I saw my family doctor today and he said that while it is possible that I had a panic attack at work yesterday that it is unlikely that that is the underlying problem and that it is more likely the result of a major asthma attack and/or not being able to catch my breath or breathe properly.
He said that often during severe or life threatening asthma attacks, patients do not appear to be in distress, the chest may be so tight that no wheezing sings are present. He also said that the patient can appear pink and then can go cyanotic, which I did.
I remember last night that they kept asking me (both the EMT and a nurse) if it was normal for my face, chest and arms to be really pinkish red (my checks yes but not normally my neck, chest and top half of my arms). They started asking me about allergies. I also turned really blue at one point, my lips and my hands and feet (cyanosis) , while this was happening I started out with tingling in my hands and feet (which I had experienced throughout the morning before going to the hospital) that actually turned into almost complete loss of feeling. I could not squeeze the doctors or nurses hands when asked, not even when looking down at my hands and concentrating. I never mentioned that part to my doctor, I don’t know why but I did not think of it. Since Monday I have also been having coughing fits that leave me breathless and gasping for air. I was doing that in the office too. He said it sounds like it is possible that I may have whopping cough, which the doctor at the ER mentioned last night as well because I was doing it then too.
They both mentioned it being hard to treat and my family doctor said that they will sometimes treat it with Erythromycin, which I am allergic too. But then mentioned another antibiotic I have been able to take without having any reactions. He did not prescribe me anything yet because he wanted a chest x-ray first. He told me to go get it done right away, which I did right after my appointment. He said he should get the results tomorrow most likely. He has put me off till Monday.
I am hoping he will get it back tomorrow and call me to come in to tell me what it shows (inflammation I think is what they are looking for and maybe fluid, I googled it…) and confirm if it is whooping cough and or asthma. He did not order any other tests or anything else yet, I am not sure why and I hate asking.
He told me that if I have difficulty catching my breathe again, are coughing till I turn blue or get worse in anyway to right back to the ER. He said 3 times in a short period will usually prompt them to start doing more tests and will likely get me in to see a respiratory specialist and force them to treat it as something other then a panic attack.
I personally think I am having panic attacks but agree with him that they are more a result then a cause.
Hopefully I will know what is going on tomorrow. I want to get back to work.