Newly Diagnosed

I was given a working diagnosis of asthma last week after 3 weeks of very varied peak flow readings (done at home as requested by my doctor) and a prescription of salbutamol for use if needed. I am grateful for a diagnosis as I've been having these same issues for around 7 years but they never got bad enough for me to feel I needed a doctor.

Last Thursday (22.2.17) my doctor prescribed me the brown preventer inhaler. I have read about people being misdiagnosed and am very worried about this. My symptoms cause me bother on an almost daily basis but I've never had a bad 'asthma attack'. On Tuesday I was woken up through the night feeling like someone was crushing my chest, my reliever inhaler did not help at all, and over the rest of the day I felt like someone had tied a belt around my chest and was constantly tightening and loosening it. It was scary and uncomfortable. I used my relived inhaler a few times and it didn't make a huge amount of difference. I returned to the doctors yesterday and was told my temperature was normal and my chest was clear. I've been given a 5 day course of prenidsalone and told to double my daily dose of my preventer inhaler (from one puff twice a day, to 2 puffs twice a day).

I am grateful for the diagnosis and for the medication (which does seem to be helping a lot). I'm just wondering, does it definitely seem like I have asthma? I'm just worried due to hearing about misdiagnosis plus having had symptoms for so many years without any really serious effects. And also I read somewhere that if the blue inhaler doesn't help (which is does most of the time) then it's unlikely to be asthma.

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  • Before diagnosis the doctor put me on ventolin to see how it would help. My peak flow dropped like a stone. Then the nurse put me on Pulmicort & prescribed Bricanyl as a reliever. My peak flow rose. I think the propellant in mdis upsets me & I need the dry powder inhalers. I would say you probably have asthma.

  • The salbutamol nearly always helps but the doctor thinks that maybe the preventer inhaler will make things a little worse whilst my body gets used to it, and thinks that the reliever inhaler wasn't working properly because I was panicking slightly as well. Thank you

  • Hi...I am late onset atypical. Salbutamol (the "blue") has no effect on me at all and I am now sensitive to various/allergic steroids since this kicked off a handful of years ago - including (at least) hypersensitive to pred (not so keen on a trial of allergy in hospital on that one!). Symbicort (turbohaler) does the job and I am really lucky to have an excellent consultant. So yes it is asthma even when the blue does nothing ever.

  • Thank you for your response 😊 I suppose it's now just a waiting game for me to get used to whatever medications we find work for time. Thank you again!

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