The internet is a mine of information, and I try to stick to reputable sites when researching a medical condition, but I still am finding that perhaps I now have too much information!
As an example: I have discovered that the medications (inhalers) I have been prescribed can actually cause the very symptoms they are designed to relieve - and find myself considering stopping them to see if my symptoms improve (don't worry - I won't!)
I still find myself struggling to believe that I actually have asthma. I have had so many mental health issues for most of my life, and I have non-epileptic seizures (which have a psychological trigger) which are a physical manifestation of a psychological problem: this along with a GP suggesting that there was 'a bit of a stressy thing going on here' and that I was 'simply hyperventilating' rather than having an asthma flare up, makes me wonder whether all of my asthma symptoms are actually more to do with depression and anxiety than my lungs!
I know that the inhalers help a great deal, and that they wouldn't help with anxiety-provoked hyperventilation, but even so I find myself doubting my diagnosis.
So I am currently even more confused by all the info! Is my stuffy nose because of a cold or is it due to the inhalers? Is my productive cough a side effect of the inhaler or a sign of my asthma? Are my mood swings to do with the medication or is it simply that I am struggling to cope with this condition?
All that information and I have more questions than answers - the poor asthma nurse is in for a rough time when I see her on Thursday!
Not expecting solutions - just sharing this as an observation