This is my first post on this forum, I have been really struggling with my asthma for about a year now and my symptoms seem to be getting progressively worse, to the point where my daily tasks are becoming a struggle.
After an unsuccessful Drs appointment in October I have finally got another next Wednesday at a different surgery. I'd really appreciate any advice before then regarding how to get my Dr to take this seriously, what sort of medication might be useful in order to get some results. I'm going to make some bullet points to summarise my issues below. It will be quite detailed!
- I was diagnosed with asthma as a child. I am 23 now
- my parents are both smokers and despite their attempts to keep the house as smoke free as possible, prior to leaving for uni at 19 I lived in a smoky house/dusty house with a cat as well I was quite allergic to (made me sneeze after handling, but nothing bad enough to stop me from handling him)
- before I left for uni my asthma was manageable
- I started smoking at university when my asthma symptoms had quelled (3 years ago) I smoked rollies not straights.
- in April 2014 after a chest infection my (AWFUL) Dr accessed my asthma routine, I told him in the past few years I had stopped using my inhalers daily, only using them when my chest was bad. HIS advice was if that was the case I should avoid using them completely. he sends me on my way without anything for my chest infection, I lose all faith in my GP.
- fast forward to April 2015
- I catch the flu, and am bed ridden with a chest infection for nearly a full month. I haven't felt the same since then. Due to my lack of faith in my GP I don't bother making an appointment.
- From April onwards I notice my symptoms get much worse.
- At the time I was working in a badly ventilated charity shop while finishing my degree, I believe all the dust and dander contributed to my worsening condition
- I struggle to breathe on very polleny summer days. Struggling to catch my breath in a packed cinema for example. At outdoor events over the summer. Alcohol makes my allergies worse. I drastically cut down my smoking.
- By October this year, as I start my full time graduate job I am very worried about my condition. I catch some sort of cold again, my nose is red raw from blowing. I have post nasal drip, nearly choking on it at times. I finally build up the courage to visit my Dr again after over two weeks of non stop mucas/breathless frustration.
- My Dr suspects sinisitus, she prescribes antibiotics and ventolin inhalers. I struggle to finish the course of antibiotics as they make me very nauseous, to the point where I throw up at least 4 of them
- I cut down my smoking even more, I am down to 4/5 rollies a day.
- I feel a little better for a month or so, until after my new work christmas do, when I catch another cold.
- Now instead of having issues just in the morning, they persist throughout the day.
- constant heavy wheeze
- I stop wearing perfume. I am very sensitive to anyone who is heavily perfumed
- coughing up thick phlgem and mucas for an hour in the morning
- wet wheezy cough intermittent throughout afternoon
- sensation of being 'choked' in my throat, which I think it due to accumulating phlegm
- difficulty taking deep full breaths
- constantly blocked / stuffy nose
- anxiety over not being able to take full, satisfying breaths
- I am using a preventer once in the morning and a reliver several times a day. I don't feel like they are making much of a difference.
I understand this is a HUGE first post but right now I am really struggling to work my 9-5.30 office job while dealing with all these issues. I don't feel like doing too much after work/ at the weekends now as I am so exhausted from all my symptoms and my full time job. I am terrified of catching another cold during the winter time, I am a freelance office worker and do not get any paid sick leave. If I take another chest infection I might get laid off. This is my first graduate job! I also feel horrible coughing and spluttering in my open plan office all day which is contributing to my anxiety. Any advice would be amazing, what meds could help, what to say to my DR, how to cope with all of this.
NB - I know I NEED to stop smoking but I have drastically cut down my smoking in the past few months and have not seen much of an improvement.
Thanks in advance to anyone who have made their way through this essay!