I have, over the last 8 weeks, been struggling, like so many on here with a major exacerbation. The GP's have been valliant in their attempts to control it 2 changes of inhalers(to flutiform and symbicort) neither of which worked 2 courses of steriods one I am just tapering (down to 1mg) from now. Added montelukast and carbonistene also omprazole. I was told to stop the montelukast because it didn't work.
I saw the consultant (paid for privately!) on Wednesday and he suggested a change of inhaler to Fostair MART from Seretide.
Although I have been having a very tough time lately Seretide has always worked for me so I am doubting the change. I know, from research that it is a more flexible system and can be used as both preventer and releiver but the thought of not using ventolin scares me rigid! My peak flow has fallen since Wednesday when I started to use it and my chest is sore and I am coughing even more. Should I speak to my GP about starting Seretide again or do I have to contact the consultant who I am sureI will not be able to contact easily.What do others think of Fostair? How long did it take to work?
Finally, sorry for the long ramble, how do people cope mentally with symptoms for so long, the breathlessness especially? I have been really struggling to come to terms with what I might have to live with forever, after having such well controlled asthma I feel my life has been taken away from me and I feel so alone. Thank you for reading.