Hi I have been diagnosed with Emphysema last week while on holiday in the USA. I did a post about this before here. I didnt really feel many symptoms , and was prompted to go the hospital with a bad throat and some chest discomfort that turned out to be strep throat and suspected pneumonia. The CT scan though showed I have Emphysema.
I keep looking at the images of my lungs they gave me , it looks awful. Half of 1 lung with the E the other has 3 smaller ball like things with was pointed our was E.
I know i need to go to my own GP when back in England next week for proper diagnosis and see how severe etc it is and im terrified.
Im scared at the best of times just visiting the dr for minor things. My anxiety levels shoot through the roof.
This just all feels too much to cope with. Im 49 almost and now facing this. I dread what they will tell me. Quit smoking 3 and some years back and now this ..... i keep reading stuff online and watching youtube videos ...
just dont know what to expect and feeling really lost. The insane thing is I dont feel any different im not on O2 ... Im not on medication for other that anxiety and yet i have this thing inside of me.
I just dont know what to expect what my dr will say and feel like hiding and not going :( sorry for the depressing post around christmas but no where else to ask.
thank you Dino