I was in A&E today with a really bad Asthma attack. No wheezing, clear chest but really struggling for breath, headache, anxiety, fatigue and the confusion that accompanies an attack.
However, my oxygen levels were fine & without the wheezing the doctor refused to accept that I was having an attack. A long discussion followed, and I was fairly blunt about his patronising attitude and refused to leave, he finally relented and gave me the desperately needed steroids.
However, I'm perplexed as to why don't they check the carbon dioxide levels?
From what I understand the oxygen levels would be fine but it's the CO2 levels that build up in the blood leading to respiratory acidosis. I understand that the latter can be treated through ventilation to help lower CO2 levels and with steriods for the inflammation. It's really frustrating that doctors are refusing to accept breathing problems without signs of wheezing, and also refusing to check CO2 levels.