Have recently been diagnosed with mild to moderate asthma, about 6 weeks ago. Since then, I can't seem to get it under control. I've been seeing my GP, who has prescribed Salbutamol, and I'm being monitered. Having spirometry tests next week, and may have to have a steroid inhaler too.
This is all new to me though, and I'm feeling a bit low at the moment. From leading a pretty normal life about 6 months ago, the asthma seems to be in control at the moment. I had a bad attack yesterday, with lots of coughing, and it took 4 puffs of Ventolin and almost 3 hours before I felt anything like normal. I had to take the day off work, and am still off today. The asthma is pretty OK today, but it's the aftermath. The sore ribs from coughing that make it that I can't get a decent lungful of air because it hurts.
Is all this stuff normal? Should I be seeing the doctor today after my attack yesterday? I don't want to waste valuable surgery time if I don't need to see the doc, but at the same time, I'm not having the spiro tests until next week, and my follow up GP appt is not until the week after. Am I going to be able to get back to near normal?
I'm very fortunate in having a very understanding boss, who is asthmatic, so knows the problems, but I don't want to keep having to miss work. I guess I'm looking for some advice and reassurance.
Thank you in advance