So saw the practice nurse who is lovely. Did the spiro test and results are FEV1 77, FVC 90, FEV1/FVC 92.
Apparently, my chest xray shows clear lungs but written note 'background changes of emphysema' which is the direct quote the receptionist gave me which put the fear of god into me. 2days after this, i called surgery since nobody had got back in touch with me. First gp told me smoking damage and make appointment for breathing tests (for which I have waited a month). As I was having a major breakdown, saw a different gp a week later who explained what emphysema was, told me to stop smoking, get breathing tests, exercise, eat well and gave me amatryptline for back pain which was the reason I presented in the first place!!
Nursie thinks that there may be a minute spot which is why the 'emphysema' tag has been added but is raging that receptionist read out details to me which have caused me so much anguish and that led me to believe that I was about to shuffle off at the tender age of 55. She can't see all of the xray. Thinks it's possible too that i had an infection and pain was/is from that.
So going back to see nursie in 3 months time to redo tests (she doesn't normally do this but because I have been badly let down by the practice she is happy to repeat the tests to reassure me).
In the meantime, got another appointment to try to sort out back pain and discuss fully the xray result, spiro results and back pain.
A huge thanks to all on here who, despite suffering so badly with a variety of illness and difficulties were there to provide support and give me hope at a very difficult time. I salute you all.