I am new here - hi everyone. I did the same as everyone else and googled and scared myself silly - until I found this incredibly supportive forum. I am 54 with lupus (diagnosed 15 yrs ago). I smoked for years and years and finally gave up with the help of ecigs 5 months ago. Was really feeling quite proud of myself and my smoking cough went and breathing got much better.
Then my annual rheumy check my doctor asked for an xray as one of my lungs didn't sound right. They thought I had a clot on the lung and rushed me in for a CT. No clot but some fluid on one lung, and background emphysema. Oh, yeah, incidental findings were a haitus hernia and a renal cyst. One has to laugh. Doc did say it was the beginnings of emphysema. I must say that I don't really have any symptoms apart from a bit of breathlessness on that second flight of stairs sometimes. I have not had any spirometry testing done yet or any formal diagnosis. I do have another xray booked for the end of this month which I think is to check if I still have fluid on my lung.
I haven't had any doctor tell me what it all means yet. What does" the beginnings" mean? Does this mean I can still slow down the progress? I am still on ecigs but dropping down the amount of nicotine. Does anyone here smoke ecigs? Or am I the only idiot? Sorry for all the questions.
I have had the big scare before with lupus and am determined to remain positive through all this. I had a very weepy weekend after being told though.