It may be that my GP and a&e are fed up with me or that (as I suspect) one particular cons has had a negative impact on my treatment but I am fed up with not being taken seriously for my now almost official 'difficult asthma.' I've had a fairly good run recently asthma wise (after last year's admissions over the summer) but I think my hayfever finally won yesterday. I was very sob in the night and coughing a lot with my peak flow down but not wheezy. Phoned the duty doctor this morning to ask about pred as I can go downhill pretty quickly and my peak flow resembled a roller coaster, who said ""you are talking in sentences so don't need to come in especially if you are not wheezy - just try to relax!"" By lunchtime I was really struggling and peak flow was below 50% so went to a&e as per action plan. My peak flow had picked up a bit - grr and I was not wheezy - grr again but had a new and felt better, a few hours later I was really struggling and sats were 92%. The nurse gave me another neb but Dr more keen on oxygen after abgs. Thought I was getting somewhere as felt better and happy to be discharged after a few hours of thinking I was going to be admitted. Started to struggle so asked for another neb when the Dr announced he thought it was anxiety on top of a mild infection (I'm sure he said the X-ray ruled that out earlier). Given antibiotics but not pred and when I questioned it he told me to go home and relax! Now sat at home with the ventolin playing peak flow roller coaster hoping the pred I had in hospital does the job of the week course I usually have.
So (after my rant), my question is how do convince people it is not anxiety without sounding anxious? The physio said I do not show any signs of hyperventilating, the resp nurse says I don't appear anxious even when on hdu - yet my cons and now GP think this is all in my head. Is there anything I can do to make it easier to seek help? I can't have another summer of constant admissions if no one will even take the asthma seriously. I am going to see the resp nurse next week so want some ideas/questions to take as she is usually understanding. (I should add that I am waiting for a mannitol challenge which the difficult asthma cons seems to think will be positive).