On Saturday I had a really bad asthma attack. I’ve had a couple before that I thought were bad but with each one it seems to get worse. Although, thankfully they’re pretty spread apart.
On Saturday I couldn’t breathe. My chest was really tight. I took 19 puffs of salbutamol, was taken out of my work for fresh air and an ambulance was called. This all took place within 45 minutes.
When the paramedics arrived they commented on how quiet I was. One said most asthmatics having an attack are loudly gasping for breath. This is not the first time I’ve heard someone say this (a woman I used to work with commented that I couldn’t have ‘real’ asthma as I wasn’t as loud as her granddaughter). I had a nebuliser (for the first time) and felt significantly better quickly. The paramedics also commented that I had no wheeze (I have never had a wheeze). Although the tightness in my chest had eased it hadn’t quite gone away. The paramedics took me to be seen at A&E, and the doctor at A&E checked my peak flow, commented it was ‘normal’ and told me to just go home, and come back tosee an out of hours GP who prescribed pred.
Is this normal? Is anyone else quite quiet during an attack? With a quiet chest??