For the past month I've barely slept through a night and I've had half a dozen nights when I've slept less than 2 hours if at all because of coughing with asthma. 3 weeks ago I went to see GP after a night when I'd not slept at all and my pf hovered around 54% for some of the time, so she gave me some pred. When I finished the course I was better but still not good, so I saw her again and she doubled my seretide 500/50 to 2 puffs twice a day as she didn't want to give me more pred as she said I'd had too many courses this year already.
Well, today I had a review (as instructed) with the asthma lead GP at my surgery and he's kept me on the doubled seretide (and given me another course of pred) and says he'll review in four weeks. He said that in 4 weeks he's probably expecting to keep the seretide as it is now and maybe add uniphylline/theophylline.
I have a few questions, as I'm a bit confused about some things and just curious about others. The first GP said that the Asthma lead GP I saw today would almost certainly step down the seretide as it's a very high dose. 2000mcgs/200mcgs does seem high to me. How long have others been on this dose and are/were you under the care of a GP or cons? First GP also said that I'd probably have a referal this time, but today's GP said he'd wait a while to see if things settled before refering me. My asthma's been nowhere near controlled since february. I think I'll be asking for a referal at next appointment if things aren't controlled. What do you think? Also, how have you got on with uniphylline/theophylline?
Sorry for the waffle, but lots of things running around in my head and I'm just fed up of being up every night, although I'm very happy to be mostly good during the daytime. Would just appreciate some advice/experiences from people who know what it's like. Will ring asthma nurses when I can aswell. Thanks, Lou