I was diagnosed 12 years ago with asthma and have gone through many treatments and the more I take the worse I get.
After getting pleurisy several years ago and being on seretide and prednisole for 18 months I found that I couldn't even get up a standard flight of stairs without stopping a couple of times. I had put on a hell of a lot of weight and the drugs I was taking affect my mental state as well - I would sit and cry - couldn't hold an intelligent conversation at times because my braiin felt 'fried'
Plus the more I took the less my immune system worked so the more infections I got and the more drugs I was offered to treat it
After a lot of research I went to my doctor and told him I needed to come off these drugs - the seretide (even though mild doseage) had to be done over a period of three months - something to do with your adrenal gland function - and I went through a couple of weeks of absolute hell with withdrawl symptoms.
Over the past few years I have lost over 5 stone - still more to go to get back to where I was.
I still keep the seretide inhaler for when I have a bad cold or congestion but the only medication from the doctor I take is ventolin.
I have learnt to control my asthma - I know what triggers it to a certain extent and I know not to get too warm (any kind of heat seems to trigger it - even a hot bath)
I take a booster course of echinacea/golden seal and cats claw for three months at the beginning of every winter for my immune system. I take magnesium tablets to help with the congestion, have eucalyptus oil (not menthol as this really gets to my chest) and have a humindifier in my bedroom for when I am bad.
We have ionisers in all rooms and my husband has converted our shower into a steam room which works amazingly well.
My current problem is that - although I have peak flow around the 500 mark, I go canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, camping and I walk to work - I do still take quite a lot of ventolin - which my doctor is OK with
However, the practice asthma nurse is one who believes that your asthma isn't under control without a preventer. So every six months I have all out war with the practice to get my prescription because she threatens to withdraw or restrict my ventolin if I don't take some form of steroid preventer.
My arguement is that I am managing on 2 inhalers a month and I take the seretide when an attack is coming on - usually this works. If I take this inhaler all the time then when I am ill I have to take prednisole (I put on half a stone in a week - apart from the usual side effects like turning your insides to soup) and if I take this inhaler - eventually I get used to it but I have to continue with this and then take another one - and you start on that nasty downward spiral again.
Apart from being a violation of my human rights - how can a medical practitioner justify forcing someone to take more drugs when they manage on the bare minimum.
Does anyone else have this kind of problem with their quack