I hope everyone is well and coping with the winter weather?
I posted in this forum back in July as I had a very bad asthma flare up that was causing a lot of confusion. Since the warm summer months came in, I started waking up every night with bad asthma episodes that could last from 30mins to 3 hours kept awake. I was put on prednisolone on 3 separate weeks and changed my reliever to fostair max dose morning and night. Plus montekulast tablets. I had several emergency doctors appointments and a very frustrating and confusing time on waiting lists and appointments with different doctors trying to work out what was going on. I have a high peak flow, very healthy and never suffered from exercise.
After months of stress, I managed to get a lung function test and blood tests back in October to confirm I had bad allergies. Mainly to pets and also grass pollen. I’ve since removed our house cat from the bedroom completely and taken some fexofenadine anti-histamine tablets. Things have now started to improve. Not instantly, but I noticed a reduction in the amount of time I was being kept awake for at night and then stared having a few nights with no wake ups at all. It’s now been almost a week with out any wake ups and I am very happy and relieved!
So, I no longer sleep with cat on the bed or find her as bothering for my asthma in the day time either. I have an air purifier and a Dyson per hoover which helps. Also sleep with window on latch for lovely fresh cold air.
In 2016 I also had a smaller but similar fierce asthma flare up in the summer, then winter came and I was fine. Last winter I managed to go back to minimal preventer and stop montekulast! So it’s very clear that summer grass pollen and my cat is a trigger for me. We cannot re-home the cat which is my girlfriends beloved pet long before I met and moved in with her. However we are saving for a house and may be able to avoid grass near the windows.
So, my reason to post on here is firstly to share an update and pass on my experience to those who may be in a similar situation to me and very confused where the asthma is coming from after around 20 years with no problems.
Secondly, when speaking to people on this forum and a very helpful asthma UK nurse, it was brought to my attention that my nose could be a problem for my asthma. I have something called a post nasal drip which I think means phlegm drips into my throat in the night? I was given a steroid nasal spray but no idea if it actually helped or loosened the phlegm more to make things worse in the night. Just a coupe of weeks ago, I noticed when waking up, I needed to clear excess phlegm from my lungs and my nightly asthma was less of a severe tightness of chest but light asthma which I could relive in about 4 puffs of ventolin instead of the previous 8 - 10 in the summer. Plus a bit of coughing up phlegm to clear my lungs.
So I’ve stopped taking the nasal spray and ran out of fexofenadine for a few days. Started back on Loratadine and I’ve been sleeping fine! However, every morning I blow my nose and find lots of blood! I regularly get sinus pain and need to clear my nose. Always have done. I had bad sinusitis 5 or 6 years ago too. Yet when I went to the doctor, they refused to look at my nose. They told me it was not possible for my asthma to flare up severely at night and then go back to strong peak flow some days. They wouldn’t let me get referred to the hospital but did do the lung test plus 2 blood tests. I got the impression I was becoming a nuisance to them as I kept asking for emergency appointments. I managed to book a phone call with a different doctor who doesn’t know me to tell me the test results. Her advice was, get rid of the cat.
So anyway, I feel like I’ve made progress. I’ve got some answers,I’ve compromised and removed cat from bedroom and I’m sleeping again. but I’m dreading next summer! What happens when the grass pollen is back and the cat is shedding furr?
Also, what the hell is going on with my nose? Why do I get daily nose bleeds? Will the Doctors see me about nose bleeds or should I just be grateful that things are good now and wait till things are bad again before making appointments.
I’m happy I have some answers but not totally satisfied I know what’s going on yet. Does anyone else have similar problems / situations? Or can share any knowledge about their nose?!
Sorry for the long post. I appreciate the support and I also hope my ramblings and experiences. May help some of you too.