Hello I went to my doctor because I was having difficulty breathing and was not sure what it was. I was a bit worried as I've had breast cancer twice so was worried if it was something sinister. For this reason I hadn't been to the doctors for longer than I should but hope you may appreciate why. I'd had a cough for about 7 months and was getting increasingly breathless even to the point of not being to read my son a bedtime story without struggling for breath but as the symptoms had worsened over time I didn't really pay them much attention. Asthma never entered my head as no immediate family had it. I have also been suffering with GERD and IBS but this was under control with pro-biotics as I'm not a huge fan of taking medication even buprofen. I did have pains in my chest which I put down to the GERD and/or my scars. I wasn't wheezy so didn't even think it was anything chesty as I don't really suffer with chest infections although I am very sensitive to aerosols.
Anyway the doctor sent me for a chest xray and gave me a peak flow monitor and said to come back in 2 weeks. He'd listened to my chest and said he couldn't hear anything untoward and didn't seem too concerned. Well I had the xray but that night I felt like I really couldn't breathe again about 3 or 4 times and started to get panicky but managed to calm myself. I booked an appointment the next morning and said I really would like some medication (much as I hate it) to help me to breathe as I was struggling to talk by then. He put me on a nebuliser and gave me Clenil Modulite steroid 100 two puffs twice a day and Salamol 100 one or two puffs twice a day. Last night, I suddenly felt a lot better and felt fantastic. It was as if somebody had taken off the heavy blanket I had been struggling to breathe under and I felt energised and good and I thought I was getting finally getting better. But then a couple hours later my sinuses had blocked and I was struggling to breathe again and getting panicky. I took two extra puffs of my salamol as otherwise I felt as though I would not be able to get through it. Is this OK to take more of the salamol than is prescribed if you're struggling? Before I was on medication, my first peak flow was 280 and when I felt fantastic last night (I forgot I could feel so good lol!) it was 460. It has been going up and down from 320 to 380 otherwise. Any comments, information or support would be most welcome as feeling a bit clueless and useless!! Also although it is such a relief to be able to breathe again I am a bit worried about being dependent on steroids forever. Thanks for reading to the end of this long rambling post