I've got breathlessness exacerbation now, tried to phone hospital for a few weeks for respiratory clinic cancellations, there weren't any.
It all started about 6 years ago after a cold, had chronic cough for 4 years and then it was replaced with breathlessness which I've had for 2 years or so - first I felt as I couldn't take deep breaths and then I felt short of breath for most of the time - more after walking but at rest as well.
For the last 2 years I only can go to work , when breathlessness is not too bad, park next to the office and come back home.
I am on seretide 250 mg x 4 a day , tried montelukast, Spiriva, nothing seems to help Salbutamol doesn't help either. Never smoked .Had various lung functions tests, laryngoscopy to check for hyperventilation, echocardiogram and pulmonary CT a while ago , they weren't too bad. My peak flow doesn't vary much either .The only thing they found - high blood eosinophils.
I heard about Unexplained breathlessness service in Royal Brompton but my GP is not willing to refer me there
My Gp always says that if the hospital cannot control my asthma, then he cannot either , so there is no point in going there .
I am not completely sure that I don't have other contributors to my breathlessness apart from asthma but the asthma consultant never advise, who else should I see and Gp is saying - if you already got an asthma diagnosis, why are you looking for anything else.
My asthma diagnosis was mainly established because I have high eosinophils .
I have been taking prednisolone from my emergency pack now for 4 days x 40 mg a day, it does not seem to help either!