No doubt you'll have seen similar posts hundreds of times, so sorry for being a bore, and for writing a bit of an essay!
I'm in my early 30s, and when I was a teenager I apparently had asthma when I got bronchitis a couple of times. Or so I thought....
Since my early 20s, at the change of seasons, I without fail, get a nasty cold that ends in a cough, and real breathing difficulty, that lasts for weeks and weeks into months - around March and November time. Over the years various doctors pile on the antibiotics and it tends to clear around 2 weeks after. I'm quite used to this pattern now. One thing to note is that the cough goes if I go somewhere hot and sunny, and returns when I'm back in the UK.
I moved recently and went to a new surgery who thankfully looked at my history when I went in for the next batch of antibiotics. They booked me an appointment with the asthma nurse, so we've been trying a different approach this time round.
Well, the cold has arrived, and the cough started, so as instructed, I've started on the preventer, which has been doing the trick - until I forgot to take it for a day. I'm now coughing all over the shop, full of a really disgusting mucus and feeling like my breathing is heavy - unless I really concentrate, I feel like I'm not getting any real oxygen in. [I'm not sure if the 1 missed dose of preventer has that much impact or I would have ended up coughing anyway]. I've been measuring my peak flow and it's usually around 500, but it hasn't dropped significantly - to around 450. I have an appointment with the nurse next week, but my question is....
Considering, I'm still at work, and can walk to the station in the morning despite feeling like this, am I wasting a doctor's time / being a hypochondriac if I ask for an 'emergency' appointment? I simply have nothing to benchmark against, so not quite sure what to do!
Any advice gratefully received.