I'm seventeen, and I was diagnosed with asthma nearly ten years ago- so I've been living with it for half my lifetime.
My asthma's been acting up badly recently, and I'm almost constantly breathless, feel like there's a weight on my chest, and sometimes get really bad pain. As a result, I can no longer sleep in my bedroom, nor stay in a classroom or my common too at school for longer than 15 minutes because I find it so hard to breathe. I've been sleeping on the couch for the last few days because I find it a little easier down there.
I haven't been able to concentrate in school and I very much doubt that I will be able to cope with work tomorrow either.
I've been taking my Ventolin several times a day, and it doesn't seem to be helping much.
So I went to my doctor's surgery on Monday, and my dose of Qvar 100 was doubled so I now take 4 puffs in the morning and 4 in the evening.
However, yesterday (Thursday) I had an awful episode, I felt dizzy and my fingers and legs were numb and tingly from a lack of oxygen.
Went back to doctor's on an emergency appointment, and saw a different doctor- who didn't believe me when I said it was my asthma even though my Peak Flow was down by 100 (which she put down to 'not being wholehearted'. She said I didn't sound wheezy and my sats were fine so according to her it was anxiety rather than asthma. Thing is, I've had issues with both in the past and I can tell the difference, despite my asthma being bad I've been calm about it and everything is fantastic at the moment so I know it's not anxiety.
She did give me a three day Prednisone course as a 'benefit of the doubt' type thing, but I came away feeling embarassed and upset that I wasn't being taken seriously.
Does anyone have any advice? It's really ruining my life at the moment, I don't think I can take much more :/