I'm new to this and feeling pretty miserable right now. I got diagnosed with exercise induced asthma as a teenager, but it doesn't typically give me much trouble (now in my mid-twenties). 5+ weeks ago, I got a cough that seemed to be a cold. But the cough just wouldn't go away. After about 3 weeks (which included my boss threatening to drag me to the doctor if I didn't go myself), I went to urgent care. But the time I walked there from my office, I could barely breathe (hyperventilating, I think, but I don't remember it well) and they immediately sent me to the ER. I was given a nebulizer, told I had a clear chest xray and probably had bronchitis, then sent home with antibiotics and told to take a cough suppressant.
I had a follow up at the clinic a week later, cough still no better. The doctor decided the problem was likely bronchitis exacerbating asthma. I was about 75% peak flow for my age/height, but didn't have any wheezing. I got a prescription for inhaled steroids and told to use the albuterol when the coughing got bad.
At this point, it's been another week. I'm constantly tired because I'm not getting a full night's sleep. (I don't cough when I'm laying down, but I wake up in the middle of the night a lot of don't feel rested in the morning.) I've had limited appetite for the past 2-3 weeks so I've lost at least 8 pounds. And the coughing only seems marginally better, even with regular use of the albuterol.
Inhaled steroids are supposed to take awhile to work, right? Any chance they'll likely stop this cough soon? (It's been 9 days.) Am I likely still dealing with the bronchitis on top of asthma, or am I past the infection now? What if the doctor was wrong about either the bronchitis or the asthma?
This is a rant, but I feel pretty uncertain and isolated with all these and don't know who to talk to with experience. I'm considering setting up another follow up appointment, but I don't know if I just need to wait it out at this point.