Hi everyone, I'm new to this site, but i've found it really reassuring reading some posts so i thought i might see if you can help me with something. I was diagnosed with asthma i think 8 years ago now when i got bad bronchitis (i'm 31 now). I've been taking budesonide - 1 puff morning and night since then and have had to use the reliever very rarely. My asthma's been well managed for years and i'd never actually had what i'd term a sudden 'attack' ever - till last night. My episodes were always of wheezing related to having a cold, or my pollen allergies and i'd only take my blue inhaler to kind of help that. But yesterday - having felt fine recently (no wheezing, nothing, i don't have a cold and the pollen count is low) - sitting on a terrace in a bar i felt something tickling my throat. I mentioned it to my friend but tried to keep talking, but then suddenly i could tell i wasn't going to be able to breathe. And i got my inhaler and in the first puff in i could barely take anything in. I slowly got OK after 2 puffs, but i was really panicked as this never happens to me and (as you all obviously know) being unable to breathe is horrible. I just feel worried - as I don't get why this happened. It seemed so out of the blue. Once I had calmed down i noticed there were several people smoking around me - so that could have been the trigger. But I'm around smokers a lot (i live in Spain so a lot of evenings drinking beers outside with friends' smoking) and it's literally never bothered me before. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
I feel very tired today, and i had felt tired yesterday before it happened. But my peak flow is normal for me (350-400) and i'm not wheezy. I can'0t tell whether my chest is tight or it's that i'm overthinking... as before this happened yesterday i wasn't aware of anything. I've taken an extra puff of budesonide in the afternoon to see if that helps and as a preventative measure. Because as it was sudden, i do feel quite anxious and scared now that it couild just suddenly happen again. Any thoughts? I'm not sure what to think - has my asthma suddenly got more severe?