I've just come on here tonight after a scary incident this morning.
I don't have asthma - well, I didn't think I had.
I had quite a bad chest infection back in February which took a while to clear up and even after it had gone, I suddenly found that things irritated my chest far more so than ever before. For instance sitting outside in a restaurant, where all the smokers now go, makes me wheeze and I usually have to leave.
I keep fit and run regularly. Usually about 40 miles a week.
This morning I was on my long run - 15 miles. For long runs I run at a very slow pace - so that I don't even feel out of breath. I must confess, i feel quite stressed at the moment about something, but decided conqerring my 15 miles this morning would make me feel better.
All was going well for the first 7 miles, then suddenly I started to struggle. So much so, I quit at 8 miles. Just didn't seem to have any fight in me. But then I realised it was just a mind thing - physically I wasn't tired, so I then decided to get on with it and run the last 7 miles. All a sudden, at the 10 mile mark, I couldn't breathe. I managed to stop the treadmill and crawl off. It felt like a belt was tightening over my chest and like I was trying to breathe through a small straw. I was wheezing very noisily and starting to panic. Even in that state, although I was really scared, my head was telling me that I must be having an asthma attack. My husband, who is a school teacher and sees a lot of attacks, was also in no doubt, although neither of us knew what to do about it. Gradually I managed to calm myself down and breathing returned to normal after 10 minutes.
With it being bank holiday weekend, I can't get to a doctor until Tuesday at the earliest. I won't run again before then. But now I'm starting to worry myself again. Will it happen again? And the more I think about, I worry about other things that have happened lately. I've had lots of pins and needles and also have felt fatigued and lethargic over the last couple of months.
What ever it was, I feel as though stress brought on the attack this morning. I was feeling particularly upset about something and was trying to run off my frustration.
In one way I'm worried I might be wasting a GPs time but in another I'm worried I might have a worse attack.
Any advice anyone?