Hello, I had a very bad day yesterday and called my out of hours doctor who called an ambulance. I had great difficulty in taking a deep breath, my normal breathing was very shallow. I have Secondary Sjogren's syndrome and usually have a dry mouth and eye's. My nose has been very dry and used a nasal spray to help, it didn't matter how much water I drank I still remained very dry. I had an MRI last week and had a panic attack as the scanner was very small, plus they had cold air blowing directly into my face, above my nose and mouth and it took my breathe away, and that was that, I had to get out. I don't think they will ever get me to have another MRI although I went in feet first once I had calmed down, It has caused panic attacks several times since. I don't usually suffer from them even though I am closterfobic, as long as I close my eyes before entering the scanner I am ok.
My GP increased the Morphine from 20mg to 30mg morning and night, two weeks ago, the doctor at the hospital felt that could have caused the problem, advising me to take a lower dose. It was very frightening finding it so difficult to swallow or breathe. The doctor arranged for a nebulizer whilst in the A&E, I think that helped somewhat, I had difficulty again keeping the mask over my nose and mouth.
I am curious to know if anyone else has experienced the above or similar and what do you do to help ease the problem. I should mention that I am on anti-tnf for some time now without any problem. The Morphine is to help with the RA pain but also a prolapse disc which is why I had the MRI.
All the best to everyone who suffers with RA and especially those who are having to live with the terrible weather we are having in the UK. God bless everyone. x