I have a history of allergies but not asthma but was diagnosed with asthma at age 50, after a suspected asthma attack in August (due to an allergic reaction to dust + high pollution levels) and ended up in A&E for a few hours. I was given prednisolone for a week and prescribed the daily brown inhaler 100 MCG clenil modulite (2 puffs twice a day ) and a blue inhaler for emergencies. I was also told to take antihistamines every day.
I have barely used the blue inhaler at all. Maybe 5 puffs in total since August. I've used the brown one daily as instructed. And am taking my antihistamines daily too. My peak flow is averaging 450 at the moment. It went down to 150 during my asthma attack.
My specialist thinks my nose is the problem rather than my chest, possibly nasal polyps. I don't cough and I only wheeze when my allergies are up.
I know I was overweight before this process, but now my stomach is so huge that it looks like I'm heavily pregnant. My waist size can easily fluctuate 2 inches from day to day. I've gone from a size 12 to a size 16 or 18 around the waist.
I have been reducing my calorie intake and watching my portion size for the last couple of weeks and cooking from fresh more often than not. But there is no shift in weight or, more importantly, size. I'm getting distressed and demoralised by this. Nothing fits and I'm ashamed of how I look. Plus it's making things like climbing stairs more difficult which is counter productive to my overall health as t makes exercise difficult.
There is a history of Type II diabetes in my family so I'm very concerned at the risk of that. Perhaps more concerned about that than the asthma.
I'm seriously considering stopping my brown inhaler completely . I have an appointment with my GP in a week or so to discuss.
I would be interested to know what others experience has been in similar circumstances.