I am in the process of trying to learn to recognise when I have a problem. Recently I got a bad chest infection, but I didn't recognise myself how bad it was. I have since been told by several people that they noticed I could not speak a whole sentence without breathing in the middle, but I didn't notice.....
So, now I am self monitoring, using a peak flow and keeping a record. During said chest infection I doubled my clenil Modulite (once it had dawned on me, and I felt, how much of a problem I had), and since I have been gradually reducing, now back down to one puff twice daily, since perhaps a week or so back.
How long does it take before the good effects of clenil reduces? It seems to me to have gone down already. There is a question mark over whether that level was quite enough before I got so ill, as I easily got breathless on excertion. And also, I now feel quite uncomfortable chest wise quite often, a bit tight, but could live with it. There is some small decreases on my peak flow. Should I just learn to live with this? How do I know whether to increase CM again? I do plan to see the asthma nurse again, and also to ring the asthma helpline for some general advice. At present I hesitate to use ventolin when I feel like that, but when I do it does get a bit better on the whole. So in the last few days I have used it quite a few times, but am I being just a wimp?
I do find all this very, very difficult. I have been used to ignoring, and it never has become a full blown asthma attack, but I have have been heard to wheeze many times, and have heard it myself , too. (By the way I don't think any nurse of doctor have ever heard a wheeze on my lungs, even when they were full of gunk.)
Any words of wisdom are most welcome.