Hi to everyone who posts here, I am looking to hear from others coping with difficult asthma. I am a 48 year old who grew out of childhood asthma, then having been previously very healthy I caught whooping cough 4 years ago. 4 months of severe illness followed by my asthma returning with frequent bouts of bronchitis, trips to resus now progressing to difficult asthma despite being on the max dose of Symbicort 400, Montelukast and regular use of the drug I love to hate Prednisolone! (my husband says it keeps me alive so I know I have to just suck it up...but hey the side effects are truly pants!) I have high blood pressure controlled by 3 meds plus osteopina from the steroids. I have to be on regular antibiotics (doxycycline) for every cough and cold and am having penicillin challenge testing to see if I am still allergic as this is few left I can take for chest infections. I am looked after really well at The Brompton but this winter I've noticed my asthma has been much more unstable even on Pred. My consultant is brilliant, always contactable by email, sees me at short notice and is seeing me again in 3 weeks. He is hoping it is a blip...I am not so sure?? Any support/thoughts/experiences would be most welcome...you all seem a great group. Also does anyone get a strange feeling come over them when they are coming down with something where suddenly you feel like a sledgehammer has hit you...I always then get an asthma attack...not sure why?