Ok so basically, my asthma hasn't been great in recent weeks, and I've been waking up increasingly more often with a 'stuffy' chest. I've been getting more of a cough. But I brushed it off assuming it was to do with seasonal allergies or something.
I ended up in A&E on Sunday night because I'd had severe stabbing pains in my chest on the left side since I woke up, it was very very painful to breathe. I have cluster headache so I'm no stranger to extreme pain and when I say I need to go to the hospital with pain it's because I really really need to.
A&E was really struggling so after 7 hours there (they ruled out heart stuff pretty much straight away) I spoke to the nurses and it was decided I would be ok to make an emergency appointment for Monday morning (which it was by that point) to see my GP to try and workout what was going on. What he said was that in my left lower lobe he could hear quite a bit of crackling, so because my temperature and sats were fine and my asthma is stable, he gave me amoxicillin.
I'm using my asthma meds (Seretide 250/25, Spiriva Respimat, Montelukast), I have some saline nebs as usual, and as I have adrenal insufficiency I also have steroid cover at home which I'm supposed to use if I start with a fever, but if needed I can also use it if I'm struggling lung-wise, then make a phone appointment to get some prednisolone which is what I'll probably have to do.
The thing is, I'm wondering if I should have called in earlier to get steroids and kick this in the butt? Did I leave something when I should have got it treated, and because of my own negligence it became a lower respiratory tract infection?