I wonder if other people recognise this:
- occasional flare-ups of probably fairly mild breathing problems; often no problems at all when just sitting and fairly out of breath when walking.
- flare-up lasts about 3-6 weeks with fits of breathlessness mainly happening at night, rarely at day unless the night before was particularly bad. Outside of flare-ups no problems at all for months apart from occasional mild chest tightness (feels like side stitches) which usually lasts for 1-2 weeks and is only noticeable when walking or in milder cases only when jogging.
- Mild breathlessness during flare up means: it's not possibly to completely exhale when just breathing normally and the breathlessness is similar to walking uphill on a high mountain (low oxygen) or free diving for too long. It is however possible to get past this exhaling blockage by using just a bit more force. There might be a very mild wheezing.
- as peak flow measurements use force they show now difference between having breathing problems and no breathing problems. I must say though that I have not done a measurement yet while I was walking wit breathlessness at it's worse. Spirometries when I'm not having problems are normal as well. I only ever had one while in a flare-up, in a glass cabin before and after ventolin, which apparently showed a difference. Unfortunately, this was not in the UK and I don't have the report and no way of getting it.
- both ventoline and formoterol work well. However, in pretty bad nights during a flare-up I wake up and might need to take meds up to three times.
-Experimenting with omeprazole now as I think it's possible to have reflux without really noticing it. Current improvements might be a coincidence though.
Is there anyone here who can relate to this? Any idea what this might be?