Hi, new to the site


Just thought I would introduce myself. I am 45 years old and have very recently been diagnosed with late onset asthma, which came to light during my runs (yep I am a road runner for my sins) and my breathing seemed to be getting worse and hey presto turns out I have asthma - which I am still coming to terms with.

I am on a preventer inhaler Centil Modulite and have an appointment, my first, at my GP's asthma clinic in about 6 weeks.

Any help/advice/support would be gratefully received.

Many thanks.

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  • hi just thought id say hi and welcome hope u get on ok with us here at auk .i myself dont have asthma but my son does and its an awful thing 2 have 2 come 2 terms with.if u fancy a chat email me.lisa.

  • Hi Roadrunner,

    Welcome to Asthma UK, I do hope you'll find us a welcoming bunch and a good source of information and support. Do feel free to ask any questions that might occur to you.

    One thing that I do try to say to all new members - you need to be aware that a board like this one attracts a disproportionate number of asthmatics at the severe end of the spectrum. You may read accounts of poor control, multiple medications, frequent hospital admissions and even Intensive Care admissions. These sorts of experiences, whilst unfortunately common on this board, are rare in asthma as a whole. The vast majority of asthmatics - probably 95% - can be completely or almost completely controlled, with little or no interference with their day-to-day lives, once the right combination of medication is found. It is highly likely that you will be in this group. It may take a while, to find the treatment that suits you, but with a bit of patience and perseverance you will get there. Asthma can be serious - indeed, in the worst cases it can be fatal - but in most people it should not stop you doing the things that you want to do.

    I know that it will take a while for you to come to terms with having asthma, especially as you are obviously used to being fit and active. The good news is that you are already on treatment, and have an asthma clinic appointment, so you are already taking the steps that you need to take to get control back and make sure that you can do the things that you want to do - which, in your case, would include your running, of course. You may have to temporarily scale back what you are doing, whilst you try and get control of your asthma, but ultimately the aim of treatment should be to allow you to carry on running as you have been.

    If you don't have a peak flow meter, ask your GP or asthma nurse to prescribe one for you or buy one from your pharmacy. This is a really simple way of keeping an eye on your breathing yourself and getting to know how your asthma is affecting you. You should measure your peak flow three times a day, when you have symptoms, and before and after using your reliever inhaler. This will also be a really useful tool for your GP to see how well your asthma is controlled.

    There are other aspects of asthma care to consider, but you will get the hang of things over the next few weeks and months. Very soon all of this will seem like second nature to you. In the mean time, as I said, do feel free to ask any questions at all.

    Take care,

    Em H

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