I'm new to the site and I'm looking forward to chatting to you all.
I was diagnosed with asthma about 12 years ago and have been lucky have had it under control for most of that time. I went from the brown qvar beclometasone inhaler to the pink fostair beclametasone/formoterol preventer about 4 years ago after I kept getting chest infections and it helped. However, I've now had two pretty bad flare ups of my asthma in the last 4 months.
In March, I reckon it was triggered by a chest infection. I ended up having 3 weeks of 40mg a day prednisilone, two weeks of clarythromicin followed by 2 weeks of dioxycycline, and was put on seretide 250, 2 puffs twice a day. I was seng for a chest xray that thankfully came back clear and after all this my asthma calmed down. I then struggled with severe fatigue and a horrible rash thanks to steroid withdrawal.
Three weeks ago I went from fine to my Peak flow dropping and the coughing and wheezing began again. After a week of steroids, nothing changed and I managed to see a pretty good GP who actually had read my notes and listened. I explained that I have a brother and sister with severe asthma and that they have found montekulast and spirivia helpful. She was not keen on spirivia because it's technically for copd but did start me on montekulast. Long story short, I missed 2.5 weeks of work and had 2 weeks of pred and a week of dioxycycline. Oh and I've been taking Ventolin, 4 puffs every 4 hours. Still coughing quite badly, and I'm still waking up coughing a few times a night, but asthma is under control.
I'm seeing the asthma nurse on Wednesday and I want to push for further testing. When I've seen a doctor or nurse, they've been keen to point out that its been hot and pollen levels are high, but I've dealt with such environmental factors before. When I was well in May, I led a School trip of 40 teenagers to Berlin in incredibly hot weather and was ok.
I'd like to think I've been unlucky but I can't help but worry that I'm deteriorating, especially because if how bad my sister gets.
I'd really appreciate any advice on what I should be asking for and how I can push for further support. These episodes have been quite scary; I have been very lucky in the past.
Any advice would be appreciated.