Hello, everyone. I'm sorry I haven't been around lately. I am fixing some of my grades in college and midterms are coming up soon. I'm sorry to vent like this, but today I'm resting because last night I had a very intense asthma attack. 🙁
Usually, when I have attacks, I cough more than usual and I start wheezing along with some chest tightness and decreased lung capacity, and during these I just take my inhaler or nebulizer and sometimes caffeine and I'm usually ok afterwards.
However, this time, my breathing started to get a lot more shallow and I was wheezing more, having to inhale a lot more just to get some oxygen in. My lungs themselves were decreasing in capacity and my chest was really tight while my throat closed up from time to time. I was scared when my inhalers didn't work this time, but after a while with the nebulizer, I could open up my lungs, but my chest was still very tight and my throat was still clogged, so I ended up using salt water and was eventually coughing up mucus. My chest was still in a lot of pain, so I just took my Singulair and when I felt safe enough to, I fell asleep. I was with my family, but I am the only one with asthma in my household, so I just took everything, my inhalers, my nebulizer (it was a little bit more than the prescribed dose, but I ended up needing more of it that night), the Singulair, another dose of allergy medicine, and caffeine.
When I was first diagnosed with asthma, the doctors simply assumed it was mild, though I was untreated for 15 years. Then it turned out I needed my inhalers daily, so they considered it moderate. However, my friends who also has asthma, is with me more often, and has seen me have numerous asthma attacks from doing the simplest activities like standing, laughing, talking too loudly, and participating in almost any form of exercise no matter how light, suspect that mine might be severe. I'm not sure about the severity of my asthma, as I have only needed to go to the hospital once (thank goodness I didn't have to this time), and now I'm prescribed to take my nebulizer three times a day instead of as needed like most asthmatics I know. I don't know the severity of my own asthma, but we think my lungs have been very badly damaged for the 15 years I went undiagnosed and untreated. We haven't measured for severity at the pulmonologist yet since I am a new patient, but I could ask about that during my next appointment scheduled for the 25th.
Yesterday, it's definitely allergies that triggered my asthma attack. Despite taking all of my allergy medicine, I still had a really runny nose and was sneezing nonstop, and it got worse in the afternoon and the evening when the mucus started to clog my throat and I was wheezing all day. I'm doing a lot better than last night though it did take a toll on me and I have stayed in bed all day today. My voice is finally starting to come back, my lower airways are open and my throat is mostly open now. My chest is starting to feel better.
I just want to thank you for always being there for me on this site, I found Asthma.net during a tough time in my life and am very grateful for all of your support. <3