I have been asthmatic for 12 years, after a having pleuracy, and luckily to date have had very few problems at all.
However, that all changed 6 weeks ago, I started with a tickly cough at night, and then began to cough up muck. To cut a long story short, I now wake at night every 2-3 hours, unable to breathe and choking. When i can finally get any ssalamol in and have coughed up lots of phlegm (sorry to be so graphic!) the choking subsides. I have been to the GP 6 times, been prescribed 2 courses of pred, 2 courses of anti-biotics, change from budesonide to symbicort, diazepam, along with 2 nitghts in hospital under an ENT specialist, who said my vocal chords were fine., go home!! My GP yesterday told me that it was anxiety causing the problems and stopping me from getting well! I left with a feeling of being a fraud - I typically don't wheeze unless I am in full flow of an attack - so the GP assumes its psychological.....
However, i had a particularly bad night last night so Finally at my wits end this morning I called the wonderful asthma nurse on the number on this website, she was fantastic - finally someone who understood my symptoms. She told me that I am definitely not a fraud and encouraged me to go back to my GP and ask for referral to a consultant, I am soo glad I did. I saw another GP in the practice and came away with more pred, motelukast, seretide and an appointment with a consultant. Result!! I am hoping for a better night tonight....
My question really is what can I expect for the consultant? Are there specific tests and any questions you would recommend asking?
Thanks for reading this, it really helps to type it out and I cannot praise enough the wonderful work the nurses on here do.