After being diagnosed with mild asthma 21 years ago aged 53 I just used my preventer daily and almost never needed my reliever. Just under a year ago I started to get breathless and developed a cough. i saw the asthma nurse regularly and was prescribed stronger and stronger inhalers (currently Fostair 200/6). I have also had several courses of Prednisolone which made me feel great whilst I was taking them , but soon after I stopped the symptoms returned. I was referred to the chest clinic at my local hospital and had a chest x-ray and a CT Scan. The clinic sent the results to my GP who explained that I have bronchiectasis a well as asthma, but I have not yet been invited back to the clinic to be given all the information I need. As the first consultation was over 3 months ago I am getting very frustrated as my symptoms are still the same and are only relieved by short courses of prednisolone. which my GP doesn't want me to have. I had to almost beg him yesterday even though he could see I was struggling to walk a few hundred yards without becoming really breathless. Sorry this post is so long but I was hoping someone in a similar position could advise me.