I've been floating around for a while and reading the forums. I note with concern that many of you are in and out of hospital and use nebulisers every day. My asthma seems different and I was wondering if any of you have similar symptoms or any idea what could help. I'm not even sure it's asthma sometimes!
I'm a 34 year old lady and my first and only exacerbation started at Easter this year. I started noticing chest tightness and coughing 24 hours after going swimming or doing a yoga class which would resolve after another 24 hours. Despite increasing becotide, three courses of pred through the year, serevent and spiriva, I now get crippling chest tightness and cough from any kind of exertion. I can't do anything really so I've been off work for a few weeks. My peak flow is anything between 400 and 530, but I don't see much correlation between symptoms and PF. I've also tried symbicort (gave me chest pains), singulair and phylocontin. I didn't give the pills much longer than a week because pred had already ripped my stomach to shreds and I hadn't yet found the amazing ranatidine. Maybe I should try them again?
These tests have come back negative: echocardiagram, ECG, exercise ECG, loads of chest x-rays, lung cat scan, sinus scan, allergy tests and blood tests. The only positive test was a barium swallow, but I think I've nailed that problem now.
It feels like a slow and unstoppable freight train heading towards - well, something dramatic. I don't know! I was just wondering if anyone has similar difficult-to-shift slow onset asthma? Or does the fact that it's getting worse despite taking so many drugs mean it's all in my head as so many helpful friends keep suggesting..?!