Just wanted to introduce myself really and say hello. I was diagnosed with asthma a few years ago but after some initial trouble controlling it, it took a back seat and I havent really had many problems since up until the last few months. I have now worked out that everytime I get so much as a sniffle I end up coughing and wheezing for days/weeks afterwards. The set up of my doctors (dont get me started) makes it difficult to get an appointment unless it's an emerginency and so I havent really addressed this issue properly and just treat with lots of Salbutamol, which takes quite some time to settle back down again. Until this past ten days! I had a tiny viral infection (I mean I had the sniffles for about 6 hrs!!) and then started with the asthma again, tried to control it with ventolin and by Friday it was unbearable (ok left it too late but you have no idea how hard it is to get an appointment!). I called the surgery hoping for an appointment with any doctor, and all I could get was a phone call with the nurse. Told her i thought I needed another inhaler and she told me she thought I would be fine. I had already told her i was getting next to no relief from that, that I was tired, couldnt manage even small tasks and that my chest was sore and tight. Was coughing on the phone to her, too and tbh I just couldnt be bothered to argue I just didnt have the energy at all!!
I ended up self-medicating out of desperation and borrowed my daughter's steriod inhaler and had the max dose for a couple of days while I waited for the doctors to see me. Went in today, slightly better no thanks to them, and he said I was still wheezy all over my chest (?) and he gave me Beclometasone 100 telling me to have 4 puffs morning and then again at night. Told me to use the ventolin 10 mins before to open the airways too.
He said this was an asthma attack, which really took me aback because i thought it was just a flare up. Just hope it settles down soon, because I am still shattered, still coughing and my peak flow is only hovering around 300-320!
So sorry for the essay, but does anyone have any hints/tips/advice for coping with this. i realise I only have mild asthma, dont know how a lot of people manage!!