severe asthma- how does it feel?

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/3/2010 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I am 37 and have suffered from alleregy induced asthma since 10.  Ever since I had a partial pneumothorax about 4 years ago, I have had short instances of what I can only describe as stutter breaths.  It's not what I would call "shortness of breath", but short moments when I feel like the air is going in and out very quickly without my being able to control it.  There is no wheezing at anytime, but chest pain does accompany the problem.  Tonight I was terrified when this stuttering happened for the longest period of time to date.  An allergist described my asthma years ago as affecting the secondary airways.  Is this what severe asthma feels like?  I am very alarmed and am not sure if I should go directly to the docotor tomorrow or if this is something that people just deal with...  I do have gerd ass well and know that is a trigger for asthma.  I'm not sure if that would necessarily increase the severity of attacks.
Any comments on similar feelings and what you do to combat them are welcomed.  I took my inhaler, but I was short of breath for a long time after the incident.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 10/4/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, gerd can make asthma worse.
If your quick acting inhaler is not working you need to get on a maintaince drug.
See your doctor ASAP.
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