I have had an asthma attack, but it was many years ago now. I was in a bad marriage and I would wake up in the middle of the night and not quite be able to breathe. I'm guessing it had very little to do with asthma and everything to do with my stressful home situation. Some people get panic attacks and others I guess can get things like tightness of the chest and airways. Anyway, my doctor diagnosed me with asthma and prescribed an inhaler to widen the airways. It worked so so, but once I was rid of my husband all my symptoms subsided like a shadow at dusk.