I have had asthma since aged 3 but never caused me a problem till april last year... i couldnt breathe and my oxygen dropped to 90 gp called ambulance... Had a second attack in november, no wheeze oxygen at 100 but hospital brilliant and treated me seriously and was kept in for 2 days... I then had another attack last week and phoned 111 who took 11 hours to ring back! As you can imagine i was getting stressed and took myself to hospital before they could ring back as my chest was so tight. Again no wheeze oxygen at 100 and even though ABGs showed hyperventilation i was treated and diagnosed with acute asthma exacerbation and kept in overnight... The day i came out i actually started wheezing and got really short of breath, phoned 111 who told me to go straight to a n e. Suprise suprise my wheeze went when i got there and oxygen levels fine, only as the nurse saw previous hyperventilation on screen she refused to treat me and told me it was panic.. I had to wait 5 hours to see a trainee dr who said the same thing... I begged for a nebuliser as soon as i had it i was fine!
What is weird is that although my oxygen levels are perfect and even to much on the abg, my lactate level is high which shows not enough oxygen to the tissues...
Is this asthma or just panic as thanks to my last visit its really put me off seeking help..