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asthma attack?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 2, 2009
  • 06:23 PM

Hi there,
I'm very confused about my symptoms. I thought it was asthma related but now im not so sure. Anyways here what happened, any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

I started feeling wheezy yesterday all day and in the evening I felt more and more tired. I eventually felt so tired I could not move and my breathing became shallow, there was only wheezyness when I breathed in deep and out. I felt very very weak and I could barely talk, I was barely coughing. When I did cough, I coughed up mucus which I still have now. I had no chest pains which I usually don't get with my attacks. When I managed to breath in deeper breaths I felt dizzy and spaced out. My boyfriend persisted that I visit the emergency room and I wasn't in a position to fight him (I don't go to the emergency room unless im practically dying, I live in Canada). As I arrived the nurse told me that I didn't look out of breath and proceeded to take my pulse which was around 80s and my oxygen saturation which was 100...what do you know? He sent me back to my seat after that. Since the average wait time was 2 and a half hours and I had an important exam today, I had to leave. I know this wasn't in my head and the worst feeling is not to be believed. After I left I started to cough alot again once I reached the cold air which agrivates everything. I had a slight headache afterwards but nothing major compared to my normal attacks.
Was it asthma? I'm so confused. My chest is still wheezy today and I'm coughing alot. I feel tired but not feverish.
I would really appreciate anyones input
Thanks,

Andrea

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  • i had a relative who had something simillar, whooping cough, asthma and maybe headaches. we came to a conclusion that its Pertussis, or whooping cough. its effects can vary and you should get checked out. when you change air temperature or air, the infection makes you cough so much you cant breath, or if you laugh so much (literally) you start coughing and loose breathing.
    LGS808 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • I take it you have history of asthma? do you have inhalers such as ventolin and if so did you use them without them giving you much relief?a simple upper respiratory tract infection which causes phlegm, cough etc can exacerbate your asthma, causing the symptoms you described.taking deep breaths can send us all dizzy! the shallow breathing is like hyperventilating which can make you feel quite panicky.I'm from the uk so I'm not familiar with your medical practices in Canada but an appointment with your gp/practice nurse for simple airway tests i.e a peak flow monitoring would be a good indication of any airways problems. I hope your exam went well!
    Bluerabbit 14 Replies Flag this Response
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