I had another attack this morning, but this time it was different in that I was struggling to take my reliever. I don't get on with MDI's (spray type) and have a dry powder inhaler (Ventolin accuhaler) and trying to slow my breathing down enough to to inhale and then hold my breath made me feel like I was going to pass out (but if I went back to the rapid shallow breathing my body wanted the feeling passed). Eventually after many failed attempts I got enough reliever into me to ease things enough to take some decent puffs and things improved fairly quickly from there. I don't think it was panic, I'm always remarkably calm during an attack -must be survival instinct or something.
Anyway, does anyone else get this feeling? Could it have been lack of oxygen? Also I'm pretty confident that things would have improved much more quickly tidal breathing with a MDI and spacer, except that the propellants in MDI's make me worse which is why I have the dry powder inhaler. Does anyone else have similar problems? Can anyone offer any advice?