Hi, I'm new here, and struggling with a recent flare-up. I had asthma as a child/teenager, mainly triggered by cigarette smoke and colds, but seemed to 'grow out of it' after I left school. I've had very few issues as an adult and hadn't been on a preventer for years. But I started with a chest infection 3 weeks ago and all of a sudden my asthma has been exacerbated and I'm struggling to recover. It seemed to come out of the blue and I've never been this bad with it before or responded so slowly to treatment. After a week of feeling generally really rough, and one GP dismissing it as viral and asking if I was stressed (?!), I ended up at the out of hours GP on Easter Saturday with my lowest peak flow ever. A week of amoxicillin and 10 days of prednisolone didn't make much of a difference, and I felt like the GPs I saw weren't taking me seriously when I tried to explain how bad I was feeling. Finally last Friday I saw a great GP who realised that my air entry wasn't very good, that the air wasn't actually getting to the bottom of my lungs which may have been why the previous GPs couldn't always hear much wheeze, and he put me on the nebuliser, and prescribed doxycycline and more prednisolone. I am improving now, but slowly, and finding it hard because this is so unusual for me. My chest is clearer and my peak flow is gradually rising, but my chest is still tight, I'm still feeling extremely tired and quite wobbly on my legs, and I still can't look after my 3-year-old on my own for very long. Am I just being impatient? I guess I'm finding it hard to get my head around it, after being symptom-free for so long. Sorry if that's been a bit of a ramble!
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