First post here..(sorry its long!!) Basically I am 42yr old female.. Been diagnosed with asthma for years but, like some others here, I never (or v rarely) wheeze. I cough.. a lot and peak flow is never great. Things with my chest seem to have got progressively worse over past few years.. esp the winters.. I get frequent chest infections.. last winter had pneumonia and have since been seeing resp cons. Had CT scan in Nov which was clear.. but bcos of symptoms and growing nasty bugs in sputum I am being treated 'as if' brochiecstasis and on prophylactic antibs.
Anyway until this past year i had only ever had one asthma attack.. Have had 3 this past year.. all involving hacking cough which just won't go away.. Last 2 I could work out triggers.. But yest I had an attack at work (in open plan office) which resulted in me going to a and e.. hideous.
It started with coughing which just wouldn't go away.. took inhalers as 'my plan'.. prob took too much as I got v light headed and tingly.. Just wouldn't get better.. Paramedic eventually came and I got a couple of nebs which did seem to help.. But then it all started up again and I got another neb at hosp.
For the life of me I cannot work out what happened yest.. I ran at lunchtime.. I am a regular runner.. and for me yest was 'mild' weather.. It was a short run but I guess everyone at my work now thinks running is BAD. I have been under considerable stress but the past few days have actually been v chilled..
Today I am exhausted, and chest is sore. Saw asthma nurse who has given me 7 days of pred. Scared of another chest inf.. but touch wood am ok..
What happened? What if you can't work out the trigger? Scared of my asthma taking over... Also scared that work are scared as this is the 2nd ambulance in 6 months..
sorry for long post......x