Newly diagnosed with emphysema and asthma as a 67 year-old adult. I had no clue. Stopped smoking 27 years ago. Live in the country with very little air pollution. My FEV1 is under 80%, and my diffusion capacity is under 53%. Doc said I'm in stage 1 emphysema. Can I change the diffusion capacity like I can the FEV1? Also... random questions:Is it okay to burn candles? Do any of you use two different inhalers? He prescribed albuterol to take before exercising, and then a different one to take 2x a day -- fluticasone and salmeterol. And then the big question: what should I expect in terms of progression?
Thank you for your insight!