Hi everyone, new here.
I’ve had asthma all my life but it has been extremely well controlled for most of my life, allowing me to do some pretty intense cycling events etc and not need my blue inhaler at all.
I’m 28 now and am in the middle of what seems to be a flare up of sorts. It started about 3 weeks ago following a couple of weeks on Sirdupla, having been changed to that from Seretide 125. I was willing to try that for a few weeks but found things were not as well controlled as usual. I was switched back by my GP to Seretide but the following couple of days things just got worse.
I went back to my GP as my Ventolin wasn’t giving me the relief it usually does and he thought I may have had some type of infection so was on antibiotics (Clarithromycin) for 5 days. Went back 8 days later still feeling the same and was put on steroids (Prednisolone 30mg) for 5 days which seemed to help a bit (also had blood test and chest x-ray done at the hospital, both fine) but then went downhill again.
I was quite anxious on Sunday morning and my wife took me to A&E where I had bloods, x-ray and ecg (heart monitor thing) but basically told that I was just aware of my breathing. I was reassured it was nothing life threatening, but it definitely isn’t all in my head! Back to the GP yesterday and he is out of ideas, has referred me to the respiratory clinic (which is a long wait) and that is it. Said it would be dangerous to be given more steroids.
So I’m off work as I’m too out of breath to move around much with no real signs of improvement and nothing to take except my blue inhaler which doesn’t do much.
In that time I also went to see the Asthma nurse who told me my inhaler technique was poor, which has now been corrected, but still no better after doing that properly for a week.
Could it be a virus of some kind, I haven’t had any other symptoms of the viruses that are going round at the moment? No cough, no real wheeze, no fever etc just had some aches on my chest and back but they could be from the laboured breathing.
We have a second cat that we got 3 months ago, already had the other a few years but seems odd that it would wait 2 months before this happens.
Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to get this out there. Any other ideas?