Hi - Hoping that some of you may be able give me some useful advice.
Had a horrible cold/cough back in August which set off Asthma symptoms. I thought I had it under control with extra Ventolin and upped my Seretide 250 to 2 puffs twice a day. Things seemed to improve after 3 weeks of coughing and being tight chested and out of breath.
I had 2 weeks of feeling fine and then came down with a severe chest infection, requiring Clarithromicin 500mg and 30mg of Prednisolone for 5 days. After 2 weeks off work, my peak flow remained low and I was still having lots of symptoms. A chest x-ray was clear and my GP put me on to Montelukast tablets and kept the Seretide up at the higher dose.
I saw the Asthma nurse 2 weeks later and was pleased to report that things were a bit better but still not back to normal. She swapped my inhaler to Flutiform 250 (2 puffs twice a day) and after about a week I was feeling much more like my old self. I even had 3 days on the trot without having to take my Ventolin at all!
Early last week I felt as if I was getting a cold and mentioned this to the Asthma nurse when I saw her. My peak flow was starting to drop a little and symptoms were increasing. She said to keep an eye on things - that I was already on the maximum dose of Flutiform and that I should just take more Ventolin and get in touch if things got worse.
Of course they did. I came down with a stinking cold on Friday and this morning went to see GP with a nasty chest infection again. Now have the Clariththromicin 500mg and Prednisolone tablets again. Have to go back to be seen by the doctor later - have never known a GP who wanted to see me twice in one day! - to see whether I need to be sent to the hospital.
Don't know whether I've just had a run of bad luck that has lasted almost 4 months or something else going on.
Am now thoroughly fed up and would be grateful for any advice. Sorry to have gone on!