Hi I’m new here, just looking for some thoughts and advice...
Back in spring I had a virus, just a cold really, and ended up with a cough/throat tightness which lasted around 6 weeks. Meantime I received an appt for a shoulder Xray due to a muscular issue. X-ray came back fine but I was subsequently sent for chest X-ray because of the appearance of my left lung which suggested possible infection. X-ray came back ok and cough cleared up, but I developed a bit of a whistling in my throat/chest mainly early in morning and late at night, so I went to GP who listened to my chest and got me to do 3 peak flows, the highest of which was 370.
He gave me a peak flow meter and a diary to keep for 6wks - my best ever peak flow was 390, average around 370 and dropped as low as 310. I was still wheezing at times, and sometimes tight in the throat/chest.
I went back and he decided with my history of eczema, allergies and family history of asthma to prescribe clenil brown inhaler, 2 x puffs of 200mcg (so 400mcg) twice a day and to keep monitoring peak flow, he said I should notice an Improvement in the numbers if it is asthma. Anyway I’ve been on this since end of June and really the numbers haven’t changed much. Average 370, best ever still 390, I’ve used ventolin when feeling very tight in the chest or peak flow particularly low, and it’s gone up to 410/420.
I’m going back to GP but really I’m wondering if it is even asthma at all if there’s been no real improvement. I have palpitations at times also so wondering if something else going on.
Anyone else ever had a trial of treatment and no improvement in symptoms?