Hi I have posted a couple of times about my rather vague diagnosis - namely lupus (for which I take prednisolone and mycophenolate), small airway narrowing (Bronchiolitis), and restrictive lung disease (weak respiratory muscles). I have repeated bouts of pleuritic pain and 2 areas of tree-in-bud (on HRCT) but no one is worried about these. I started on a trial in 2014 on Flutiform and Eklira which helped but I felt I had greater benefit from the Eklira despite finding it horrible to use. In 2015, I started on Anoro with good results although not great impact on my PEF. My notes state that the presence of asthma has never been established. During the past few weeks, I have had an increase in shortness of breath (PEF remains unchanged) and a persistent dry cough. My regular blood tests show no anemia and my WBC is low as usual at 2.8 so no obvious infection. I reached for my old Flutiform inhaler and things have quickly improved - does this point towards a possibility of asthma after all? Are there any other conditions that would respond to a steroid inhaler in this way? If I go to my GP when the flutiform runs out, she will send me straight to my consultant which I don't think is necessary and I don't seem to qualify for the Asthma/respiratory nurse so I'm hoping the HU experts can give me some advice.
Any thoughts would be gratefully received. Thanks. Clare