I had three months off last year with severe chest tightness and shortness of breath. A previous consultant put me on spiriva, serevent and singulair, and I've been very slowly getting better over the last four months.
Thing is, I don't wheeze, I never have a particularly low PF or see a correlation between PF and symptoms, allergy tests are clear, a histamine challenge reported that I only have mild asthma and spirometry is always normal. My new consultant has looked at the evidence and drawn the very logical conclusion that I don't need to be on all those hardcore pharmaceuticals. A the last appt he told me to start giving them up.
First I quit serevent and found I had frequent attacks that were mild but difficult to shift. I caved after two weeks because I hated getting ill again. Then I quit spiriva. After a week I had a more severe attack and started taking it again.
My next appt with the consultant is in a month and I'm getting stressed already. He's practically accused me of lying already for reporting symptoms that he can find no evidence for. I'm worried he won't believe when I tell him the effects of giving up the meds.
Anyone got any advice for how I can improve this relationship? I really need his help but I just come across as hysterical when I try to communicate how this affects my quality of life.