I've been pretty well controlled since 2010 (discharged from consultant) on simbicort/montelukast/ventolin.
On Boxing day I had a severe attack and had to call an ambulance - the first time I've ever been this bad. It took 4 nebulizers and a magnesium drip to get me under control.
I saw my GP the next day - I'd recently had my meds changed to Fostair and hadn't been getting on well with it. I have gone back onto simbicort and had 6 days worth of oral steroids.
I finished the steroids yesterday, and had another attack yesterday (in the supermarket - I think it was the cold that set me off).
Today I have ignored my GPs advice and will have simbicort 4x day, (as opposed to twice), as this is what my asthma nurse would have recommended.
I feel completely exhausted - my chest is still tight and it's hard to breathe out constantly (peak flow is between 360 and 380, my usual is 400-440). Ventolin doesn't seem to be helping (I'm using a spacer), but it isn't evolving to an attack, just constant mid-level difficulty to breathe.
The asthma nurse at my surgery literally retired at Christmas, and hasn't been replaced yet. I am going on the waiting list to go back to the respiratory consultant.
My question is, in your experience, is it likely I'll get better in a few days/weeks without any other medication (I've had a week of almost constant rest)? Does it seem like I should I go to my GP again tomorrow and ask for more steroids?
I'm planning to phone the Asthma UK helpline in the morning, but I'm also aware that I'll need to phone my GP at 8.15 to get an appointment tomorrow!
Thanks in advance