Just wondering if anyone has had similar experiences before I see GP tomorrow (who I am a bit nervous of as he is a ""you are not wheezing so this must be an anxiety thing"" doctor).
I have been on pred on and off for just over three weeks. Initially due to a flare up probably caused by cold air, then a chest infection and now who know what! This has been three separate causes where each time I stop my asthma gets worse over a few days (this is not uncommon and often have 2x5 day courses). However, what is unusual is that each time my asthma takes a few days to respond. My feeling is that this means the inflammation is not totally being sorted so it is a case of 2 steps forward and then one back. Last week, I went to see a GP (not my usual one as he is away) who said that my usual high dose of ICS should be ok but ended up at OOH over Christmas after an attack where the nurse (who was clearly very knowledgable about asthma) said I should be looking to have a continuous course until my symptoms have totally gone. I spoke to a GP earlier in the week but he said he wasn't comfortable with pred to control it for this length of time (I have been on maintenance pred about 10 years ago). So I finished pred yesterday and today have been tighter than usual and coughing more. This seems quite a quick decline as it is usually over a couple of days.
So I guess what I am asking (I'm quite a long winded way) is:
How long after stopping pred do you notice a decline/realise you need another course (if you do)?
Does anyone have any similar experience of stopping/starting pred over a few weeks?