Life long asthma sufferer
Male age 35
Fit and healthy - usual peak flow of around 600
Usual treatment is seretide 100 twice a day and salbutamol 100 twice a day
Been on the above treatment for best part of 20 years and have never really been compromised more than a few puffs of the salbutamol around sport and occasions if I'm suffering from cold or flu like symptoms.
4 weeks ago I was very breathless one evening, used salbutamol a few times which kind of helped, but by the next afternoon I was struggling and salbutamol wasn't relieving properly or lasting.
Saw my GP who started me on a course of pred - 40mg for 5 days.
After a few days I was better, but only slightly. Went back to the GP who gave me antibiotics for 5 days.
When I went back I had improved a bit but was still using salbutamol about 5 times a day.
I was sent to the asthma nurse who has upped my seretide to 250. Have been on this for 2 weeks now, felt I was getting gradually better and down to a couple of days of using salbutamol only 3 times. However yesterday was bad, almost back to how I felt with the original flare up.
I had been given some rescue pred to use and have started 30mg this morning which does seem to be helping some.
All through this my only symptoms have been wheezing and shortness of breath, no coughing, no fever, etc.
The lowest I have peak flowed was something like 540 despite me feeling incredibly breathless and my blood oxygen measured on those little finger clips has never been below 95. So I think that from the doctors point of view I probably haven't been that bad, but I know myself that my breathing has been terrible compared to my norm.
As I've never experienced this before I'm at a bit of a loss to understanding what's going on. Is it "normal" for a flare up to:
1 - present like this with no other symptoms
2 - go on for so long
3 - start for seemingly no reason
Any thoughts, similar experiences, etc. gratefully received.