Hi, I'm 57 and just been told I have 'traces of emphysema' following CT scan. I'm being referred for breathing tests. I'm normally pretty healthy until this year when I've had severe Impetigo twice, the second time followed by what I was told was Pharyngitis so I just went along with all the breathing issues, lethargy etc for 3 months until I could stand it no more. I saw the Dr, got an immediate referral to the hospital and got a full MOT including an Xray. I truly thought I'd be told I had a virus but instead I was shocked to be told I'd had Pneumonia and had a chest infection! The CT scan was scheduled as they could see something on the Xray. I've never had any of these 3 things before
I'm a bit shell shocked at the moment. How can I possibly have this??!!
I'm fit, I go to the gym, I do yoga and meditation and deep breathing, walk the dogs etc. On paper I'm on good form re BP etc and I had additional tests recently because of the Impetigo and the results were fine. I did teenage smoking between 16 and 21 but not at home. I've not needed antibiotics since 2000 when I initially had severe Impetigo, incidentally its always in the same place.
Could there be a link? Could I have developed this in recent years? Is it more likely to be second hand smoke given that its only been in recent years that smoking has been banned inside? I have 2 wood burning stoves but only for the last 7 years, could it be them? Last question, what chemicals in cleaning agents should be avoided?
Really sorry for the long post but I'm feeling quite bewildered