Today I had a review on advice of Asthma U.K. nurse, who was concerned that I take four puffs daily of Symbicort normally. Over the summer I have tried to cut down to two per day a few times, but there was always something that pushed it up again. The nurse I saw agreed, and said (like asthma U.K. nurses) that I may need Montelukast.
We agreed I shall try for a period to see how two per day works, and if needed make a GP appointment. Also a friend of mine who is a doctor said I should not be coughing at all, but I am so used to coughing. It is something I have done on and off all my life, so unless it really gets in the way I ignore it or don’t think about it. It is just how I am.
I struggle with noticing, being aware of symptoms. I have improved on that front, and if I feel really ill I most certainly know, but may not specifically notice my breathing. So just now I really don’t know if I need anything extra or not. No one has said before I was really taking too much Symbicort. I am on 200/6. It will be interesting to see what happens. I have form on not noticing thus not asking for help and ending up in hospital in the end.
I was also prescribed a new peakflow. That followed one of the threads here that said to replace them annually, which I certainly have not done. The new one, an AirZone is a pretty blue, with primary colour ‘nobs’, and very small. I was surprised as I thought the miniWright was standard. It seems OK, though, but with slightly lower readings. Has anyone got experience of this one?