hi everybody, i am new to this forum but have had asthma since i suffered a pulmonary embolism aged 40 ( now 47). until the last 7 months the asthma has been under control but i suffered an attack in september which resulted in a visit to A & E , where i was given 2 neubs and steroid. This attack really floored me and it has taken me 3 months to feel as well as i did before. 3weeks ago i started to cough whenevre i exerted myself and this coughing increased until i relented and went to asthma nurse( i'm stubborn). as my chest was clear i was given pred at 30mg a day. 4 days later the coughing had eased but the chest tightness was immense and i had a real severe chest pain on tuesday night which eased after a couple hours. wed stared off ok but the tightness increased and by lunchtime i felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. At 3pm i had chest pains and my arm was burning all the way down, i was sweating and breathless. SO i called the doctors but it was closed and i was transferred to the night docs, the receptionist kept asking me loads of questions but i couldn't say much so i put fone down., the nurse called me back and i said i would call hubby to take me up to them. next minute 2 ambulances turned up my door. after 3 hours in a A & E and all the tests they said i had just strained my chest muscles with coughing, So today i still have a chest tightness and breathless on exertion, and i feel really stupid about wasting all the professionals time.