I have recently been diagnosed with asthma only about 2 weeks ago at age 39. It all started just about a month and half ago....I was sitting on the sofa watching tv when all of a sudden i couldnt get a full breath this only lasted a coulpe of seconds but it terrified me. The next day it did it again very short in duration. then a couple of days later it hit me hard and i was fighting to suck anough air in. I got a taxi to AE and they put me on a heart monitor all night incase it was a suspected heart attack. They told me my heart was fine but i asked why im struggling to breath still so they game me an xray and took blood from my wrist to check oxygen levels...all fine. They listened to my chest and it was clear but still had short breath. they sent me home without ever giving me anything to breath such as nebuliser or an inhaler so i went to my doctors 2 days later. they game me another ECG and said i was fine but when i asked for an inhaler or some help breathing they refused as they said you dont need one! Anyway i swore at the receptionist after being told there is no more appointments so she gave in and eventualy was seen by an advanced nurse who gave my Ventolin inhaler until i could get into see the asthma nurse. i was given clenil 200 aswell two puffs a day and for about 2 weeks it worked i didnt need my blue inhaler. But then i had i (presume an attack) another attack really bad and i was using my blue inhaer up to 20 times and it wasnt helping. i went back to AE as the receptionist gave me a 3 week timescale for an appointment at doctors. At AE i was there 3 half hours and no nebulizer that i was promised in the end i was breathing better by my self although still shallow. I got into the docs next day as asthma nurse was fully booked and doctor changed my base inhaler to seritide 100 from the advise off the asthma nurse. I was out of breath again really bad nothing workin and in the end i was so exhausted from trying to breath i think i fell asleep for a while. I woke up and was a little better but still couldnt fill that last bit of lung up no matter what i tried. Yesterday and today i have been better (maybe the seritide is now starting to kick in) but now and again all of a sudden i cant get that deep breath and i get that most of the time with little bits of respite of full breaths in between. I have a appiontment with the asthma nurse on the 7th so will see how i get on and see whats going on but 2 days ago i thought i was going to die and im not being a drama queen i really felt like any minute im going to stop breathing all together. Its just that after only being diagnosed only two weeks nearly and ive gone up a scale already its scaring me like crazy. I keep thinking its not asthma. If i had a gun by my side the other day i would of shot myself as the feeling of not being able to breath and eventually stopping breathing is too much to handle.
Note: also when im just dropping off to sleep i jerk awake as if im gasping.