Hi all, I'm new here. I'm currently going through the long process of confirming if I have asthma.
When I was around 5, my doctor at the time said I was on the borderline of being asthmatic, but at the time I didn't really have symptoms so it was left at that.
Fast forward 20 years and my hay fever started causing me breathing problems.
I saw a doctor who prescribed a blue inhaler which was like a miracle cure. Over the last couple of years my breathing troubles have become more frequent, but also quite sporadic.
I have been back a few times to the doctor and been prescribed inhalers. Due to the amount I have been using the inhaler, I underwent a spirometery test and blood test for allergies. Blood test shows I am indeed allergic to something but couldn't point out what it was (I'm not allergic to any pet hairs etc) and the spirometery was inconclusive. The results show a lung function slightly less than the doctor would expect of someone of my age, but the asthma nurse said it exceeded her expectations due to my build (I'm overweight and trying to lose some of it; hard with my breathing troubles).
I went to the doctor yesterday who prescribed fostair on top of my regular ventolin prescription to see how this goes.
I'm hoping this will improve the situation and when I've managed to lose some weight, it may improve my breathing.
What should I expect next? I'm on fostair for 6 months and I'm hoping this will solve my problems.
How long does it take to actually get a diagnosis? I've not been given a peak flow meter or asked to keep a diary. I'm guessing that would be next?
Can you buy peak flow meters from a pharmacy? I'd be interested to keep a log of it myself even if it's only for my own reference to see if there's anywhere/anything that triggers me.