I just had a doctor tell me mild emphysema was seen in an x-ray that was taken today. The x-ray was taken because a prior CT scan showed a nodule in one of my lungs.
The x-ray doesn't show the nodule, and another CT scan is planned for the future. (X-rays don't pick up nodules.) The doctor is having me take another x-ray next month. Why, I don't know (instead of a CT scan) but it is scheduled. He said if the signs of emphysema are still there, then we will do another CT scan.
I am a former smoker and I am sure that's what caused most of it.
I am very afraid. I exercise and I'm in good shape, but the information on the web is frightening.
I can only hope that since I quit smoking that the problems will not get worse, but the websites tell a different story. It's just really frightening.