New to this forum, looking for any support and advice.
I've had asthma for years but recently it has got a lot worse. I've been having a tough time wrh it all in the last year, stepping up medication and taking countless courses of steroids. I've had a few trips to A and E this year and have recently been discharged from a weeks stay in hosptial after an attack. I have lots of triggers, but coughs and colds are a big and unavoidable trigger for me.
Have some things I want to ask advice about:
- Steroids: I'm on day 6 of my current 7 day course and still not feeling good. I'm wheezy, tight and uncomfortable and still struggling with sleep- although thankfully much better than before. Has anyone taken steroids for longer than this, or on a tapering course and felt it helped?
- After a big attack how long can I expect to feel bad? It just feels like lots of things are on top of me at the moment- a nasty infection, irritated airways, sleep deprivation and anxiety (I'm pretty terrified of having another attack)
- does anyone find that salbutamol side effects get worse over time? I had a LOT of salbutamol in the last week in hospital, causing a really high heart rate etc. I kind of understood that given how much I was taking, but now I'm having far less but feeling very sensitive to it in terms of side effects. Any advice? Just feel stuck between feeling tight and wheezy or rubbish due to salbutamol.
Sorry for the long post! Really appreciate any advice