Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what's going on with my asthma cough.
Ive had adult onset asthma for about 15 years now. I changed from the brown preventer to Seretide about 6 years ago and it's worked really well. Until that is October last year, my cough flared up and my GP advised me to up my dose from 2 twice a day to 3 twice a day. I done this for about a month, made no difference.
Then the asthma nurse told me to try changing from the volumatic spacer to the little blue aero chamber one. That made no difference. Then I got very wheezy, so she put me on Amoxicillin.
Then I had a stronger ab, can't remember the name something like Claramycin. I got a cold before Xmas and got worse she then gave me a nasal spray and 5 days of oral pred. That didn't help either.
After Xmas I had Montelukast tablets for 3 weeks, no noticeable difference.
Then a third lot of abs, still very chesty and short of breath.
I had asked for a hospital referral but she said, no point as they won't do anything else other than what I'm doing.
After the third lot of abs she finally agreed to refer me, it's now been 5 months! I feel rubbish, tired short of breath if I do too much and have horrendous coughing fits. My voice is hoarse and my head and back hurt from constantly coughing.
I've decided to go private now so I have an appointment with a respiratory specialist on Thursday this week.
I feel really angry and disappointed it's taken this long.
What sort of thing should I be asking him? What sort of tests should I expect?
Would be interested to hear your experiences with a specialist, I'm really hoping I'm just going to feel normal again.
Sorry for waffling on.