I gave up smoking after 30 years on 1st August this year and within three weeks of being smoke-free, I had my first asthma attack
I have Atrovent at night and also have a Salbutamol Reliever during the day if I need it. Which I've needed quite regularly recently after a big attack. I have been on four separate doses of Prednisolone for when I'm really bad. Unfortunately, this time, the Pred did very little to help. It took at least three days to kick in. I'm exhausted due to being unable to sleep for longer than three hours at a time and I'm getting a lot of severe chest pain and back pain and when I asked my GP, he said that I could take Ibuprofen for the pain and that it was just the fact that I will have pulled some muscles from all the coughing. I have read a lot of info and I know that Ibuprofen is not normally recommended if you're on an inhaler but the doc says as I've been able to take it before being diagnosed, then I should be OK with it now which I am.
I am due back for a spirometry this Friday and have a lot of questions. Far from improving, the asthma appears to be getting worse I don't want to become reliant on the Salbutamol either. The GP says that the asthma may only be temporary but I haven't read anything anywhere that says that asthma is temporary!
I'm getting quite down about it now and just wish they would get it under control
Is there anything else I can do to help myself? I've been told that an air purifier may help at home??