Hi all, I'm new here. Thought I'd sign up and ask a few things since I've been lurking the forum quite a lot over the past weeks and it's been very useful.
I was diagnosed about five years ago by a respiratory consultant I was refered to due to anaphylaxis/general allergy issues (no allergy specialists where I used to live!), after doing spirometry testing and looking at a record of my PFs, which was a complete surprise - I had no idea I had it. Was put on 100mcg a day of clenil modulite along with strong antihistamines, epi-pens etc, discharged back to GP care, and was absolutely fine until about 18 months ago - used to run 30km a week and had my ventolin inhalers go out of date before they ran out, that sort of thing.
Then for unknown reasons my asthma started getting worse and worse, and now I'm on 2000mcg seretide, plus montelukast, and still having symptoms. I've been on prednisolone twice in the past six months after never having been on it before, most rrcently for a horrible chest infection for the past couple of weeks. My PF is still not great (once upon a time it was about 550, in recent times my personal best has been around 470, and even after my last course of steroids it's still fluctuating from 300-350 at the moment), I'm still coughing lots, and I'm having to get the train to uni instead of cycling or walking as the cold sets me off. I know I've got it a lot better than many people (I've never been hospitalised, for example), but compared to before this is awful :(.
Anyway, not just a vent - today the lovely asthma nurse at my GP surgery decided I was bad enough to refer to the hospital asthma clinic, as I'm still not getting better. Aside from my initial diagnosis (where the asthma was kind of a side issue anyway) I've never seen a consultant for my asthma...what should I expect? What sort of tests will they want to run? The nurse thinks my situation is probably complicated by the anaphylaxis/other allergy issues (although I've not been hospitalised with anaphylaxis for nearly three years) - are there any drugs they're particularly likely to put someone like me on? I suspect my asthma isn't bad enough for me to get Xolair sadly.
It's the asthma clinic at Leeds General Infirmary I've been referred to - does anyone else go there? Are they nice?
Just really wondering what to expect and how I can make the most of the referral, as I really need to get my asthma under control (doing a very demanding course at the moment and then have an even more demandinf job starting in London in 2015, so I really can't afford to keep taking time off and having my brain feel like swiss cheesefrom prednisolone/lack of sleep).