I was diagnosed with asthma around age 13. My first symptom brought me into the ER. I thought I was having a heart attack. For me, the onset of asthma has a first symptom of an extremely painful stabbing feeling. It feels like a knife, or large syringe, or lightning bolt stabbing between my ribs. The pain typically occurs near my heart on the left side, but has presented in many places around my ribs and lungs. Sometimes it goes away in a matter of seconds, other times the pain lasts for hours. It is worse upon breathing in or out fully. I tend to breathe shallow during an episode to limit my pain.
I have had testing of my heart too and they don't beleive it is related.
Though most doctors love to tell me that asthma does not cause pain, I think they need to do more research on the subject. They seem to treat it as a hard fact, but I know what I experience. The pain is first for me, followed by tightness and such if not treated by inhailer quickly enough.
I'm sorry you're experiencing this, but you're not alone. I beleive many of us experience pain in relation to asthma, but we keep getting written off.
Post Edited (Ima Medical Mishap) : 4/10/2015 11:33:42 AM (GMT-6)