I'm a bit scared lately and need help. I take a purple inhaler now having previously used Clenil Modulite and Serevent. I also have Ventolin which I am needing more and more of now, despite the improving weather etc.
I never cough or wheeze, but I do get some chest tightness, visial disturbance, burning feet and heavy shortness of breath both inhaling and exhaling, but mostly inhaling. A couple of puffs of Ventolin or more stops symptoms but it doesn't last long. Lately I've been trying to reduce my blue inhaler dosage, but ultimatly I fail every time; I can't even sit still or walk a few steps when the blue inhalee wears off and symptoms return. If I wait too long, once I take the blue inhaler my breathing may improve, but I feel the anxiety from the dyspnea before carry through.
The trouble is I have a peak flow meter for about a month now. It never sinks below 600, and has gone as high as 700 very often! There is no difference between when I take a puff or not. I know it is not hyperventilation because I never get the usual things like pins and needles. Also a pulse oximeter has spotted my oxygen sink below 89% twice now: doctors STILL called it a panic attack, but what kind of panic attack gets better with blue inhalers?!
I have so many questions, but these will suffice for now:
- Why is my peak flow higher than average when I am visibly struggling to get air in and out?
- Can blue inhalers help with non-asthmatics, or do they have a rebound effect that is fooling me into thinking I have asthma?
- The long acting bronchodilator and steroid combi still haven't helped after almost 2 months. Why?
I'm sorry if I sound desperate; I can't eat or sleep without my blue inhaler right now, and I'm scared to go out in the cold or even leave my room unless it's with a friend. Thank you for any help you can offer!