Do mild asthmatics get asthma attacks?

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/30/2006 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.

I was just diagnosed with asthma and I THINK its mild.. my doctor didn't tell me what degree I have.. but when I looked up asthma at the mayo clinic it sounded to me like I fit into moderate persistant or mild persistant, whichever it is.

Anyways, I am wondering if I might have an asthma attack? I am a bit scared about it, I think I have had one or two before, feeling soooo winded that I just thought I was gonna die.. but I did not have wheezing. I only wheeze if I am also sick.. and maybe a little after exercise. But i am afraid I don't want to have one and have to go to the hospital
Before I was diagnosed, when I would go to the hospital they said by oxygen was fine. Is that weird? Does oxygen get bad during an attack?

I don't understand!

Also I am wondering if anyone else gets tight feelings across the upper back with their asthma.. like between shoulder blades, and across them.

and one more thing, do you guys talk to your family doctor about your asthma more, or do you see your speacalist? I am confused if I am supposed to go back to my family doctor now that I've been diagnosed. My speacalist didn't seem too chatty.

I am also a bit nervous because my family doctor didn't think I had anything wrong (she also gave me a referral to a pyschiatrist.. ...) and I am worried she is still going to think I am fine and be annoyed if I ask her questions or anything. If i have mild asthma, does that still mean I should be able to have a peak flow chart and have an asthma action plan. I was reading about that on a website but I am worried my doctor will think I am not severe enough to be doing all that. I am not sure how to tell if I am having an asthma attack or just symptoms.. so i thought the peak flow thing would help. sorry, i am so new to all this and i am just like, ahhhhh! Things seem so complicated.. is anyone else on flovent? How long did it take to start kicking in? I feel better after using Ventolin but I don't want to over-use it..

Thanks everyone :)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/2/2006 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
  well kirsten22 i have severe asthma and my son has moderate asthma and we both have asthma action plans and we also both have peak flow meters. I think that anyone who has asthma should monitor it and make sure that it is under control. If your docters arent taking your asthma seriously i would tell them to just help you find out about your attacks and your symptoms. about your son doesnt weez much at all but i am like constantly weezing if i exercise. I guess it just depends on how bad your asthma is. I would also always have a rescue inhaler with you even if you dont think you will have an attack...just in case.
  sometimes docters can be really non-understanding about how you feel about your asthma. sometimes i would have questions and they sometiems just kind of ignore you. But i would just keep asking questions and that can always help.
  also sometimes when i have an asthma attack i can feel some pain in my baack but not much at all.  it might go away as you get older. That would be another thing i would ask your docter.
well i hope i have been some help and if i have missed any questions that you asked i am really sorry and just tell me and i will reply again! well good luck!  :-)   :-)

Post Edited (Chick5Soft) : 7/4/2006 10:36:46 PM (GMT-6)

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