Patient Comments: Emphysema - Diagnosis

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What kinds of tests and exams did you have that led to a diagnosis of emphysema? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sunshine Lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I recently had a chest x-ray after visiting my doctor because I am regularly experiencing a crushing sensation when I lie down in bed. It feels like my heart is in a vice, this is the best way to describe it. I received my results and have been told I have emphysema. There must be a mistake. I don’t have a cough and I have never smoked in my life, so in shock! I am now 52 years old. My dad was a smoker. He died when I was 17. He had emphysema with smoking and pneumoconiosis with dust from coal mines.

Comment from: Jeanette52, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

Emphysema was incidental finding on chest CT scan without contrast on 10/17/2018 to check a perifissural nodule. The scan read 'upper lobe predominant emphysema change present.' This was not on scan taken 9/11/2017. I just found this out Friday 10/19/2018. No other tests at this time. I don’t know how one knows how severe it is. Nothing was stated on the scan. The observation above is all there was.

Comment from: Floridaboy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

I was diagnosed with COPD a few days ago. Yes, I am smoker and I smoked for 30 years 1 pack (20) cigarettes per day. I don't have shortness of breath (at least I don't feel it) and I am good (in my mind). Now I read some patients here that when they quit smoking, their symptoms are getting worse. I know it's better to quit, but what I am reading here scares me as well as the disease itself. My mind tells me to quit, but I am not sure if the symptoms are getting worse after a cold turkey.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

A CT scan of my chest and pulmonary function tests were used for my diagnosis.

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