I'm new and, as the title suggests, struggling. I first remember experiencing breathlessness as a late teen and it has gradually gotten worse over the years. I would get a right chest and struggle to get deep breaths but no coughing or wheezing. I was first diadiagnosed 3 years ago after a particularly bad year and given beclometasone and ventolin. I don't think they worked but as it was mild, I left it and really doubted I had Asthma. I even had a course of oral steroids the year before last which didn't help but my inhaler doses were not changed and I now know they were extremely low doses.
This year has been a whole new ball game with a painfully tight chest, breathlessness that stops me being able to do much, coughing and excessive use of my reliever and it was all day long. I have been back on the beclometasone for 2 weeks and for the first week it really helped. Then I started to deteriorate again and after speaking an Asthma UK nurse, I went back to the Drs as an emergency as they had me on a tiny dose of preventer. The GP doubled it on Tuesday. Wednesday was a bit better but yesterday and today it's deteriorated again. I can feel how inflamed my lungs are. My daughter is ill but I think I'm going to end up with an emergency appointment again.
I've never had wheezing or had an attack which made me doubt my diagnosis but I don't doubt it anymore. Is there anyone else with a similar type to mine? Have you ever then developed wheezing or had an attack? I've never been fearful of having attacks until year.
I've been keeping a symptom diary too to try and work out what's triggering it but it seems to have no rhyme or reason, other than its seasonal. They've tried me on montelkaust but that didn't work and my peak flow varies between 480 and 570.