Can you give me some advice please.....?
I'm 36 and have always struggled with sprays/strong odours. I can't use perfume or spray deoderant, insect repellents etc - they have always made me cough.
History: I have recently been diagnosed with asthma after having a persistent cough for several months. Initially it seemed to be set off by some sort of allergy (sprays etc) and I was given Seretide 250 to take 1 puff twice a day (September). Then I got a chest infection (mid November)and was really bad so I was given 4 days of prednisolone, antibiotics and a blue inhaler which I found I needed to take quite a lot so I went back a week later and the Seretide was increased to 2 puffs twice daily. Within a day or 2 I felt much better. That was about 2 1/2 weeks ago, haven't needed to use the blue inhaler for about 10 days. During those 10 days I had the spiro test - it was fine which was as expected because the asthma appears to be caused by allergens and I was told I may need to have a provoker test at some point.
I have had a cold over the weekend and my chest was beginning to get tight. Yesterday I was really struggling to talk because I was so breathless after walking through a corridor that was being painted (known trigger for me), I had to have 2 puffs of the blue inhaler twice before I felt better. All day today I have felt breathless and have used the blue inhaler 4 times (2 puffs each time). This evening I bumped into a GP at swimming club and she was concerned enough to ask what my peak flow is - I don't have my own meter so didn't know. She organised an emergency appointment for me as she thought I might need steroids. The GP I saw at the surgery is a bit of an idiot. Lots of people won't see him, hence he always has free appointment slots He said my chest is clear and that as I am on the max dose of Seretide I shouldn't be having any symptoms at all. He said that he thought the breathlessness is caused by anxiety because my Mum is seriously ill.
I know that I am not anxious. I'm coughing the same as I was a few weeks ago when I had a chest infection. In that 10 days when I felt good things that would normally have triggered a coughing fit weren't a problem. Now that I have a cold it is a problem. The GP I saw this evening didn't do my peak flow but I didn't remember until after I had left. I don't know what my normal is as it has only been measured twice - both during the time I had the chest infection. The Dr said it was 315, looking at the chart that isn't that low.