I was diagnosed COPD 10 years ago and I am 67 years old. I have run the gambit of viruses and exacerbations using a variety of steroid and antibiotic remedy in thoe year. Slowly my condition has deteriorated. I completed one Pulminory Rehab 4 years ago and begin another next week. During the last three weeks I have suffered a particularly nasty Bronchitis and I have been experiencing something to me very frightening. Twice in a shower and couple of times out and about in the high street I become aware that I cannot breath other than in short gasps. Regardless of what I am telling myslef about keeping calm I go into panic mode. Or at least I freeze and I am unable to move except to stand holding on to anything nearby and shake violently. The other night my wife called 111 for help and advice. I turn into a terrified little child convinced I am being suffocated. I have experienced such attacks in the past but not sofrequently nor so violent.
Does anyone else suffer like this and has anyone any ideas ho to handle them better than I do.