I've had very mild asthma for 20 years. It's rarely been a problem, but has suddenly got much worse. I'm seeing a doctor, but I hardly sleep for coughing, I live alone and I'd welcome some advice. Will try to keep post short-ish.
I just had a chest infection last week and expected a ramp up in symptoms, but nothing like this. For four days I've been coughing, unable to sleep, struggling to breathe. I was on a flight yesterday evening and had same problem, inhaler was in the luggage rack during take off, and I had to get the flight attendent to help. She was clearly worried and told me I had gone quite white, so when I got home (after two more attacks) I went to A&E for the first time. They were going to put me on a nebulizer, but when I said I had a poor reaction to Ventolin (I get bad shakes, panic and feel sick) they decided not to. They gave me steroids instead, and I've had one dose so far. Today I went to my doctor, who didn't seem too concerned, though finally after asking for something different to Ventolin for years, I was given Bricanyl. He also gave me antibiotics for the chest infection.
My question is, how do I know when I need extra help? I think I did the right thing yesterday, but I still feel breathless and I'm having coughing attacks where I really need my reliever. I have always worried about being 'worried well' or a hypochondriac, but I live alone and I got quite scared last night, when having been to A&E, I came home and couldn't sleep for coughing and breathlessness until about 5 am. Is this normal? Should I expect it to go down with the meds I have, or should I have made more of a fuss?
And does anyone have suggestions for getting to sleep, especially when pumped up on all these meds? :S
Sorry for such a long post, have been lurking all day in an attempt to find answers.