In my head I was convinced I don’t have asthma attacks, I have flares – my own words / opinion. I’m now not entirely sure my assumption was correct :-\
Is it only an asthma ‘attack’ if it’s bad enough to land you in hospital or at least needing external medical help?
Does my ‘episode’ today sound like an attack rather than a flare?
I went to my tap dancing lesson this afternoon and used my inhaler before I started – as usual. Within about 10 minutes I felt my chest tightening but Little Miss Stubborn took over and I carried on for about another 5 minutes before actually stopping to take my inhaler. It gave me *some* relief but not as complete as it usually does. I carried on dancing but we were doing mainly technical, not elevated so I thought I’d be ok. After another 10-15 minutes I realised I should really use my inhaler again (VERY rare for me to need it more than once). Once I’d stopped and I was on my way home my coughing actually got worse which is not unusual for my pattern of asthma.
It took another 30-45 minutes for me to feel properly ok and even now, over 3 hours later my lungs / airways feel ever so slightly twitchy.
At no point during this did I feel it wouldn’t resolve eventually with my inhaler.