Hello! This is my first post here, I was prompted by the BBC spotlight to start taking my asthma a bit more seriously, so here I am...
I was wondering if anybody might have some advice on the issues I've been having.
I suffer from what I'd guess is mild-moderate asthma, which I've had since I was a child (now 24) with tightness being the main sign. I'm on Symbicort as both a preventer and reliever, and take fexofenadine and cetirizine daily to control my allergies. I rarely miss doses of the prevention, as my body tends to let me know when I have. In spite of this, I still end up using the inhaler as a reliever several times a week and sometimes most days if I've got a cold. I also use a nasal wash and fluticasone nasal spray.
The main problem comes with exercise - I enjoy it, and would like to get fitter, but most forms of strenuous exercise (outdoor and cold weather is worst, but anywhere can be an issue) leave me with a really painful, itchy throat, tightness and painful airways, coughing and mucus, and what I'm afraid might be the taste of blood in my mouth - doesn't taste exactly the same though.
Obviously, this makes continuing to exercise difficult, and as often as not, even after I've taken a dose of symbicort I still have to stop. The thing is though, the onset is really variable, meaning that I either think I've got a handle on it and I'm doing ok, or that I'll never be able to do the things I want to be able to do.
If anybody has any advice, I'd be really grateful - I'm thinking of going and asking my consultant for stronger drugs.