Iâ€™m fairly new to asthma, having been diagnosed with it in May this year after a bout of viral pneumonia in March and then an upper respiratory tract infection, tonsilitis and laryngitis. Iâ€™ve had a couple of colds as well (which really affect the peak flow readings) but donâ€™t seem to last long. At present Iâ€™m taking Seretide 250 Evohaler (2 puffs, morning and evening about 12 hours apart) and Salamol Easi-breathe (up to 2 puffs, twice daily in between the Seretide). My peak flow was levelling out nicely but is now quite erratic â€“ although usually staying within the Green level. Sometimes I feel as if I need more of the Salamol but hold out until the 4 hour interval is up.
There has been an ear infection since May and several courses of antibiotics havenâ€™t done much. I still get bouts of dizziness and have an appointment in October at a â€œdizziness clinicâ€. Iâ€™m expecting to be told this is another side effect of the original respiratory virus (similar to having ear problems after a bad cold) but has anyone else had similar problems?
I have been tested for allergies (only pollen was positive) as well as numerous blood and sputum tests, all of which eventually came back OK and Iâ€™ve been told the virus which started everything off has gone. Pollution makes me feel tight chested, as can humid weather and Iâ€™ve always had a problem with hayfever at certain times of the year (tree pollen especially).
My GP tends to say â€œit can take a long time for your system to recover and you can expect your immune system to be weakened and to get more illnesses.â€ Other than that nobody seems able to tell me more. I donâ€™t have any particular action plan from the GP apart from being asked to make an appointment after a three month interval to re-evaluate the condition.
Iâ€™m hoping to find out how much variation in peak flow is to be expected and how long it might take for the asthma to be more controlled. Iâ€™m now quite unfit, after all the respiratory problems, and get out of breath quite easily when walking uphill (it doesnâ€™t help that I live on a hill!) and would like to get an exercise routine going but am not sure what. Qigong is one exercise method that has been recommended by friends â€“ has anyone any other suggestions?
Sorry about the length of this posting but Iâ€™m trying to give as much detail as possible to see if other people have had similar issues and how they were resolved.