Patient Comments: Emphysema - Causes and Risks

If known, what was the cause of your emphysema?

Comment from: DIANE, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My doctor told me because of having asthma and at least 30 plus years of smoking and a history of chronic bronchitis, my breathing became short and wheezing became very bad, especially at bedtime which never occurred before. So this Thursday came the bad news, he informed me that I have emphysema! He sent me for blood work and x-rays immediately. I should have listened to him a few years ago when he warned me to quit smoking or eventually I would end up with emphysema. Well, I didn"t listen! Please don"t doubt your doctor when he warns you about something like this, like I did. That's why they are called doctors!

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Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I contracted this disease by smoking and by living across the street from an acid regeneration factory.

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Emphysema - Describe Your Experience Question: Please describe your experience with emphysema.
Emphysema - Symptoms Question: What were the symptoms of your emphysema?
Emphysema - Diagnosis Question: What kinds of tests and exams did you have that led to a diagnosis of emphysema?
Emphysema - Treatment Question: Please describe the treatments, therapies, and medications you've received for emphysema.
Emphysema - Smoking Question: Are/were you a smoker prior to your emphysema diagnosis? If you've stopped, what worked for you?
Emphysema - Rehabilitation Question: Please share suggestions and tips for exercising and rehabilitating to control your emphysema.

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