A month ago I had a bad exacerbation and ended up having a couple of attacks in a short space of time. I was told to increase my inhalers and after 2 weeks everything started to improve. However, this improvement only lasted a week. I didn't get back to being as bad as I was before, but I certainly was worse than usual. I'm still at that point. I'm finding that I can't manage to walk up hills, go to the gym or walk up more than 3 floors of stairs (usually I can make it to my lectures on the 16th floor!)
I have decreased my inhalers again, because I'm not sure how long I was supposed to keep them 'upped' and the prescriptions haven't been changed so I'm ending up needing to renew it earlier than the online thing will allow. The receptionists won't accept it either, even when I try and explain. I don't have an action plan, the nurse just told me to increase the inhalers in the future if I have an issue, but not when, by how much etc.
I think my issue now is hayfever. I've been taking acrivastine, and although it's helping, it's only lasting 4/5 hours as opposed to 8 like it says on the box. It's also going to cost me £10 a week to buy, which is really more than I can afford. I can't find an own-brand version, so have to buy benadryl. I have tried citrizine and loratidine but they make me too tired to function,( literally all I do is sleep) and don't seem to help at all.
I'm really not sure what to do. It's frustrating for me not being able to go to the gym. I'm a 2nd year biomed student so nearly all of my time is in lectures, in labs or sat at my desk working. Going to the gym is a way for me to relax and move! I'm scared that I've stopped noticing that I'm getting out of breath, and now rely on other people commenting on it. I'm also fed up of not sleeping. I messed up my january exams through lack of sleep as I couldn't concentrate, and I need to do well in these to bring my average back up to a first.
Basically, I don't know if I should just guess at increasing my inhalers and go and beg for a new prescription/ miss a week when they run out or if I should go and see the nurse who will tell me I'm fine and do nothing.
Sorry about this moan, I just need someone to talk to!