Hello, I am new to this forum after being recommended by the brilliant asthma helpline. Reading around the forum and there is some great support.
I am looking for some advice. I am 31 years old and had fairly mild asthma since I was 12. Always been pretty well controlled and been fit and active. Love cycling and and asthma has never really affected my activities. My peak flow is good. I have some triggers such as smoke, allergies and stress but my asthma attacks were never severe and never been to hospital for asthma. (Although needed a nebuliser once after general anaesthetic)
I am confused because in the last 2 summers, my asthma has gone crazy. Starting at about July both years, I've ended up needing my ventolin several times a day and sometimes waking up at night. In the last 2 - 3 months I have woken up every single night with asthma. Sometimes taking my ventolin 10 to 20 times before my lungs relax to breathe normal. I sometimes go outside and open window fully. Also sometimes bad in the day. I take montekulast, anti-histamines and now fostair 200 (was on seretide 250 for years until doctors recently tried changing me to this, 3 weeks ago). I've recently had 2 5 courses of prednisolone steroids which definitely helped, but as soon as I finish the course, the asthma returns. I almost expect it to happen and my anxiety about it doesn't help either.
Doctor has just suggested a third course of steroids for a whole week to knock it on the head plus allow time to get used to fostair and if it doesn't calm down afterwards we can look into hospital tests.
Losing lots of sleep means I am tired for work the next day. Not cycling as much, getting unhealthy and putting on weight. Worried about a downward decline in asthma, however my peakflow is still at above average! Very confused!
Anyone else have similar situations?
Also worth mentioning, I have a cat but not very allergic. Hoover as much as possible and bedroom window near trees, ivy plants and grass.