Neil, you have a serious problem that probably nobody on this forum is medically trained sufficiently to speak to you about
since you have been hospitalized at other times for it. If you're going to the hospital in April and May, it sounds as if you may have a grass or tree pollen allergy, probably along with some others that appear when winter is over and dampness appears to be dimnishing.
The best thing I can think of is to ask you to see your doctor right away and get temporary relief. After you are calmed, try to see an allergy specialist and be tested for whatever it is that you are so allergic to that you are developing severe asthma. Once those problems are determined, you may be put on allergy shots and find yourself feeling remarkably better after several weeks of antigen injections.
Frankly, it sounds to me as if your bronchial tube and/or your lungs may be clamping down somewhat to prevent the allergens from affecting you so badly. Your immune system is trying to help in that way. The clamping down may be the cause of pain.
Very likely you are allergic to something in the home that is part of the problem as well as some atmospheric allergens and even food sensitivities that may be creating problems.
The important thing is to get back to a doctor today or tonight if you are able and be medicated to stabilize the current condition.
If you feel better in an air-conditioned environment, try to set aside one room that is sufficiently air-conditioned and free of all dust
particles, carpets, unenclosed pillows or blankets or mattresses so that you can establish a fairly allergen-free environment until the
allergy shots begin to take effect.
If it's a food sensitivity, it's very likely something that you are addicted to, according to my allergist. They are often milk, wheat,
cheese and other milk products. Grains are often addictive and can cause problems. Limit sugar strongly. Eliminating a suspected food for 7 days may provide you with some relief, although you need to be tested for possible food sensitivites. If you feel better after 7 days not using the food, chances are you are sensitive to it and should eliminate it from your diet. You know which foods you
eat most frequently and have cravings for. They are likely strong triggers for asthma attacks that are milder than the ones that send you to the hospital.
Atmospheric molds are often troublesome and spray is availabe for
your home to use if it's inside the home strongly. (Molds are ubiquitous, so it has nothing to do especially with the fact that it's
indoors, although a strong concentration of molds can be a serious trigger and cause dangerous problems. Please stop eating blue cheese if you suspect a mold allergy.
Remember that sugar is derived from the cane (which is a grass)
and wheat is a (form of) grass. If you are sensitive to grass, watch for wheat and sugar sensitivities right off the bat.
Take care and continue to post as you feel you need to seek some support.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/17/2012 1:22:30 PM (GMT-6)