Before I start I have not been diagnosed with anything other than asthma. However.....
Two years ago I was a fit 43 year old - running, cycling, kickboxing. Then I noticed I could'nt seem to fill my lungs - it got to the point where I could no longer run.
Doctors said it was asthma - they gave me an inhaler and prednisilone. Unfortunately only oral steroids offer any real relief - the inhalers have little effect. I have regularly been on prednisilone now for two years - I can no longer run and exercise takes so much effort I would sooner avoid it.
In May this year I had sinus surgery to remove polyps and open up my turbinates as I appear to have allergic rhinitis which was fuelling the asthma. I was kept in for three nights because my sats were below 90.My IgE is just over 500. In school I was the kid with the snotty nose.
The last two weeks I have been coughing up green phlegm and running a temperature as well as earache. I had to get more prednisilone out of hours.
I now avoid socialising because people can see I am getting a bit breathless. I am seeing a specialist at Wythenshawe in August and I am back at the asthma clinic tomorrow.
I know quite a few asthmatics- none of them have it like me. They even say "That's not asthma."
My GP's hav'nt been great - they are content to send you on your way with an inhaler.
The fact that whatever this is has debilitated me in such a short period of time makes me believe it is not asthma.