I have been struggling for 3 months with my asthma ever since I had the flu in February. I've already posted something here a couple of weeks ago but as I still don't feel good and no one around me really understands how bad I feel (not even the doctors) I figured talking to people who had the same problem would help.
I essentially have two questions :
Before I caught the flu, my asthma didn't cause me any issues. I don't even know if I can say I had mild asthma since I didn't even have attacks nor did I take any medication (never used the blue inhaler in years!). But everything changed after I got sick and I went from having almost zero symptoms to having trouble breathing all the time. So my question is: could this be just a flare due to the flu and can it go back to how it was before once the flare is over ? Or does the flu trigger a lasting severe asthma condition that I now will have to live with for the rest of my life ?
My second question is how do you deal with this condition especially when it gets worse? Because I really can't get used to it and the doctors I saw didn't give me any tips on how to handle it and most of them didn't even take me seriously. When I start feeling the oppression and the difficulty breathing I just take 2 puffs of blue inhaler and sit until I start feeling better (it usually takes hours before I'm able to resume living normally). People around me tell me to relax when it happens but it's impossible for me to relax when I feel like I'm going to die! So if you could share any tips concerning how you manage your symptoms it would be highly appreciated!
I should also probably mention that I've been on seretide for 2 weeks and I see no improvement at all. I've also had some nebs at home of bricanyl and atrovent but it doesn't seem to be as effective as the one I had at the hospital.