I'm apparently diagnosed with Asthma, or that's currently what Doctors think is wrong with me. I am getting un convinced.. but hopefully some of these questions will help me to understand asthma (if that's what it is) or decide it's not and go back to a doctor.
So, the first thing is please can someone explain Peak Flow? I started doing it from a doctor when they were going through diagnosing me. I started with a blue inhaler, then went back to a doctor and had to do peak flow, then got a red/brown inhaler and went back 4 weeks later. They decided then that I had asthma, and the doctor was then rather unhelpful and just said 'carry on using the 2 inhalers' and, that I did not need to do peak flow anymore.
I got a cold/chest infection a while later, and thinking it was just a cold, never even used my blue inhaler. I had about a week of not sleeping, couching up slime. Tried my blue inhaler being so desperate, had a massive difference and ended up seeing a nurse the next day. They were so much more helpful than the Doctor, I got a peak flow booklet with questions in to fill in daily, and they increased the dose of the red/brown inhaler while I had the cold. 2 weeks after that I had to have a routine appointment with the main asthma nurse, who kept the increased dose of the red inhaler, just changed the times of day to help me in the evenings. I was noticing from about 6pm onwards until my night does I was struggling to breathe or coughing. They changed it so I now take 1 puff at about 5pm and 1 puff before I go to sleep which really helped. They also said to use the blue inhaler when I know I am about to do exercise. And I need to go back in 3 months. (or sooner if I need to) This appointment was 2 weeks ago, so I am now 2 weeks thorough 3 months.
All that time my peak flow has been a really wiggly line, can be well anywhere between about 300 and 440 most of the time. I don't really understand, I took the booklet and all the past charts to the nurse, she did not seem to think that it was a problem, or really say anything about it.
Last week is when I started to have problems. I was away with sea cadets staying in a old warship on a navel base which obviously involves lots more walking to everywhere than I do usually, and I had to march to breakfast and evening meals. That's before I even then do the day's activities! From the first walk from the coach to the ship (carrying my bag of clothing) I was having problems.. just simply walking down a ramp then up some stairs I could not breath.. The rest of the week when the same way. The 2nd day I got the highest peak flow I have ever had 460.. What I really do not understand is how the week when I am having so much time I can't breathe, and using my blue inhaler a lot does my peak flow get higher. I thought it got lower when I am struggling. My only possibly thought is using the blue inhaler makes it higher? What am I doing wrong? or what should happen? Basically I am really confused.
Yes, the day I had a bigger attack? (I think, I still do not really understand what the word 'attack' actually means) yes it was a lot lower that night. But the next morning it was fine and then wiggly again.
Now I have realised this is quite long, so I will leave it with just the issue of peak flow, then either add other questions at the bottom, or make new posts. I am not trying to make super long posts so no-one reads them and replies. But, I thank anyone who has read it all, and anyone who replies.