Hi there everyone,
I'm new to the board and I'm glad I found people who have asthma like me. about
a decade ago, I'd have such a hard time breathing that I rushed to the ER a couple of times to see what was wrong with me. Both times, the ER claimed I was stressed. I was baffled, because life was going pretty good at those times. It wasn't until I went to an allergy doctor that he diagnosed me with severe asthma. The breathing test was performed on me and my breathing capacity was so low, he immediately administered a shot of prednisone right above my butt. Then the test was done again and my breathing was much better.
Well, to make a long story short... (I'm trying!)...For the past decade I have had a few attacks here and there, but I have managed ok. Presently, I do not have any heallth insurance and I moved in with my boyfriend a few months ago. He has a Pitbull and I have never had such a hard time in my life trying to breathe. I tried to get into a free/low cost asthma clinic here in Los Angeles, but was turned away because they said they have an overload of asthmatics there. I have also........(deleted), because I am seriously worried that I might die this time. Here are my symptoms:
*My regular breathing is labored and has a constant wheeze to it.
*I've had a chronic cough for about
4 months now.
*I constantly cough up clear mucous.
*I am tired and want to sleep all of the time.
*I have little or no energy to exercise, which is odd, I've always been an active person.
*I have had 2 episodes within the past 2 months that I stayed up through the nights literally gasping for air. I am really trying not to freak myself out, but when I have taken my pulse during these episodes, it has felt faint, not strong like it usually is. And I would sit there in and out of falling asleep.
*I am afraid to go to the hospital due to the fact it will probably cost me thousands, and they won't do anything.
What I'd like to know is- am I living in danger that I could go into cardiac arrest? I really don't know how serious this is I guess, I am pretty optimistic for the most part and have a hard time believing that I could die from this.
Perhaps I am just over-reacting? Thanks so much for any advice, I really appreciate it!
Post Edited (littlered) : 12/3/2005 3:45:21 PM (GMT-7)