Last weekend I had an asthma attack, I managed to control it at home, but since it was the 3rd in 6 weeks, and my chest still felt heavy the following Monday I saw the nurse practitioner at my surgery.
My O2 levels were good and there was no wheeze, but since I still have the heaviness and felt breathless she prescribed 40mg of prednisolone for 5 days. Initially I felt a little dizzy taking them the first day, and didn't sleep at all that night, but the improvement in my chest was so good that I continued taking them through Thursday. My symptoms got gradually worse, I was so confused, dizzy, tired and weak on Thursday that I felt like I'd been run over by a bus. Friday morning I felt a little better and my chest was completely clear so not wanting to put up with the dizzies I didn't take the prednisolone. That evening I started feeling unwell again, and all over the weekend I've been so weak and shaky that I can't stand for more than a few minutes, and dizziness is making me confused and disorientated. On top of that my arms and legs feel like lead and are so achy, my concentration is awful and I just don't have the energy to do anything, but I'm not sleeping either.
I have to ring my GP in the morning as I'm due to go back to work tomorrow after self-certing last week, but there's no way I could function at work like this.
I wondered if anyone here ha had a reaction like this, and how long I could expect it to last? I never ever want to take this stuff again, I don't think I've ever felt this ill in my life.