Occupational Asthma/Adult Onset Asthma/COPD
I am a 59 year old man that worked 30 years in the Automotive Industry in Southern Ontario. I worked many jobs over the years; production line assembly, metal stamping, Millwright/Machine repair and Machinist for over the last 6 years of factory work. I developed Asthma in 2000. I am a smoker. Prior to the Asthma I carried my golf clubs for 18 holes without a problem.
The night the first attack hit me, I awoke gasping for air, every breath I released left me more frightened and short of breath. I could not re-capture fresh air, I thought I was dying. I arose from bed, leaning against thewall for support made my way to the kitchen and stood leaning against the counter unable to move.
I had to get to the Hospital or I will die I thought. I did make it barely. Is this a normal event, or as I have suspected an extreme version of Adult Onset Asthma?