Hi all, I am a 50 year old female who was diagnosed with asthma last week. I'm not coping too well with the news as it came out of the blue after a chest infection. I don't smoke and have always looked after myself and none of my family have it so it came as quite a shock. I have been given a preventer and reliever to use. Please could someone tell me how long it takes for the preventer to improve the peak flow readings as I have been using it for a week so far and my readings are still round the 350 mark, should be 450 for my age and height. Also I have some nights where I don't get any sleep because I get waves of breathlessness whilst in bed. This is affecting my normal day to day activities as I am now becoming paranoid about symptoms and not wanting to go out anywhere sociably. Even going to work is a struggle, not so much due to symptoms but more the anxiety associated to them. I'm so glad to have found this site and hope that someone will be able to answer my questions.xx Julie
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