I am 49, work a physical job and single (widowed) mother to 2 teenagers. 🙄🙄
I was only diagnosed with asthma this year following 6 months of worsening SOB ended in a 3 day emergency hospital admission. I was discharged with my 5 day course of steroids, and Symbicort SMART inhaler. I also take Fexofenadrine daily.
I felt great - I really did! Back to being able to jog upstairs.
By early October my breathing was starting to decline again. Nothing drastic but slightly puffed up stairs or fast walking. Phoned GP who gave another course of steroids. Also added Montelukast as I was 24/7 blowing my nose.
The Montelukast has worked 🙂 but that dose of steroids never seemed to put me completely right, and by start of December the GP prescribed another 5 day dose and changed my inhaler to Spiriva (2puffs a day) and Salbutamol as a reliever.
I’m now 3 weeks later and I know my breathing is still not right. The steroids didn’t make much difference. Yesterday I was at work and had a fairly good day (was lifting furniture, and only rested once). Today I’m at home and SOB again, and needing to use my reliever.
I’ve always been affected by smells (perfume, flowers etc), but am now more and more affected by heat. The root of my asthma hasn’t really been investigated due to Covid, and although I had X-rays in hospital (all clear) my GP practice won’t physically see anyone at all (yes, seriously!)
So - my question is. Do I just accept that I will never be back to normal? That I will always have a slight shortness of breath - made worse by my known triggers (and possibly unknown ones)? Do I just need to slow down (I’m more of a rush around person). I phoned the GP today to book an asthma review - the first appointment was for 5th January