Firstly a very happy 2018 to everyone, I've been reading a few of the comments on here for a week or two now as I was recently diagnosed as having asthma.
I'm kind of managing but have had a couple of "episodes" mainly during the night where I have woken up short of breath, tight chest, sweaty etc but have managed to calm myself down and given the blue inhaler a good go!
Some background, I am 46 have been a light smoker for about 20 years or so (5 or 6 a day) but did quit when I was told I had asthma (only a couple of weeks I know but got to start somewhere). I have all but stopped exercising although I intend to have a light run this week as I seem to be so short of breath just walking these days. I've always been active (running, football, golf etc.) although my diet has been garbage the exercise helped me keep relatively fit.
I have been given a duoresp spiromax 160/4.5 and of course have my blue rescue inhaler, I take the duoresp twice a day (one puff each time) and the blue as and when. Should I be using the blue inhaler at all? I tend to need it probably around 6/7pm each day, I feel fine most of the day but short of breath normally when I get in from work. I've also read quitting smoking can make you more breathless than usual so am I just over worrying?
I also had 2x ECG scans & chest xrays (about 3 weeks apart) prior to being told I had asthma and they both came back fine as did my bloods, doc isn't concerned about anything heart related so do I just need to get used to the whole asthma thing and how I manage it?
I take peak flow readings twice a day and have done for around a month, they started at 500 in the morning to about 580 on an evening prior to starting on the duoresp since then they are around 600/630 which seem high.
Am I just over thinking and worrying about everything? I really just want to get back to what I would describe as normal.
Thanks in advance.