Should I have been offered a chest X-Ray or a CAT scan etc. when I was diagnosed to see any damage done to my lungs? I was diagnosed by my asthma nurse via a spirometry and peak flow test. She said my lung age was 89 which meant I was in the COPD range. I have never seen a doctor (for diagnosis) or a consultant. I also asked her if it was emphysema. She wouldn't give an answer and just said it all comes under COPD now. Is this true? Some web sites say they are different illnesses and some that they are not. Im confused!
The last X-Ray I had done was about 5 years ago and I really had to insist because the doctor said I didn't need it. I was told it showed hyperexpansion of my lower lung. But that was 5 years ago...
I have asked the nurse this and she said because my bloods are done every 12 months this would pick up any problems without the need for any other tests.
I have my appointment with her this Friday so I would appreciate any thoughts on this please.
Thanks Bev xx