Hi everyone. So glad I found this website - it's been very informative and useful. I was diagnosed with asthma in the early hours of yesterday after having been rushed to hospital after suffering a severe attack which I have to say was probably the most frightening thing I've ever experienced in my life. I've been suffering from a chest infection since january and was prescribed various courses of antibiotics and steroids, none of which seemed to work. After visiting a 2nd doctor 2 weeks ago who checked my chest, he was certain I didn't have asthma and reckoned I had a windpipe infection and some other viral infection which was why the medication didn't work. I was given a blue inhaler which I was to use as and when neccessary to help assist my breathing and was instructed to return in 4 - 6 weeks if it hadn't improved.
My trip to hospital yesterday saw me on a nebuliser for 4 hours, have 2 blood tests to see if I was getting enough oxygen into my blood and a chest x ray. I was also given a large dose of steroids through an IV drip.
I'm hoping someone will be able to advise me on how I can get a decent nights' sleep while enduring constant breathlessness. My inhaler does help ease things but not for very long and I haven't had a full nights sleep in months because of it. I'm at my wits end. Because this is so new to me, I don't know what to do. I've been referred to an asthma clinic which will hopefully help sort things out but I don't expect to hear from them until sometime next week. I'd be most grateful for anyone's help or suggestions. I'm scared and just want to try make things better for myself. Thank you