I'm new to the ranks of the asthmatic, though I have probably had asthma since I was a small kid. (School nurse suggested it, my mum thought it more likely I was ""just unfit"", I lived in a London borough where asthma was over-diagnosed by school nurses).
After a cold last year turned into 8 weeks of coughing, which seemed to be a vicious cycle of coughing aggravating my chest causing more coughing I went to my GP to ask if a bronchodilator would stop the cycle, I was asked about my general symptoms (as yes, I did get very breathless after exercise, to the point of fuzzy headedness and vision blurring, and yes, I would cough and wheeze after certain vigorous activities, and yes, I was allergic to dogs, cats, pollen, dustmites, and yes, I would wake in the nigth feeling like I was choking) and the conclusion was reached that I was probably asthmatic, and the cold had triggered an exacerbation in my asthma.
I was given Beclometasone to use twice a day, and salbutamol to use four times a day until the coughing reduced.
I was tested a few weeks later by having to blow into a machine, then use salbutamol, then blow into it again, and my peak flow was very good, both before and after using the salbutamol, so the practice nurse said I probably wasn't asthmatic.
Then a couple of months ago I went back to see my GP because I am constantly tired, to the point of making stupid mistakes at work. I've been constantly tired for years now, but as I'm working it's now a real problem. I saw a different GP, and he suggested that it might be asthma related, and to get back on the beclometasone + salbutamol, twice a day.
I do feel a little less constantly sleepy, but I am still having attacks of incredible tiredness, dizziness, foggy-head. I also still have episodes of tight chest, breathlessness, pain in the muscles in my throat and around my chest - things I used to think were panic attacks (as I have a history of anxiety), but I now realise are probably asthma attacks.
Should I be pushing to see an asthma nurse? Should I be monitoring my peak flow?
Thanks all for reading to the end of this!