Hi, I was recently diagnosed with adult onset asthma last Monday after a couple months with a lingering cough and difficulties with mucus and breathing. I'm actually in the US but this site seems to have quite a lot of good information on it. The symptoms I was having were a minor inconvenience until I saw the pulmonary specialist.
He put me on a Pulmicort Flexhaler twice a day and Albuterol as needed. But within two days of the new treatment my asthma became much worse and I started having attacks. I went back to his office on Thursday for some albuterol breathing treatment which did very little to help. I also started a course of 40mg prednisone.
Now over three days in to the prednisone treatment, and I still do not feel as good as I did Monday starting the treatment. In fact I'm pretty much stuck on the couch and the slightest bit of talking or getting up gets me coughing and wheezing. I've never had anything like this before.
I'm waiting for the doctor to get back to me. They had mentioned doing a CT scan if the prednisone didn't work within a couple days. I also wonder if the new pulmicort inhaler could be to blame for making things worse? The literature says not to use if you have milk sensitivity, and I can't eat dairy products. But I've also read that reactions should be very rare and I don't know if I'm really *that* sensitive.
Is prednisone really supposed to work that fast too? I just worry about going and getting all this radiation without ruling out all the other possibilities. But unfortunately, I know almost nothing about these lung conditions. Any voice of experience would be most welcome, thanks!