I'm hoping that someone can put my mind at rest. 46 yr old man. recently stopped smoking after 20yrs because i was getting short of breath just climbing the stairs.
4 weeks ago i went to work feeling breathless and chesty as usual, any jokes told at the office generally saw me in a coughing fit but today just felt like a cold coming on.
At 11pm i had to come home..1pm i was about to dial 999 as i couldnt breath..haveing to force air into and out..rushed to doctors surgery and they put me on a nebuliser my Peak flow before neb was 80 and 190 after 30 mins on the nebuliser. Doctor prescribed antibiotics, pill steroids and an inhaler..since then ive gone onto a brown inhaler twice a day as well as blue inhaler when i need it. Also had an X-ray after course of anti biotics had finished and doctor said it showed signs of infection in right lung.
ive been recording my peak flows for 4 weeks now, highs of 350 lows of 150. Doctor says it is late onset asthma but it doesnt seem to be getting any better. I have a nurse appointment in 2 weeks for "" spiro tests""? do my syptoms sound symptomatic of your asthma? or is it something worse COPD?..or am i just worrying needlessly? Bit hard to talk to my wife as she just gets upset by it..even to the extent that if i need the inhaler i try to hide needing it and go to the toilet or something. or late night coughing fits and difficulty breathing "" going downstairs for a cuppa"".
Oh im 6' 1"" and 15 stone if it helps