Hi all, I've only had asthma for 6 months and would appreciate any advice at all. It's hard to find information that's useful and it seems everyone has different symptoms.
After 6 months of illness and severe coughing fits, I suffered a collapsed lung and spent a week in hospital. I was given seretide 250 and the specialist said she "thinks" I have asthma. That's the closest diagnosis I ever got. The 250 helped, but my breathing and coughing were still not under control, so now I'm on 500 twice a day. I don't get a lot of side effects, but I do get bad cramps since taking it, especially between the shoulder blades and in my feet. I still produce a lot of mucus too, which I'm constantly having to clear from my airways and throat.
Another problem I've developed is GERD. I was given ppi's to take for 3 months, which helped, but as soon as I stopped them, the acid returned with a vengeance.
At night I'm unable to breathe through my nose. It seems to be blocked, but dry. Also I often wake up gasping for air, as though I forgot to breathe. I also sometimes wake up breathing normally, yet still feeling like I'm completely out of oxygen.
I've no idea what's going on really and assume other people have the same symptoms? how do you cope?