I'm still coughing a lot, waking myself up coughing, waking the whole family up coughing, not being able to sleep due to chest tightness, needing my salbutamol too often, retching from coughing, painfully tight chest and upper back, shortness of breath, blueish purpleish lips after coughing fits, etc.
I finished my course of pred today and the only difference seems to be I'm not coughing to the point of throwing up any more. I'm still not sleeping through coughing, chest tightness, etc. my GP is great with everything else, apart from my asthma so it seems.. she's said that because I have no wheeze, I have no asthma. I'm on antibiotics for pneumonia, my PF is down to 340 from 500 (after salbutamol which my gp was fully aware of) which can and has been dropping to 200-220 on a morning, apparently you need need to wheeze and you need to drop your sats to be asthmatic, my pulse was 132 with 94% sats. I always thought that if you'd dropped your sats, it was a bad sign? I've been told to go to A&E if it gets any worse.
I feel like a fake and I don't know what to do with myself, I don't want to go to A&E over the whole ""no wheeze, no asthma"" thing, yet I'm tempted to take it up and go with my next attack without going through a stupid amount of salbutamol first? surely there's people who are ""asthmatic"" who genuinely need help more than someone who has NEVER wheezed, yet responds to asthma treatment? how do you deal with the whole ""no wheeze, no asthma"" thing?