I was fighting for my breath, and trying desperately NOT to panic.
I don't even have chronic asthma
BUT the combination of anxiety, asthma, and allergies got too much. There is a sense of helplessness that in itself is scary because even when you're thinking all is calm, all is fine, your body just goes it's own merry bloody way. So off I went to the emergency room. After a few hours, ekg, saline drip, etc things calmed down and I got back to my normal self.
I read somewhere that asthma is a "risk factor for the development of panic disorder". I can see how the fear of not being able to breathe leads to that kind of vicious cycle.
Asthma UK: Stress and Anxiety
While I don't fall in the category of year round or chronic asthma I think I should keep an asthma chart and action plan. It's spring and it's time to get back to using the inhaler, and take allergy meds preemptively.