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Has anyone else been in this situation? Whilst travelling back from a conference i had an asthma attack i was extremely nauseated and wanted to get sick

one of the group members said to me that i was having a panic attack

the personnell at the departure gates asked me was i afraid of flying?

i took two puffs on my ventoin inhaler but it didnt seem to have any effect

I also took a motilium for the naused with no effect

it took about 12 hours for it to settle down any suggestions as to how i might have handled it differently as i felt just awful

another issue was i had asked the group i was going with could i have my husband accompany me as a carer but the answer i got was did i not realize it was a womens group that i was going with, so i felt discriminated against when you have an invisible condition like asthma its hard enough dealing with the flare ups but dealing with ignorant people is something else!!!!


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Speaking from my own experience, the whole 'it's a panic attack' thing is probably what annoys me the most about being asthmatic. I had a pretty bad attack last month, which began whilst I was at work. I work in a nursing home alongside qualified nurses, when I had my attack one nurse was heard to say that there was nothing wrong with me and that she thought I was 'milking it'.

Needliess to say she felt pretty guilty over the following week whilst I was pretty ill, thanks to the other staff reminding her all week, but those comments made me so angry when I found out what she'd said.

I've even had people shouting at me whilst I'm in the middle of an attack, because the first aid thingy for panic attacks is to be firm with the patient, but it's completely the opposite for asthmatics. I'd like to say that people mean well, but it really isn't helpful at all!


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