Hi All,I have copd and was managing really well then 4 nights ago I experienced total tightening of chest like never before.I felt like a boa constrictor had hold of me and full on shortness of breath.I haven't had SOB like that for 3 years and I have never had total chest constriction.I went to hospital emergency and they thought it was my heart but after tests they told me my heart is really good (which is great).I then had a chest xray which showed no lung infection.(Also no cancer which is double great!)
The doctors were mystified as to what my problem actually was,as they said copd exacerbation is usually accompianed by infection.After giving me enormous quantities of Ventolin it calmed down and they let me go home.
I am feeling a bit better but still very fragile.
I'm still using lots of Ventolin but it's acting quicker now and I don't feel as slow.
Has anyone else experienced this?There must have been a trigger but I can't work out what it could have been.
Being an unknown quantity this episode is not very comforting and of course I"m terrified it's going to happen again out of the blue so to speak.
any comments/ideas are greatly appreciated.