attack of the century

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 11/1/2006 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  it's been quite a while since i've posted but i have just had the worst experience of my life (and i've had some pretty bad ones). anyway, my asthma has been under control for the past couple of months and i've only had to use my rescue inhaler maybe once or twice a week.   but about two weeks ago i got what i thought was a really bad cold.  for some reason my asthma went out of CRAZY.  everything would cause it to flare-up. 
i live on the second floor of my dorm (i'm in college) and one day by the time i was halfway up the stairs i was literally GASPING for breath (which I knew was bad b/c i'm in very good shape).  i used my rescue inhaler and my nebulizer, neither of which worked.  i started to panic (which made it worse) and my roommate called 911.  it took them 30 mins to get to my dorm (i'm told there was a back-up).  by the time they arrived i was hardly moving any air and trying not to pass out from fatigue (by this time it had been an hour since the start of the attack). 
when i got to the hosp. one of the doctors gave me too much adrenaline which sent me into cardiac arrest ( i also have a heart condition).  Needless to say I was in the hospital for more than a week trying to get both my asthma and heart stabalized. it turns out i had pneumonia.  Im now in prednisone and a million other things. 
im still really wheezy and i feel like i can't get enough sleep.  i know im just need to relax but im anious that i'll have another attack.  i felt like i was finally getting everything under control and now this.  i know it sounds a little vain but i don't want to gain weight like i did last time i was on steroids.  that's hard being in school
i just wanted to know if anyone else has had those worries after a severe attack.
thanks for letting me vent everyone

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 240
   Posted 11/2/2006 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
That must've been very scary!  I don't have typical asthma (just shortness of breath), but my mother does. I'm just wondering, since your inhaler didn't work, could your heart condition symptoms actually be misdiagnosed asthma? Also, have you been tested for food allergies? 

elder power
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 11/2/2006 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Jazz,
What a horryfying experience. Try to find a really good pulmonary MD that you can call when you get the first symptom. I know that you will heal and then you can take action to find the most helpfulMD who can get you thru this without first almost killing you.
I too am sensitive to adrenaline and without a heart problem would most likely have gone into cardiac arrest if someoneadministered too large a dose.

I truly believe we have to be very pro active with our own health ,research and find the best and least toxic way to manage your breathing.Prednisone orally has many problems.

All the best and hugs yeah
Elder Power,
Breath Power

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 11/2/2006 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jazz,

What a terrible experience - I hope that you are beginning to get on top of things now.  I hope that you never have to go through such a scary time again.

 I suffered pneumonia in May of this year and have lost control of my asthma completely.  To be honest, I do get depressed about the weight gain at times with steroids, but there is really no option if we want to breathe!


Take care - there will be time for dieting once you are back in better health.

luv Linda
current asthma meds:
  • salbutamol 5mg by nebuliser when needed
  • bricanyl inhaler as needed
  • atrovent, two puffs three times daily
  • symbicort 200/6, three puffs twice daily
  • uniphyllin 300mg twice daily
  • singulair 10mg once daily
  • visclair two tabs three times daily

other meds:

  • cocodamol 30/500 for pain (alternating with co-dydramol)
  • citalopram 20mg for depression

New Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 11/2/2006 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   

thanks everyone for your encouragement.  i have been to see a pulmonologist and a cardiologist in this area.  they are working together to help keep my asthma and long qt syndrome under control. Long qt causes arrhythmias and fainting.  im on a 24-hour holter moitor which will help monitor my heart's reaction to my new asthma meds and beta-blockers.

i am starting to feel a little better.  im still having a LOT of shortness of breath and continuous wheezing but nothing compared to last week. i can talk in complete sentences now, BIG improvement.  im just ready to take a nice, big, long, uninhibited, DEEP breath.  im also not feeling as many heart palpitations or arrhythmias as before, a sign that my heart can take the meds.

im feling better about the whole situation too.  im just trying not to stress about school.  i've already missed 2 and a half weeks and it doesn't look like i'll be able to go back to classes for at least another week or two. My teachers are being very understanding and Lord knows i don't need anymore stress.  At least i have LOTS of time to do homework and study.

Thanks again for you continued suppport.




Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 178
   Posted 11/2/2006 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Jazz,
     Sorry, to hear about your scare. That can definetly be scary having an severe attack. And having a heart condition also. No wonder you get double worried. Anyhow, sounds like you handled it well though. I had a similiar situation with my asthma last winter. Started out with bad cough. Couldn't talk cause I wouldn't stop coughing. Shortness of breath and wheezing and chest discomfort. And I threw up alot of mucous sorry if I am being gross. When I went to the hospital they also said I had pneumonia too, but also an asthma attack.
Are things getting better now though?? are you on good medications? I am on Advair 500/50, and albuterol inhaler as needed. Nasonex 2 sprays once daily in nose. My asthma, is under good control at the moment. I had a medium flare about a month ago. I was put on a 7 day prednisone treatment and that finally got my asthma under better control. The winter and fall time is not a good time for my asthma. And I know others have a bad time with there's in fall  and winter also. My son, and husband both have asthma also.. You, should get a flu and pneumonia shot if you have  not already it does help. Anyhow, welcome I am glad you did some sharing. Nice hearing from you. I am fairly new myself. Stay well.. Take care.
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