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I am 39 and have mild emphysema. I was told this was in the upper parts and that I should have no issues since I quit smoking 13 years ago and try to stay healthy as possible. However, I noticed I have been having to take a deep breath every 5 to 10 minutes. Sometimes I get it, other times I have to wait and try again. I took a LFT and my FEV1 was 118%. However, I also just found out due to a test that I am a carries of A-1 alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. I was told that it is MF which means I only carry one bad gene and should be good. What scares me is that I am already having to take a deep breath at 39 (turn 40 may 2nd) Since Ive stopped smoking does this progress faster than a smoker's emphysema? Am I looking at a shorter life expectancy. I know there isnt a definite answer to that but it seems I cant find anything on MF. Totally nervous of the future and the fear that I could have passed this on to my little girl. I just dont know if the emphysema is from smoking since it is on top or is it due to A-1. If my lung test was good, xray was good why would i have to take deep breaths? sorry for rambling, just new to this all and scared. P.S - in the states.
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