Following my first adult flare up of asthma in 2007 I was eventually diagnosed with allergies to birch and grass pollen as well as dust mite. It took a year or so but eventually it was under reasonably good control. Until now. I was taken ill a month ago whilst touring Europe and following a and e visits in Austria and Venice I decided to fly back, thinking it was probably the unusual pollens over there that had triggered it. More fool me!
Since I've been back I've been to a and e 7 times (twice by ambulance) and I'm practically living at my gp surgery. They've carried out full blood count and RAST blood test (at my insistence) also had spirometery done with practice nurse (which showed as normal as I'd had to have half a dozen shots of ventolin to get me over to the docs). Still waiting for rast test results but I know they can give false negatives and false positives so I'm going to ask for skin prick tests as they were how I was diagnosed last time. I've been on symbicort 200/6 since last flare up only change is from 2x2 puffs to 4x2. Been on pred for 9 days but doc stopped it as it had no effect. In the last month I've been getting three or four hours sleep a night and I'm only getting by (if It can be called that by using 20-40 doses of ventolin a day.
I'm off to see gp to be referred to specialist but my real question is this; when I asked if I could be admitted to the acute assessment unit at my local hospital I was told that was only for emergencies, but I would argue that someone who can't sleep or function in anything like a normal way after previously being able to go to the gym three times a week and go on ten mile hikes, is an emergency. Especially after i was admitted to the same unit for quick investigation during my last flare up and this is much worse! Ifeel like I'm being left to hang in the wind.
Just hoping for others perspective on this. What are my options and am I being reasonable?