Thank you Asthma Nurses

I would like to give a big thank you to the asthma nurses and Asthma UK for their invaluable support and advice. I rang them today as I am tight chested at the moment and my GP was reluctant to give me prednisolone as I was not wheezing but then let me have a course of 30 5mg tablets over 5 days.. The asthma nurse said that there are many asthmatics that don't wheeze and the current recommended dosage since 2006 is a course of 40 5mg tablets over 5 days. There is ""Grrr"" post further down which was very helpful also. Expert advice and support means a lot and it is nice to read posts from people in the same boat and to know that we are not alone with our symptoms that don't fit the norm!

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  • i assume you either mean 8 5mg tablets, or 40mg lol! 40 5mg tablets would be quite a lot! lol!! :-)

    Glad you at least got some pred, its so annoying when they are so doubtful of you! If its any comfort, i tend to ask/negotiate for 30mg and still do get some benefit (i really hate steroids so always try to get less or a shorter course) although i agree the ""normal"" thing to do is 40mg. if you are ""petite"" then 30mg will be a higher dose for you than it would be for someone bigger, so that might help too! (dont know what you look like tho :-P)

    Deffo not just you, i only wheeze once im really struggling, so i often go to GP and say im going downhill, they say im fine coz im not wheezing, and then end up in A&E that evening! sigh!

    feel better :-)

  • When I was ill and had developed adult onset asthma in 2008 (but still going through tests for a definite diagnosis) the Asthma UK nurses couldn't have been more helpful!

    They're really fantastic :

    *clap*

  • I would like to give a big thank you to the asthma nurses and Asthma UK for their invaluable support and advice. I rang them today as I am tight chested at the moment and my GP was reluctant to give me prednisolone as I was not wheezing but then let me have a course of 30 5mg tablets over 5 days.. The asthma nurse said that there are many asthmatics that don't wheeze and the current recommended dosage since 2006 is a course of 40 5mg tablets over 5 days. There is ""Grrr"" post further down which was very helpful also. Expert advice and support means a lot and it is nice to read posts from people in the same boat and to know that we are not alone with our symptoms that don't fit the norm!

    Feel better soon!

    My asthma nurse & GP prescribed me 8x 5mg Prednisone over 5 days today too. We should both be feeling a good bit better by the weekend :D

  • I've never called the asthma nurses but I've heard so many good things about them and it makes me happy. I think the idea of a thank you thread is brilliant. I hope they are reading this so they know how much they are appreciated.

  • Massive thank you from me as well - this thread is a great idea Carla! I'm always telling people to ring them as I've found them so helpful.

    LIke Cici they supported me (and made me feel less like I was completely crazy for not being 'textbook') through being diagnosed - which took ages. They're good on medical advice (seem to know much more about asthma than a lot of drs I've met - it's their expertise yes so fair enough when you compare to GPs who have to know about loads of things, but that's including resp drs and even another specialist nurse I've encountered!)

    They're also good on the practical side though eg telling me that I have the right to choose to be seen somewhere else if I prefer, and how to approach an appt and get across my points in a way that will make more sense to the dr and lead to better communication.

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