Hi there - new to the forum but really having a bad time with my asthma just now.
I've had asthma all my life. I've had 3 asthma attacks that have required hospitalisation in the past (one as an adult) and my asthma has been fairly well controlled otherwise. I have related eczema and other allergies. Normally when my asthma is bad, my eczema flares up quite significantly too.
I also have almost constant pain in my upper back between my shoulder blades, it feels like my muscles are being squeezed making breathing difficult and leaving me feeling like I am gasping for breath - no wheezing and coughing only sometimes.
I have been to a physio about my back and given exercises to do. My back pain began around the time I had an asthma attack in which I was admitted to hospital (Nov 2008 - caused by reaction to mould). In August 2015, my back pain subsided significantly and was almost completely gone until December 2015.
After the asthma attack in 2008, I was put onto Ventolin (salbutamol) and Seretide Evo (fluticasone and salmeterol) 250, over the years I reduced down to Seretide evo 50 one dose daily with no issues, this dose change was made in July 2015 & had no asthma symptoms at all.
In December 2015, I began to feel that the back pain had returned and was really restricted my breathing. My Dr changed my Rx back to Seretide 250 2 puffs twice daily. However, the pain in my back and breathing continued to cause serious issues in catching my breath, the pain would come and go randomly in my back and sometimes radiates around my ribs and down my legs.
In May I was put onto Montelukast for a month after that I was taken off of that and put onto Symbicort 200, 1 puff twice daily and when required up to 12 times daily. My symptoms calmed down for 2 weeks between the use of Montelukast and Symbicort, however they have returned and continue to cause me difficulties. I have made an appointment with my Dr but it's not until August.
This is really frustrating,I like breathing!! and it's really effecting my quality of life. I should note my eczema has not flared up at all. Which is unusual for me when my asthma flares up.
Has anyone else experienced this before. I am really worried about it. I am experiencing symptoms throughout the day and struggling to find anything that helps.