June 29, 2010 1:10 PM Subscribe
My mum has been diagnosed with asthma recently, at 63. Last week she had to go into hospital. How serious is this, and how worried should I be?
posted by mippy to Health & Fitness (24 answers total)
She was diagnosed a few weeks ago after a few months of feeling a bit short of breath and her voice disappearing when she gets to the end of the sentence (although that happens to me occcasionally so I didn't worry when she mentioned these). Nothing has changed circumstantially- she has pets, but has had them as long as I've been alive, she lives in the same house a bit away from the road, and although my dad was a heavy smoker (they were married days short of forty years) he died almost four years ago (though things kept in my childhood bedroom, where he didn't stay, still absolutely reek of it.)
Last week she got up and got short of breath, and then felt she couldn't breathe, and had to bang on the window for the neighbour - she says she doesn't know what would have happened if she hadn't been home. She had to get steroids at hospital and was kept in for a bit. Previously, she's walked a short distance to the doctors and had to be given oxygen when she got there. I suppose what I want to know is whether this is something that calms down or whether I should be really worried - I live a few hundred miles away so I can't check up on her, only phone, so it;'s hard ot judge.
She takes her inhaler four times a day - is this also a lot for someone newly diagnosed?