Chest X-ray shows “hyper-expanded lungs with flattening of diaphragm…consistent with COPD”.
I am not smoker, 51 yr old male…no cough, no wheezing, no asthma, no mucous.
I do have joint pain/fatigue for 20+ years from chronic fatigue syndrome. Past chest X-rays were always clear. Breathing generally very good, although recently have noticed some shortness of breath upon exertion.
Questions: -Does this sound like it could be COPD? I am going in to see my doctor for pulmonary test in 3 weeks. I know that will be more telling. Just surprised if that’s what it could be.
- Are there other causes of COPD beside the obvious (smoking, environmental exposures, genetics, etc?)
If it’s not COPD, are there other causes for hyper-expanded lungs/flattened diaphragm? (I have o history of emphysema, bronchitis, no cystic fibrosis).