It started when I was about 6 and I was at home watching tv, nothing out of the ordinary. I laughed once and suddenly a stabbing, incapacitating pain started in my chest. Not very fun for a 6 year old, and quite scary for my mother. She rang NHS direct but they hadn't got a clue what it was, and suggested I go to A&E, but by the end of the call, I was fine again. Since then, even at 17 now, with random time periods between each episode it will start again, usual subsiding when I take that deep and horrendously painful breath, lasting around 5 minutes each. In that time, I can't speak and stay perfectly still to avoid the horrible pain. Recently, it seems to be worse, though I don't know why. Around Christmas, I was just lying down and the pain started. I waited for it to pass, but it didn't at all, even when I took a deep breath. I tried to get out of bed but I could barely move for the pain, so I had to call my mum to help me out. After 40 minutes of agony, it subsided. It was horrible. I have been to the doctors numerous times enquiring about it, but they put it down to my asthma, even though taking my inhaler doesn't relieve the symptoms, and they don't seem to understand how painful it is. I personally think more research should be done into it, because it does have a profound effect on my life, because as well as being scary, it does mean I am constantly stopping what I am doing to regain my ability to breath.
[Last edited Apr 08, 2013 20:01:37]