Hello everyone, I am new to this so treat me gently! I have had a peak flow of around 400 since my 20's. It goes up and down with virus' etc, but I never had an asthma attack. Never needed to take the inhaler I was given as a precaution.
This Autumn I was diagnosed with stress - bad time at work with a weak headteacher with a reputation for distressing his staff... but that's another story.....
So, I got what I thought was a virus - coughing in the evenings until I was sick. Wouldn't go away, and 2 weeks later I saw another GP at the practice who said I had stress induced chronic untreated asthma.
Have been on steroid pills for 6 weeks, although have been coming down from 6 to 1 over the past 3 weeks. Have the red inhaler, plus a ventolin nebulizer 4 times per day. I no longer cough at night, but I cough up a good amount during the day - especially in the morning when I go out to let my animals out. What is worrying me is that the doctor feels I should have improved, and has sent me for a chest x ray. I am so scared of my next doctors appt because I dont know if there is something I should be scared about. But reading your great stuff on this site, it appears that 6 weeks isn't a long time to be coughing. How scared should I be? He put poorly responding asthma on my referral slip. I assume it is normal for asthma to take this long to respond to treatment? Any kind words would go down a treat. As I am still stressed and upset about situation at my work ( I have left now), I assume the stress induced asthma is likely to be lingering? And I feel like I have a cold all the time - is this asthma or do I have a cold???
Thanks for reading this - the first time I ever did a forum.