Just feeling breathless again and coughing. Peak flow between 400-500 my normal is 570
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That's on the edge of it being in your ok/green zone but you need to do what your plan says, or what you normally do when it does this.
This post explains what you should do and when:
Hi Dl98, it sounds like a flare up, I would contact your GP today 👍. Lots of people are finding the pollen is causing their asthma to flare at the moment so I'll pop over our hay fever page which you may find useful. Please don't hesitate to give us a ring for advice 0300 222 5800 option 3 for nurses, M-F 915-445asthma.org.uk/advice/trigge...
🤦♀️ oh no, perhaps point them to this post about asthma symptoms: asthma.org.uk/advice/unders...
Hi Just noticed your post, sorry to see you’re having trouble.
My normal peak flow is the same as yours-570 end the last few weeks I’ve gone down like yours too- between 400-500 and have no idea why. I thought it might be helpful to you to share what my gp said:
I phoned my Gp who spoke over the phone so I didn’t have the ‘no wheeze issue’ (I never wheeze) she has put me up from 100 fostair to 200 fostair.
She said to phone back in 10 days if symptoms aren’t better- she said the higher fostair will have some effect straight away.
Not sure what medication you’re on or anything but I feel that is the sort of response you should be having from your GP??
I am newly diagnosed so not experienced.
Hope you managed to get something sorted xx
Yes that is really annoying and ridiculous. Why else would you actually phone and make an appointment? You have a right to be believed and your explanation of your symptoms should be listened to and accepted.
Glad the increase in fostair is helping. I am on day 7 of increased fostair and this is the first day I have not used blue inhaler so it seems really good and worked quicker than I thought.
I asked for the montelucast tablet but she said increasing fostair would work better.
I’d say that’s wrong. Montelukast is meant to be used when your asthma is mild to stop it getting worse. Luckily in the end I might add. I found a GP that listens to me but they’re always booked up. Wonder why 😂😂. Everything I’ve thought was wrong with me I was right about. So tbh she trusts my word for things and just verifys it pretty much. I suggested fostair and was put on it without hesitation.
Haha! It’s the same at our doctors the good ones who listen are always booked up!!
That’s brilliant you found a good doctor anyway and you’re sorted.
I did think the montelikast would be a good option but when she said no and offered higher fostair, was just grateful for anything! Lol
Montelukast is just another add-on, not necessarily just for mild asthma. It used to be the next step after a combi inhaler but now different doctors do things in different ways - in theory this is a good thing as it could mean treatments more suited to the patient. For example, a friend struggled with a LABA so she's on high dose Clenil and montelukast (rather than the more traditional Clenil to combi to add-on montelukast route).
So I can understand the GP wanting to tweak the Fostair first. But at least montelukast is there as an option if you need something else in the future .
I find my symptoms are really stubborn and I have to take loads of blue like 4-8 puffs throughout morning and similar at night. I am fine in afternoon. I feel like 2 puffs of blue is nothing at all lol!
It’s worse when my nose is blocked with hay fever. Like I didn’t have air to begin with 😂
Yeh I can imagine! I feel like I’m suffocating when my nose is blocked which happens suddenly but then quickly goes again which is weird.I’m on nasal spray dymasita and antihistamine daily I don’t know which of them is helping or if all of them are but I just take everything I am given and hope for the best! Lol
I am on 4 puffs a day of fostair so they said I can’t use it as a reliever
I’ve been told I can use 4 extra puffs per day. On 2 twice daily
Have you really!?? Wow that’s loads. I was told no more than what I’m on.Are you diagnosed as severe if you don’t mind me asking?
Just wondering how it works and why you have different to me?
Have you got medication for your hay fever? Nasal spray etc
Yeh it doesn’t sound moderate more severe but I’m just thinking about what I read in the step management- I think our medication is step 3/4 maybe?
I have fexofenadine (can’t spell!) too I’m lucky I tolerate it quite well I have it every morning.
I swapped from avaymys to dymista because it has an antihistamine in as well as steroid so thought this would be good.
Do you often have these flare ups? I was managed for 5 weeks then this happened.
Really just depends. Sometimes I’m fine for ages then boom. Always had it though since birth. Was always getting chest infections as a child.
This is what it says for my plan thing
Use 6 puffs of Fostair via spacer. If no improvement or if peak flow below 220 phone 999
Don’t quite understand why it says 220
I was just thinking that about 220 that is soooo low!’
your peak flows are exactly like mine. I’ve had a bad asthma attack where couldn’t talk or walk and my peak flow was 420.
Don’t know about you but I think I’d be dead if mine was 220! Could it be an error??
Perhaps I remember running up the road and I was pure laying against wall coughing like hell. Didn’t have my inhaler with me at time. Ended up phoning 111 that night. Same problem. Wanted me to drive down to Dundee. Oh yeah with what? I’m still on a provisional and my car just sits outside grr lol. What severity of asthma do you have?
Asthma UK's advice is never to go solely on peak flow so although people should have plans linked to their own peak flows (so someone else's "low" might not be that low for others) and symptoms and treatments, symptoms should be the main focus for seeking treatment. So if you can't walk or talk you seek urgent help regardless of your peak flow!
Had to use wasp killer today probably didn’t help
No sprays can be terrible can’t they.
I have no idea what my asthma is. I was fine all my life never had anything then last November aged 39 I became more and more breathless and went to the doctor. They did peak flows, I was really unwel had course of steroids, put on clenil which wasn’t enough they upped it to 8 puffs a day still not enough. Then went onto all medications I’m on now. Took ages to settle the. I did for 5 weeks, but now been bad again for 4 weeks.
Doctor thinks it’long-Covid induced asthma which was left and got worse over a year. I’m seeing respiratory clinic in June.
I swear I had COVID in December 2019 but feel crazy saying it. I was on clenil as a kid. That was crap 😂😂
There’s a very good chance you had it December 19. We had it in our work place February 16th 2020. My friend has it in her work place in December /January 2020.
I just remember having to constantly cough up crap just to breath a bit
I was just thinking how well you did to fight that off given your asthma! Have you found you’re breathlessness has been worse since? My friend had life long asthma at the time of getting Covid and she has to have montelicast tablet as was coughing in the night for months after
Tbh before that I can’t remember having a problem. It really is a great tablet. I was on Kelhale when I had that attack. I was on the priority list for jab but not the shielding list. 💁 I cannot carry heavy bags to save my life though. What caused you to actually seek help?
I realised I’d had a daily cough for over a year, and breathlessness bad when going up the stairs which was unusual. I had my first ever asthma attack triggered by dust- coughing and breathless and had to use my sons inhaler - used it by instinct and it helped! I thought this was very strange so went to the doctor, within two weeks of them monitoring my peak flow I was having asthma attacks every day. That’s when they gave me predinosone. Felt so much better on this then came off and went back to daily attacks. I don’t know about the vaccines either I have had two Pfizer’s (through work) and my family have had Oxford.
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