In July 2011 I had a really bad chest infection that left me struggling to breathe properly, I was wheezing and coughing and sounded terrible and really struggling for breath. I went to my GP got antibiotics, went away, chest never cleared up, went back. Got given Salbutamol (said I could not have Prednisolone cos am diabetic). Salbutamol did little or nothing. Got signed off work for 2 weeks. Was so puffed out all the time and knackered. Went back to Drs, was given Salmeterol - few days later, this was not helping either, was struggling more and more. Had peak flow done (was 175). A different Dr said this cannot go on and put me on a 5 day course of prednisolone which was FANTASTIC, I could breathe!!!! Was told to keep taking Salmeterol and Salbutamol. SOme weeks later and many many episodes of coughing and wheezing and this last 6 days no sleep from coughing at night - few days ago I was prescribed Clenil (peak flow measured 250). Just been told to keep taking Clenil (and salbutamol) and see how it goes? So is this how it should be, is this all that happens now, me just seeing how it goes and going back to GP now and then if I need to?
Sorry for longish post. By the way, I did have asthma as a child (spent 12 weeks in a chest hospital when I was 8, Llangwyffan North Wales) but the astham went when I was 9 and became diabetic. Can't remember much if anything about astham though.