It has been about a month and some weeks, since my asthma has been acting up consistently. I have to use my inhalers just about everyday. It all started with my chest getting tight constantly. whether I am sitting or walking, it just does not matter. Now I get short of breath and I am always tired.
Today I was sitting at my desk at work and just felt like I could not get enough air and mucus just kept on building up in my throat making it difficult to swallow. I used my pump and felt better, but there are times I just want to use it more than 2 puffs at a time. This happens all the time now, and I am not use to this, on an everyday basis. Right now I am only on albuterol. I am thinking I might need something stronger. The only thing is the asthma pump makes me jittery. Through all of this I am having a difficult time recognizing if I am having a full asthma attack or just symptoms. I have a doctors appointment April 16th, but until then.... Can someone tell me what they think is going on?
Aren't most doctors aware now that unless you have mild intermittent asthma and only occasional attacks, you have to be on a preventative medication? I can't believe the number of posts that don't know this. Even my family doctor who isn't an asthma specialist knows this much. Taking albuterol many times a day all the time is dangerous.
Thanks For the replies so far. See, when I was younger I use to be on Tornalate and Intal. Then I was switched to albuterol and intal. My doctor that I go to now, knows that I am just on albuterol and she never said anything else about it. Just recently, for almost 2 months now, have I been having these problems all the time. When I say all the time, I mean everyday. So I do believe I need a maintenance medication. The only thing is would anyone consider this asthma attacks or just symptoms? That is the one question I do not know. I am not always gasping for air, sometimes I just get really tight and I feel like I am not getting enough air into my lungs. Like I cannot take a deep breath or even get a good yawn out. It feels like I do not have enough air for that. I don't quite understand it and it is like the littlest thing can trigger it, or sometimes I just wake up like that and I am like that until I use my inhaler. I feel like my airways are way to sensitive now for whatever reason. And I cannot pin point what my triggers triggers are, because it seems like everything is causing it. Now it is so bad, that as soon as I smell something I don't like, I tighten up right away. Sometime I get so weak and lightheaded, it feels like if I don't relax, I will pass out. It is just so aggravating and I feel like it is slowing me down from doing things I need to do. Maybe that is what I need. Maybe I need to slow down for a moment.