I posted on here last week about the difficulty getting treatment for worsening symptoms (generally my asthma is worse at night and responds well to medication so I find that I have minimal symptoms when I have an appointment). I eventually got a late appointment with a sympathetic doctor who said that although my chest was clear, I was obviously tired and struggling and gave me pred (nearly a week after the start of symptoms).
I went to see the nurse today (not my usual nurse as I wanted to see someone quickly) as my PFs and symptoms have been getting worse since finishing the pred on Monday. I wanted to discuss an action plan too. However, I felt this was a wasted appointment for two reasons:
1) The nurse appeared to have the attitude that I was wasting her time
2) She was reluctant to do an action plan or treat my symptoms
When I said I was here about my asthma, her first response was ""Well you have seen several people about this so I don't know what you expect me to do"". Throughout the 15 minutes I got the impression that she thought I was either making it up, attention seeking or just stressed! She wasn't interested in my history, symptoms or PFs over time. She even said ""I have lots of people in here who are wheezy and have difficult talking, They are the people who need treatment"". I find this hard to take as I used to delay getting treatment until I realised (and was told by my consultant) that getting help sooner meant I needed less treatment to get it under control.
I took the opportunity to explain that I am seeing lots of people as I am unclear as to what to do when I first get symptoms. In the past I have been able to double my preventer straight away and avoided many flare ups. However, I am now on Seretide 500 which I have been told cannot be doubled. The nurse said I was controlled as I am responding to medication even though I have had to take Bricanyl 8 times since this morning (including once when I needed three doses). I was therefore told to carry on with what I am doing!
I really find this hard to accept as although I am controlling my symptoms, I am really restricting what I am doing and taking a lot of reliever (which is making me tachy). The problem now is that they are obviously looking at my records and thinking that something is going on as I am in so often. I still haven't got an action plan and have been left as it is until my hospital appointment on 30th July with the recommendation to find some help to manage stress (the only stress I have at the moment is getting someone to take my asthma seriously). I know I should really go back if my symptoms don't improve soon but am now scared to go.
I will ring the advice line tomorrow as I have always found them to be very helpful but was wondering if anyone has any experience in any of the above issues.