I have been fit and active all my life, going horse riding, cycling, hiking, swimming, etc. since childhood. Nowadays I just go hiking and do a bit of gardening, but I do have a fairly physically active job. I am 50yrs old. I was very ill at the beginning of May, with what was probably flu, then what I thought was bronchitis but seems to have been pneumonia. GP had me on antibiotics for several weeks, also some steroids as well as an inhaler. While on the pills I had begun feeling better again but every time I finished the courses of pills I began having trouble with the coughing and wheezing again. This week I went for a follow up appointment at the hospital to see how I was after the pneumonia, which is when I got told I had asthma. I am to go to the gp in 2 weeks by which time they will have got his letter, and I will get a different type of inhaler.
He also mentioned something about the fact that I had smoked before getting ill (I stopped because of the breathing issues and decided I should quit permanently which I have now done). Smoking inhibits the asthma apparently, and now I have stopped smoking I have got asthma.