I'm a 51 year old otherwise fit and healthy woman who's very active. I've been struggling with sudden shortness of breath for a whole month now. My breathlessness as got s bad and lasted so long that I've become so tired and just felt like giving up. I wanted to die because that's how it made me feel. I've had a lung function test and it was more or less Perfect with my lung age being 2 years older than my real age but I was prescribed a steroid inhaler because my breathing was so bad. I actually noticed the difference after 1 dose!! That's how bad my breathlessness has been. So this suggests adult onset asthma.
Anyway I went to A&E several times before I was prescribed an inhaler because of my chronic shortness of breath and they turned me away everytime. Not one blood test or assessment was done! They go on a pulse ox reading and a bp reading and if you pass these, you basically don't qualify for a second look. My pulse ox was perfect everytime apart from a high pulse. Every bit of information I've read tells you to go on your symptoms and not a piece of equipment stuck on your finger. People compensate for their shortness of breath by overbreathing which raises the oxygen level. It doesn't mean they're ok! I am disgusted how I was treated and made out to be a hypochondriac and told my symptoms were down the anxiety. They like to use the anxiety card for nearly everything. I nearly collapsed at one point. All they had to do was a simple blood test to measure the oxygen in my blood. I just hope no one else as to go through this and made to feel like they're wasting the NHS's time. No faith left in our health service at all!