Yesterday at 22 (23 today) I get a birthday present I was not expecting and was diagnosed with Asthma. I am not upset about this, infact I am just so glad to have an answer at last, let me explain briefly.
About 18 months ago (April 2011) I came down with hayfever for the 1st time. Once that had cleared up, I had chest infection. However I was left with this terrible cough and wheezy breathing.
I didn't think much of it if am honest and presumed it would clear up. I catch most bugs going around so this was nothing unusual. I couldn't exercise as it would make it worse. I had signed up to run a 5k in the June and did it. However this made the symptoms worse and I ended up short for breath. Yet I still didn't see a GP. Over the next few months, if it wasn't the cough then I was wheezy and short for breath. This went on until the end of September where I was so bad that I decided one Sunday to take my self to a+E, I was given steroids which cleared up some of my symptoms but I was admitted - bloods taken, ecg, x ray. The result was ""take a lemsip"". I think I felt like such a nuisance that I didn't even argue about. Still unable to breathe properly, I left a+e. I suffered for 13 months with this cough and wheezy breathing. Then this weekend I was unable to move and could not sleep due to not being able to breath properly.
I booked a GP appointment and have now been diagnosed with asthma. I am just relieved to have an answer and have a solution should it get so bad again.
The point of my post and sorry it is so long. I wasn't given any info on asthma. I have educated myself today. But I have steroids for 5 days then a reliever inhaler. She advised to come back in 2 -4 weeks.
I am concerned though that once the steroids finish on Saturday it will all return. I took steroids today but before going to bed suffered a coughing fit and could not get my breath back. Using the reliever inhaler I was able to get it under control. Amazing btw!
I suppose my question is what to expect next? I really am a little clueless on it all!
Thanks for listening! Sorry it is so long!
Also asthma at 22 - who knew that was even possible!