I've been reading through the forum and you all seem to be really helpful, so I thought I'd ask for a bit of advice
I was diagnosed as a toddler and suffered all the way through childhood, but in my early-mid 20s my symptoms disappeared (I'm 33 now). I suffer with hayfever and I would occasionally get wheezy with that. I've been getting exercised educed symptoms for about 3 months and the doc put ne on beclometasone about a month a go.
Everything seemed fine (although the more I read, I realise I missed a lot of early warning signs) until Saturday when I had an attack when out running. I really scared myself as I was getting worse and couldn't get my breath at all, but I managed to get it under control with my reliever. I didn't realise at the time that the attack was still going on and ended up in casualty a couple of hours later. I had a couple of nebuliser treatments and some steroids, they managed to get me undercontrol and I went home that night with a 5 day course of prednisolone
I'm not sure what to do now, my peak flows are up and down throughout the day, as are my symptoms. I'm taking my reliever about every 4 hours I have no idea what my PF should be as I only got one in A&E. I'm not sleeping and I haven't been in work today or yesterday. I had another attack last night, which I managed to control (it took 10 puffs and 45 minutes), but I was really close to going back to a&e
I went to the asthma nurse this morning who upped me to a fostair inhaler and recommended taking the rest of the week off (I'm lucky I have a very understanding boss) and said that the steroids should kick in by the end of the week
I'm just a bit unsure what to do now, if I wait it out will the steroids kick in? What are other peoples experiences? At what point do people go get emergency help? Wiill I have to wait for weeks for the new inhalers to work? Do you get to the point where you just carry on even with symptoms?
I'm sorry for all of the questions, but I'm so confused, any advice would be really helpful.
Also, is it normal to feel completely wiped out after an attack? I'm struggling to get up the stairs at some points!
Thanks so much in advance