It sounds like me, but I have had asthma since 1997. And when I have a flare when I have a resp. infection, I can also have periods of time when I feel like I have lost the INSTINCT to breath, like I have to remind my brain to take in a breath, and then I KNOW I need more prednisone asap. And that fear I won't take another breath, often at night when I am usually the lousiest, is often associated with my worse neuro symptoms, rt. sided ear and head pain, my left leg is numb and won't pick up rt, and I stumble, my vision is not helped by my glasses, and rarely, but scarily, I have trouble swallowing. In fact, my shortness of breath is what took me to the ED and now I always have a prn prescription for 20mg prednisone tablets in addition to my 5mg daily dose. You should let your dr. know asap and be alert for any sign of a fever. You wouldn't want to be brewing an infection.