I'm a busy working mum of four teenagers and have had to take the last 3 weeks off work (the most ever) due to a massive asthma flare up following a chest infection. I have finished my 2 week course of steroids (started with 30mg which I took for 9 days then tapered them off) but still feel tight in my chest and have that usual 'I've been kicked in the chest and back by a horse' feeling that I always get following a course of prednisolone. Ribs ache (normal, from the steroid loosening the muscles while coughing), and getting a horrible feeling of heart-racing whenever I try and do anything. I have literally done nothing but lie in bed or on the sofa for weeks now and haven't been out of the door in a bid to get better quicker. I really don't have time to be ill but I've done everything right this time. I don't know why I'm writing this, other than to say that I don't know anyone else who has problems like this and I'm sure people at work don't understand. Friends certainly don't. Breathing should be so simple - people take it for granted. Why does it take so long to get better? What do people take following a flare-up? Any advice for tonics etc? Feeling so frustrated and fed up.