I have only had a panic attack once in my whole life and that was many many years ago. The memory is still vivid and his was a decade before my initial diagnosis of asthma.
On Monday night I had an asthma attack just after I gone to bed. I had had a tight chest 7 hours before which I treated with 4 puffs of ventolin. The tightness had responsed to it and had gone away.
On the Monday night the tightness had come on slowly and I sat calmly in bed trying to analyse what was going on.
I did my ventolin up to 10 puffs and it was still there. Consquencely I followed my asthma plan to the T.
Being in the middle of the countryside I decided an ambulance was required I knew where to take myself to be looked at but that was 30 min drive away and I was the driver.
I call 999 and a family friend as ambulance was going to be up to 4 hours with more life emergencies.
I wasn't breathless but still had tight chest and a irritation to my throat plus small cough.
The ambulance crew did come in 30 mins by that point I still had tightness to my chest and had 4 more puffs,
I checked out fine except blood pressure was a bit high something that happened twice in an ambulance. I had checked out at doctors. I am going to do it again next week when I see a GP who wants to see me. As this attack was on prednisolone and reducing dose (25mg).
I was under some strain with my dad in hospital but also was staying at my parents in a very dusty atmosphere. (house dust mite allergy confirmed).
The upshot was the paramedic asking if it could be a panic attack instead?