Just wondering if anyone has had the same experience as me and can provide any advice?
I had my little girl 13 months ago. I had a hard last few days of pregnancy followed by an extremely long labour (I had a cold at the time) and then (as all mums experience) a good 5 or 6 months without more than 3 hours sleep at one time. My immune system must have taken an absolute battering.
Over the past year I have had various 'episodes' of wheeziness, but since I have stopped breastfeeding (and more generally since my periods have returned) and gone back to work part-time, I have been wheezy 5 out of 7 days per week. It seems to be worsened by drinking alcohol (I now avoid white and red wine and wheat beers, but even after sulphite-free drinks I find it sets off another flare-up lasting many days).
Asthmatic symptoms come on when I exercise, laugh and even just talking animatedly with friends at parties.
I am absolutely miserable, to the point of despair.
I never suffered with any kind of ailment before pregnancy really, but it seems like the process of having my daughter has taken a chunk of me away. Will it ever return? I am longing to get my life back. I'm only 30! I used to be a marathon runner, I loved sociallising with friends, I had so much energy and life - now I feel sluggish and so ill ALL the time. It's like I am never without a virus. SOmetimes I have a couple of days feeling asthma-free and well, then it all seems to spiral back out of control again (often at weekends).
I would so appreciate it if anyone in the same position could share their experience. Just to know I'm not the only one who's been struck down suddenly by this condition would be a comfort as I feel so alone