Following my recent post, I thought I'd just ask to see if anyone has similar experiences when recovering from an attack or "exacerbation" as it says on my discharge letter.
Symptoms had been playing up for about 3 weeks prior to a hospital stay for 5 days, had lots of tests for other things done to rule out clots etc. Had a couple of X-rays and they showed some inflation of the lungs, but no focal consolidation (copd thing I assume?) I was probably hyperventilating which caused this, saw a Physio to give me some breathing exercises.
Spirometry showed good lung function and my peak flow throughout all of this hasn't dropped below 530. Finished the Prednisilone on Thursday (3rd day off of them now) and feel like I can do things slowly again. But I'm still short of breath.
Lung Specialist encouraged me not to take Ventolin unless I needed it as I have had a lot of it recently and my heart was beating double the speed it normally does. On Fostair and Montelukast now as IgE levels were quite high and just waiting to get better.
I'm just not used to the recovery phase of this. How long is a piece of string, but how long do you normally take to get over an exacerbation like I've had? I'm usually so fit and healthy and well controlled that although I was in and out of hospital with asthma when I was young I am really not used to this.
Thanks for any kind words.