I am new to this forum but not new to asthma. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was two and I am 36 now. I grew up in America but have live in the UK most of my adult life. I've just come out of hospital after a three day stay, my first hospital admission in 17 years (except when I was having my children). It's really made me think how poorly my care has been managed these past eight years, both from the GP and probably myself. The consultant at the hospital was very good and I wonder why I've never seen a consultant before.
Anyway, I went into hospital with a ""chest infection"" and ""norovirus"". When I finally got to see the consultant, she was surprised at my care over the past few years. I suffer at least two ""chest infections"" a year. She said in the current case, my cough was caused by asthma and not so much by the ""chest infection"" (acute bronchitis in this case). The bronchitis was nearly gone by the time I ended up in hospital but the cough was still bad. She was surprised the GP had decided to treat the broncitis by throwing antibiotics at it and not the asthma, which was ignored. This happens every time I get a chest infection. The GP gives me antibiotics and it's at least a week or so later before I get the steriods for the asthma. However, the consultant said that that's not enough. The GP should have referred me to the asthma clinic to make sure my asthma was under control as this happens so often. I'm quite frustrated by that. I clearly remember a conversation over the phone with my GP in February. I could not breath. I already had the antibiotics for a week. He had given me a course of steriods the day before, but I couldn't breath. Still, his response was for me to let the medicine take effect. I started coughing up blood stained mucus the next day and got better antibiotics and my mother came to look after me so I recovered, but it really shouldn't have been like that, should it?
I suppose my main question though is what is Atypical Asthma. That's how the consultant described my asthma. When she listened to my lungs she had her ""assistant"" listen to my lungs because it was unusual. The consultant is referring me to the asthma clinic at the hospital and hopefully I'll get an appointment next week. I guess I'm left feeling frustrated that I've had to suffer so long and no one has felt the need to investigate further until now. Is anyone else frustrated at how they are treated by their GP?