I have recently been diagnosed with emphysema. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and to start taking the drug for this I had to have spirometry tests. My FEV1 was 95% but transfer rate was 56% but had a cigarette walking to the hospital (I have since given up the ciggies) I was sent for a scan and the consultant wrote to my doctor saying I had extensive emphysema! I went in to panic mode because my mum died of this last year and since the diagnosis I have done nothing but think and worry about it from morning until night. I walk up a big hill and then 50 steps 4 nights a week and walk a mile in to town and back once a week and have never needed to rest although sometimes to get quite breathless. Since my diagnosis I find that I can feel my thumping heart beat even when resting and I puff when going up the stairs and also have almost a continuous headache - none of these things I was aware of 10 weeks ago. Could my emphysema be declining that quickly or is it likely that I've got myself in to such a pickle that I'm suffering with anxiety.
No ones suggested medication and I'm still active so how come I have extensive COPD? Your help in getting me to put things into some kind of perspective would be so much appreciated. I know there are so many people out there who are much worse off than me