Posted 8/9/2016 3:01 PM (GMT -6)
OK so a month ago I quit smoking cigarettes because I couldn't breathe and switched to vaping. I instantly felt better in my breathing so I just assumed it was smoking cigarettes that was causing it.
Then all the sudden 3 weeks later on friday the 29th my breathing started to act up again. It kept getting worse the next day at work on Saturday I was bent over at certain points trying to catch my breathe, didn't even vape my breathing was so bad. I was inhaling so deeply to get a full breathe on saturday and all day sunday that my shoulder blade was hurting. Then all the sudden I got home from a 20 min walk home and my breathing was so bad that I was on the floor in a panic attack because literally nothing I did was allowing me to breathe the way I was supposed too.
I ended up at the ER that night and they told me it was a bronchospasm, my pulse ox was actually at 99 though. They gave me a breathing treatment, put me on steroids of 50mg a day and gave me a rescue inhaler, she said that she didnt want to say it was asthma and that I needed to follow up with a primary care physician. Well when I called to schedule the appointment the next available date was for August 18th. So I still havent seen them yet.
But after the ER visit, the next day my breathing had not gotten even the slightest bit better and they let me go home from work early. Even walking the 5 minutes to pharmacy to pick up my meds was leaving me out of breathe. Then all the sudden the next day I felt a lot better so I decided that I would go take care of errands I need to on my bike, and I was on my bike for about an hour. By the time I came home an hour later my breathing had gotten to out of control yet again that my mom picked me up and brought me back to the house to watch me.
I hadn't experienced wheezing before that but by 3 am, after not being able to fall asleep because my chest was so tight...wheezing all the sudden was so loud that when I went to get my mom she could hear it through the door. The inhaler helped it subside.
The next day I felt so much better, it was still an effort to breathe normally but I was getting full breathes every time I breathed in so I felt much better. My step mom insisted I go to an immediate care center for meds and a breathing treatment. The nurse practitioner said I didn't have much symptoms but that my breathing still sounded a little tight. And she also said that it was asthma.
She put me on more prednisone of 20mg, gave me powder inhaler, and prescribed me singular.
Yet again I felt a lot better I made it through my entire shift, breathing was kind of a struggle but it was manageable and didnt interfere with my sales job. Then on Saturday morning I took the bus to work and everything was good as well, then the heat went up (now mind you this is Kentucky so its super hot and humid and the pollen count was high). I was doing really well, no problems talking to customers at all the first half of the day. THen I went on lunch and stepped outside to get lunch from another store in the shopping center I work. I was outside a total of 10 minutes tops. By then I was starting to get short of breathe again but I could still talk. By the time I came back from my shift, talking was even more of a struggle and I had to run away from a customer to hit my inhaler. Then all the sudden an asthma attack happened and I got sent home from work and recovering my breathing. I had another asthma attack later that night about 5 hours later. And decided to stay home from work the next day.
It took effort to breathe on the way to work but eventually as the day went on, I felt a lot better. I even managed to walk to the grocery store no problem that was 10 minutes away.
And now all the sudden my breathing is literally PERFECT, I rode my bike today no problem. Like I woke up with everything feeling like I never even had been diagnosed with asthma.
Is this normal??? Like to all the sudden just feel fine after having such drastic problems. And now I'm left wondering if/when this whole episode will happen again.