Hi i'm Carrie and I have been newly diagnosed with asthma, I had infantile asthma as a child nothing major I just remembered taking an inhaler every now and then- and going to the hospital I grew out of it by 9 or 10 i think. I remember having a cat allergy when I was 9 I then went on to of suffered the usual allergies horses dogs dust hayfever etc. oh and have always been allergic to penicillin.
All until 12 weeks ago I think it was - I had a tiny cold , after 4 days I then woke up wheezing I made an appointment at my GP and I was told I had a viral infection on my chest and to go on antibiotics and have complete bed rest, after days of wheezing and being breathless and like death laying in bed waiting for the antibiotics to kick in I decided to go back to the gp who seemed a little concerned after listening to my whirling chest and took my peak flow which was 250 she gave me predisolene(- might be spelt wrong but i havent got the energy to get up sorry:-() as well as erithromycin
she wanted me reviewed the next day but as it was saturday had no appointments left. I felt no better and so with my mums advice I made another appointment with the saturday walk-in clinic - my peakflow was 250 still and after going through my history he suspected asthma and additionally gave me a ventolin inhaler.
My low carried on for weeks and weeks and weeks the Drs thought i had pneumonia as well as asthma and carried on and on with antibiotics as well as asthma treatments I went to and from the Drs when I look back I really struggled to get from room to room i could only rest and suffered if i did anything I then got told by my gp this wasn't normal it was out of control asthma and i should of gone to hospital before now not sat all week allowing it to remain like this however I was checked over again and by that time I very slightly improved it was left if I felt a little better i could stay at home that weekend but if not i had to go in to hospital- I think my oral steriods kicked in then. pheowww.
When I went to Asthma clinic on monday I was then put on singular my seritide was upped and some days I was taking my inhaler 6 x 2 puffs a day and others up to 12 x 2 puffs daily. I very slightly improved and was referred and seen quickly by a specialist who was wonderful and spent nearly 2 hours with me. Since then I improved a little more for a week or two although my peakflow highest ever has been 370 but it is generally between 300 on those worse days and between 320 and 350 on others I was advised feeling that unwell was possible with that peakflow and all those occasions of breathlessness and so on- was infact me having an asthma attack but my ventolin was keeping my peakflow at around 300- I just thought I must be okay i'm above 250 so I didn't see it as urgent so the suffered at home.
Last week I felt unwell I had a infection, I was given antibiotics and sent on my way. I began to feel unwell a few days later with my asthma but put it down to the damp and smog of bonfire night until yesterday. I'd missed a dose the day before of my antibiotics so took two tablets 4 hours apart in the morning by 4pm when I finally got to the Drs I could not speak I was put on a neubuliser and given oral steriods (white tablets) which seemed to work I felt unwell but only had 4 people standing on my chest not 10 like earlier I had a sleepless night but didn't get as bad as earlier so I didn't need to call 999 pheoww.
This morning I took 6 steriods but these where coated in red, by 2pm I had 6 people standing on my chest. I went back to the drs and was put back on the neubuliser was given 6 white steriods and told to stay with someone this evening incase I need to call 999. I cant sleep and tomorrow i need to take 12 steriod tablets (white ones) seems my asthma is at its worst again although i've never been on 12 steriod tablets, seritide 250 4 puffs a day 1 singular tablet oh and i'm on 12 puffs twice easy of ventolin.
I think this part of my asthma is triggered by certain tablets mostly antibiotics I came to this conclusion yesterday - is this common? does this happen to anyone else. I also suffer with my allergies which mostly makes me wheeze and heavy on the chest and my peakflow dip but in a very different way. this tablet thing i must admit i'm scared at the moment - anyone who can help please please do
Sorry to go and on and on but i thought you'd need my whole story.
thanks for reading