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Sunday, April 17, 2011 nscangal, Community Member, asks

Q: Can I wait until Monday, or should I seek more urgent care at a walk-in clinic tomorrow?

About two weeks ago, I started to have an asthma flare. As normal, I stepped up treatment according to my plan, but my symptoms just kept getting worse. I went to the doctor, and she put me on a 5-day steroid burst. Today the last day of the burst.


Problem: I'm still feeling about as bad as I was when I started the burst. I've gone through an entire inhaler in 13 days - normally it takes me about three months. I'm coughing, short of breath, waking up several times a night, unable to sleep well, and so on. I feel like the steroid burst has stopped me from getting any worse, but it hasn't helped me get better the way it normally does. I'm also wheezing a lot, which is unusual because I'm normally more of a cough-variant asthmatic.


I know I need more help, but due to past bad experiences, I'm wary of going to a clinic where they don't know me and my asthma. I'd rather see my doctor because I trust her to take care of me.


But, the soonest I can see my doctor is Monday, and I'm not sure if I can wait. What do you think?

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By nscangal, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/17/11, First Published: 04/17/11