maybe I will try Ventolin again and measure PF before and after to see what happens.' Ventolin as far as I know hasn't worked before for me, it's been prescribed twice by different GPs and never seemed to make a difference.
This evening, I had 4 puffs within 5 mins, maybe less (not doing that again if I can possibly avoid it, the shakes are terrible!). PF before, around 500. PF afterwards: over 650!! And breathing was eased though still had cough and feeling of some mucus being trapped in there (don't have chest infection as far as I know, this feeling isn't uncommon for me). Still better than it was though creeping back down and haven't managed to repeat the over 650.
Just wondering if anyone else has had this kind of experience? It's really confusing me; I will ask the nurse about it when I phone tomorrow but thought I'd post anyway.
Though confused am also kind of pleased, because this does show that my 'excellent, better than predicted' PFs of around 500 when very breathless, which have had medics saying it's not asthma, are obviously not good results for me, if I can do 650 - and if there was that increase after Ventolin then I am pretty damn sure there's asthma going on here (was fairly sure anyway, but this seems very suggestive to me). Not that I want asthma, but I seem to have the symptoms anyway so I'd rather have a diagnosis and some treatment than the hemming and hawing I've had so far.
Sorry for yet another long post, would welcome any contributions.