I was diagnosed with asthma 5 years ago at the age of 35. It took a couple of years before the correct treatment was given, after being hospitalized 2 times. I was also diagnosed with early state Bronchiectasis, given a leaflet on it and that was it.
Up until a year ago, I had been fine, I was taking Seretide morning and night. However, since March last year, I got a cough and wheeze, went to the doctors numerous times over 7 months, always the same old story, steroids and antibiotics, but not always, depending on which doctor I saw (the antibiotics). I was changed from Seretide to Symbicort 400 in June and tried on Montelukast tablets, even though I was given them when first diagnosed and they didn't help.
I ended up in hospital in December, having had a "severe asthma attack". I am continuing with Symbicort but now also use Tiotropium Bromide in the morning. In addition I have been put back on Montelukast for the third time.
Since finishing the steroids two weeks ago, my chest has gradually become tighter, wheezier and I am getting breathless when walking. My peak flow this morning was 140, which it was when I was in hospital and they wouldn't let me go until it was 300.
Sorry for the long message but I was wondering if anyone has had any problems work wise with their asthma? I work in an office for a large company who have been supportive, I have had 4 instances of time off the past year, all asthma related. My manager has suggested maybe I could work from home for a couple of afternoons but she is seeking guidance from HR.
Is asthma classed as a disability or does it depend on the severity?