I've been looking at the forums for the last few weeks and they've been really helpful - it's so nice to know that I'm not on my own with problems I've encountered with drs during this latest asthma 'blip'.
I've been off work now for 12 wks on a variety of meds including pred which I have now stopped my dr is relunctant to put me back on it even though it does make me better and more able to function. I'm now on 400/12 symbicort 4 times a day and montelukast and lots of ventolin! I haven't really had any really bad asthma attacks but I've had many sofa days! My peak flow is normally 550 and I hadn't had to take ventolin for over a year before this latest problem - it all started with a cold and a dr that didn't believe me when I said my asthma was deteriorating because I didn't have a wheeze (which I never do unless I'm really bad) and my peak flow had 'only' dropped to 450.
My peak flow is currently at 370-420 but when I had been taking the pred I was up to 470 and starting to feel 'normal'. I do have some good days and on them I can go out and wander slowly round the shops for a couple of hours as long as I have breaks.
Anyway the respiritory dr at my surgery has said he doesn't know what to do with me now - he's going to try a blood test to see if I'm allergic to anything and then refer me to a consultant if the blood tests don't show anything.
I think I could choose to be referred to James Cook hospital in Middlesborough, Scarborough hospital or possibly even York or Newcastle - has anyone had any recent experience of those hospitals?
The reason I'm asking is that I had a bad experience with a consultant in James Cook a few years ago who insisted that my best peak flow couldn't be correct and that as I wasn't far off the predicted peak flow of 460 for my age there wasn't anything wrong with me except hyperventilation and panic attacks! I got through that time with the support of my gp and asthma uk helpline who suggested different inhalers etc and the consultant had to admit he was wrong after my peak flow went up to 550 again in the end. I'm obviously reluctant to go back to James Cook in case I get this consultant again.
I'd be really grateful if you could help with advice of good hospitals/consultants.