I have asthma and it isn't incredibly well controlled at the moment (pf 300-350). I'm also having quite a lot of stress at work at the moment - I'm a social worker - and find myself worrying a lot about work issues most of the time. My asthma is quite symptomatic a lot of days - wheezy/short of breath but generally my asthma control has improved over the last six months.
For the last few nights I've been waking up short of breath, tight chest, unable to regulate my breathing pattern for around half an hour and assumed it was asthma. But at the same time I am also having very panicked thoughts about work. So I wondered if it is actually anxiety (I've never really had anxiety attacks before). I've been doing breathing exercises taught by a chest physio and that helps too after a while.
How do you tell the difference?