I'm Sam. 27 years old and I've had asthma since I was a small boy. Only, I don't feel like I've had asthma at all up until this summer. Prior to that I could count the times I needed to use my blue inhaler in any given year on one hand, it was just something that didn't really effect me.
Then suddenly in July, I had a pretty noticeable exacerbation. I was using my blue inhaler a lot and it wasnt really lasting as long as it should so in the middle of the night I went to A&E and got a course of steroids. Took these and things were relatively better but not completely. A few days passed and I was having to use my blue inhaler a couple of times a day. My symptoms would come on with exercise, car fumes, cigarette smoke etc. All of which previously didn't cause me any problems. All the while I continued to take my preventer inhalers and switched to a combination inhaler which had little effect. About a month after the initial course of steroids, I was put on another, longer one to see if that helped. I took a peetering off doze for about three weeks in total. My symptoms seemed to improve over the 3 days I was on 15mg per day (having come down from 30mg per day) but then they came back again as I lowered the dose.
I'm now on the highest dose of clenil modulite and taking seretide daily, as well as montelukast. Despite all this, my asthma isn't really any better. Triggers like smoke and perfume seem to set it off with out much fight at all.
I wouldn't say my symptoms are severe as I can still speak in sentences most of the time, my peak flow moves from 540-590 so not a huge fluctuation and walking isn't really a problem but I feel rather run down and am constantly aware of my chest feeling tight, not being able to take in a full breath and a feeling that my throat is going to close in.
I've also started taking nexium to see if that helps, I read there's a link between gerd and asthma and that it can stop medication working. Been taking it for two weeks so far with little improvement.
My main symptoms are chest tightness, pain between the ribs in my back, a twitchy throat feeling and coughing up mucus. I also often feel hoarse when it's flared up.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation where asthma has suddenly flared up and not go back under control despite throwing everything at it? If so, have you managed to sort it out and how?
I usually gym 4 times a week and run every weekend. Not being able to do any exercise is really getting me down.