I have been suffering with a cough for 2 months. It is worst at night, waking me from sleep and when I exercise. I saw a nurse about 5weeks ago and she suspected asthma. My peak flow was only 220, about half of what it should be. I was given a blue inhaler to relieve symptoms. I used this frequently for a week whilst my condition continued to deteriorate and ended up in the gp surgery on a nebuliser with peak flow of 90. I was given steroids for a week (40 mg per day). The steroids improved my breathing and eliminated the night cough but I continued to feel tightness in my chest. My peak flow max rose to 260. I finished the course of steroids 9 days ago and I am now using clenil modulite inhaler (100) 4 puffs a day and ventolin inhaler when needed.
The cough has returned and is getting worse. I woke 3 times over the last 2 nights and had to use ventolin and i'm also now coughing during the day. I'm finding that 5/6 puffs will stop the cough but it only lasts about 3 hours. My peak flow is dropping (now 160, increasing to 200 after ventolin). I saw my GP yesterday and have been refused any further medication or change to inhaler usage as my chest sounds clear, with no wheeze. I also had a chest X-ray yesterday that was clear. My reversibility test to confirm the asthma diagnosis is booked in early October as I have to wait for steroids to clear my system.
I have another appointment with my gp on Monday to review how I am. I'd be really grateful for any advice on what I should be asking for? I'm feeling pretty low at the moment from lack of sleep and the coughing.