I'm new here and don't normally do this but we just don't know what to do. My husband has had a persistent cough and breathlessness for about five years now. He has seen many consultants and had many tests, we have drawers full of tablets which he's tried and haven't helped. The inhalers don't seem to help much, if at all. The only thing which helps is a course of the tablet steroid (prednisolone?) but even that doesn't get rid of the cough anymore and whereas the effects used to last for a couple of months after he'd finished the course, now it's not even a couple of weeks. He was diagnosed with asthma and that remains the diagnosis, as originally he developed eczema at the same time. We rang Asthma Uk who were very helpful and we followed their advice (to check that he was using the inhalers properly, which he now is) and to take vitamin D. He gets very depressed as we used to walk miles with the dogs on holiday - he can't do that any more as he struggles to breathe if we are not walking on the flat. He hates taking steroids but they do make him feel better, even if they don't help the cough any more. He can't sleep because of the cough but i am trying to get something to raise his upper body so that should help. I don't know what else we can do. All these consultants, tablets and tests must have cost a fortune but nothing has really helped. He has been referred to the difficult asthma clinic so now he is going through all the tests again. I would be so grateful if someone could suggest something that might help him - it's awful seeing him like this. Thank you. Jenny
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