Last year I was given a salbutamol inhaler and a peak flow meter along with instructions to check PF morning and night and to try salbutamol before exercise and compare to exercise without to see if my symptoms were exercise induced asthma. The results led to confirmation of EIA.
I continued to monitor PF and realized that I was also having syptoms during the day (I'd had these before but put it down to being unfit or something and learnt to live with it) so tried the salbutamol and hey ho, calmed the symtpoms down.
So went to see asthma nurse who saw PF was saw-tooth like and along with salbutamol use suggested I had asthma with EIA. So she put me on various steroid inhalers which didn't work until I saw some but not total improvement with Seretide. Finally I tried Singulair and my symptoms vastly improved.
So things had been going fine for a few months, rarely using my salbutamol except for exercise, that is until xmas. Since then I've been having daily symptoms and struggling like mad with exercise again. Trip to the docs and he'd increased my Seretide again.
The problem is I've never required medical attention for an asthma attack, I don't wheeze, my spirometry came back normal and my PF are way above where it should be (550) and only dips slightly when I have symptoms (480). However salbutamol DOES get rid of my symptoms of tight chest, difficulty 'emptying' my lungs, SOB etc. So I just feel that I'm on a lot of drugs to say my symptoms aren't that bad. Is this normal? I guess I'm just a bit confused/worried!!