Im Caroline and am 30, i was diagnosed with asthma when i was 3 so have had it a long long time, although it seems to get bad then settle down again but im in a rut at the mo and need some ideas about treatment and some general ideas to take to Resp cons next week.
I got admitted to hospital nearly 8 weeks ago with severe double pneumonia, was on back to back nebs, 02, had hydrocortizone im, and had a massive asthma attack, so ended having iv magnesium, was knocking on icu's door all night and was v v poorly. My cons said if i hadnt been in hospital then i would have died at home!!!!!!!!
Since then i have been on 40mg Smarties for 6 of the 8 weeks, 8 puffs of symbicort 200/6 (4 in am, 4 at bed) a shed load of ventolin - can be up to 60 puffs of ventolin through my spacer a day, in very short of breath and my chest is battered and bruised and feels like its being crushed constantly. Im having about 2/3 asthma attacks a day and feel so rubbish and fed up and dunno what to do any more!! Im back on antibiotics atm, and have had to have 8 nebs in the last 8 weeks, which is so unlike me - the last time i had a neb was about 6 years ago!!!
My asthma is now being discribed as ""brittle"" so i dont know what the implications of this are??
my inhalers atm are:
symbicort 200/6 4puffs twice a day
ventolin through a spacer about 60/70 puffs a day!!!!
in the past ive tried:
none of those have seemed to work in the past.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what treatments that i could ask the Cons if its worth trying? i need to ask him about my steroids as i seem to be taking so many - and im piling on the weight!!!!!
Thanks in advance
ps. sorry for the long 1st post xx