I was recently diagnosed with pre- or mild emphysema. In doing so, we spend about $10,000 on tests. I have an appointment today with a family care doctor for a follow up. What I would like is some practical advice.
With pre- or mild emphysema, are there any treatments that I could be given? I can work out at full intensity, at mile-high altitude, without getting more winded than usual. In your guys' experience, are they likely to just say to report anything and come back in six months?
I'm in my master's program, my spouse just started her career, and we just spent a great deal of our savings. Also, I quit smoking, have good nutrition, and live an active lifestyle. If the probable outcome of a follow up is that I will just be told to come back in a few months, I would rather (remembering I have children who need financial support) save the money.
Other than treating symptoms, which I think I have a decent handle on, is there any actual preventative treatments they give for pre- or mild emphysema? I don't need an inhaler (unless that saves lungs), and I definitely don't need oxygen (unless that saves lungs). Is there any practical reason to attend the appointment? Real answers please (i.e., please don't answer to go to the doctor because that's what I should do, unless of course there is an actual possible advantage to going). Saving money is the goal, and health is the priority.