First of all sorry if this turns into a bit of a moan or seems a look back to a few months ago - feeling very frustrated at the moment.
After a few weeks where my asthma hasn't been technically controlled but I have been able to get on with daily life, I have had a cold for a week now which has got down to my chest. I feel that I am in a better position than a few months ago as I have found an understanding GP and nurse but am once again faced with the clear chest, 99% oxygen so the idea of needing pred wasn't entertained and I am left feeling a bit like I've wasted my time/there time. On reflection, the only thing they didn't do was my peakflow which has only been about 70% for the last few days (and this has been very variable). I think my problem is that I am very reversible so I feel rough, take a few reliever puffs and get on but these only last an hour or so and often I need about 5 puffs to do this. I also haven't had a severe attack in over 10 years so when I say that I am waking up SOB and needing 10 reliever puffs, no one batters an eyelid. In fact the only thing that concerned the nurse was my heart rate was 160 and I was shaking! Therefore the advice I am given is try to limit the amount of reliever I take (but they can't say/don't know what to)! I have been taking a lot of reliever but mainly so I don't need to take time of work. There is an element of cough from a cold so I accept I will be coughing but things like going into the cold air (even for 2 minutes) have been setting me off today but the impression I got was that it is just a cold (slightly high temp, runny nose, sore throat, cough) which will make your asthma worse and your immune system is probably pretty rubbish because you haven't been well for months. As I said, this is an improvement in that there is a recognition that something is not right!
Not really sure what to do now.
1) Just let the cold ride it's course trying to limit reliever use as advised.
2) Phone up GP and ask for pred (I am reluctant to do this as I often feel that they think I am exaggerating/worrying-when I mentioned that I had spoken to an auk nurse, it was implied that I was researching!)
3) Phone OOH in the night when the bigger attacks are happening and the reversibility hasn't kicked in and O2 or chest are still showing that I am struggling.
4) Make an appointment and not take my inhaler before I go so that I am terrible (yes I know this is dangerous but that is how frustrated I feel about it).
Sorry to go on and sorry of this makes very little sense. Have literally just got back from the doctors and feeling very emotional about it all.