Hi all, I am new, just joined today. I am still waiting for pulmonary specialists to call for an appointment to verify that I have hypersensitivity pneumontits. The doctor gave me a loose diagnosis of "asthma." I have two inhalers now, one is for a 1 month treatment, and the other is a "rescue inhaler." I just got the rescue inhaler today, and thank the gods for that because this evening I had what I guess was my first asthma attack? I lost the ability to inhale, my lungs just wouldn't expand at all. It was terrifying!
On top of this new development of asthma, I have been long-term diagnosed with panic disorder. This means that I have seemingly random panic attacks- adrenaline rush, rapid heart-beat, total fight-or-flight reflex. Well my asthma attack(?) triggered a panic attack. I lost both the ability to breath and the ability to communicate (I lose motor and verbal control during panic attacks). Thankfully a mixture of the rescue inhaler and my cat helped and after a while I was able to breath and calm down.
The issue is that I have no idea what triggered the asthma attack(?). I was just sitting on the couch in a comfortable position, watching a non-exciting but enjoyable tv show when I noticed my chest hurt and my lungs felt "tight." Things rapidly escalated from there. It felt bad enough that I wanted to ask my family to call the ambulance, but I couldn't verbalize this at all.
I already have a hard time coping with the panic disorder, so now knowing I have to worry about both of these things is incredibly daunting. Hopefully the pulmonary specialists can help more. The ambulance takes a good 1/2 hour to get out to where I live, so I'd like to try to avoid this situation again
I am going to be home alone for a week right after the holidays, so now I am freaking out because I have no clue how I'm going to, well, survive!
So I guess I'm wondering if anyone else has this issue of asthma attacks and panic attacks happening at the same time?
Sorry for the wall of text!
M. Mustela / Arik