I was diagnosed about 18 months ago, I am 54 years old. I have had a cough now since Nov 2012. Spiro confirmed asthma, I did not get any better on steroid inhalers and ventolin, I had a couple of courses of oral seteroids, sometimes these helped sometimes they did not.
Repeat spiro did not show much reversibility so I was taken off meds and then really poorlyl.
Saw consultant who wiith no investigations diagnosed asthma...things did not get better. I had to go off sick the end of Oct as I was so breathless and had a constant cough, including at night, so was SO tired. Productive cough sputum ranged between white to green. Had various antibiotics but they did not seem to work, samples sent off came back as negative. When examined my chest always sounds clear, and x rays reveal nothing my peak flow is always around 400 - 450.
After a sample grew Strep pneumoni sent back to clinic. Have CT scan tomorrow and lung function test in April!
I tried to go back to work in Dec but after a week of jsut doing 4 hours a week I felt and looked awrful. got a meeting with HR tomorrow..no idea what to say.
The consultant gave me two weeks of doxycline and I felt great for about a month after that and last week though i was ready to go back to work.
today I have a cold and my chest feels heavy, I am a bit short of breath and coughing.
currently on inhaled steroids and ventolin..I have taken singular but it did nothing.
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated