I have just been discharged from hospital after another two week admission where i was very unwell and ended up in itu for a couple of days.

I have comehome today after lots of discussion with consultant as peak flows still low etc but he agreed that i would be better at home on the condition i went straight back if any problems.

During this admission he looked back at a CT scan that i had done in september, this aparently shows Empysema, i didnt ask him much about it all and just kind of said ok and that was it really. well now i have had time to think about it i am totally confused. Does that i mean i have asthma? does it mean that things will allways be this uncontrolled etc?

I am due back to the royal brompon on the 10TH november for a histamin challenge and to finish difficult asthma protocal, do you think i should tell them about this before i go as i am not sure how much it changes thing?

I am sorry if this is a garbled mess but any advice would be greatly recieved

Many Thanks


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  • Hi Sarah,

    Emphemya is under the same bracket as chronic asthma and COPD I know this from a poster i have seen outside my consultants office.

    Now BBC website says

    ""It is a progressive lung condition which leaves you struggling for breath""

    It is caused by damage to the lung structure which is gradual.

    I got confused the other week because my consultant has done me an asthma plan and a COPD plan and according to an Auk member you cannot have both. I think it is the same for Emphemya they say you cannot have both although i am not 100% sure because on the poster i saw all three where together?!

    Hope that helps a little and that some medical intellect comes along soon to explain a little more.


  • The AAAAI (US medical professional association allergy & asthma) has this on their website about asthma and copd coexisting:

    ""Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, are common respiratory ailments that can affect people for many years. Asthma can affect people at any point in their lives, whereas COPD more often impacts seniors. Asthma and COPD also can coexist in the same individual. It is important to understand the similarities and differences between the diagnosis, treatment and long-term outcome of asthma and COPD. ...[continues]"" m

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