Hi everyone, I had a ct scan done and I have many findings. Copd and emphysema. Also cylindrical bronchiectasis and mild lung scarring. All mild.

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Does anyone have all these problems and am I in trouble.

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    As they are all mild and the results should be sent back to your GP and/or whoever booked you for the scan, then you should be getting some feedback and possible medication. I was diagnosed with COPD(following a lifetime of Asthma) in my early 40's and am still coping in my 70's although, of course, it doesn't get better, it only gets controlled. You might have some life changes to make to keep it from escalating, but you should get the help you need from your GP and Chest Clinic/hospital who ordered the scan. My friend has suffered a lifetime of Bronchiectasis and is approaching 63 yrs old and with the right meds is doing fine.

    Hope this stops you worrying.

    Regards, Val.

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    that's all true and try not to worry, a lot of this stuff is a warning to change your lifestyle, eat lots of nature's foods, take exercise to your best level, don't smoke and otherwise just be sensible and enjoy life. Go see your doctor to explain your readings and remember stress kills so chill a bit. June
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    Thanks Val and June I do feel better. I think I need a new doctor though he just said we will do another scan in 2 to 21/2 years. Nothing about a flu shot or anything. Even to exercise.
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    I would have a look around for somebody who showed a bit of interest in my worries. Did he not refer you to the asthma clinic. These are run by specialist nurses who have studied lung diseases, maybe your doctor doesn't know a great deal about it. they can't know everything in depth which is why nurses are being trained to specialise so that they can hold clinics. Also (I'm assuming you live in england) you could do with being refered to Pulmonary Rehab where you learn how to exercise, I think they usually meet twice a week for a couple of months and there are about a dozen patients in the group along with 3 or 4 nurses. There is help out there but it's been my experience that you have to dig it all out bit by bit. June
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    Hi oddbiddy, Thanks so much for the information. No I am not from England I live in the United States. I

    will try and see what is offered here.

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    I believe they have something similar on offer over there. I found it a great help to know the right kind of exercises, and that way you do less of them instead of groping around in the dark lol. June
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    Hi after originally being diagnosed with late onset asthma (I was 59 then) I was sent to a specialist, and after scan,s I was re diagnosed with emphysema, bronchestisis , and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I have to say that the only drug that has been any help is prednisolone although this has side effects. It's been a bit of a slippery slope and my fev1 is now around 27% and the effect of that is increasing debilitating life style my sats are not so bad so I must be grateful there at rest they're about 95% and 89-92 on excertion. I have researched my condition so I understand what's happening to me. I would advise everyone to do the same the British lung foundation is a big help. Pulmanory re-hab is a good thing, joining local groups will put you in touch with like minded people if I can answer any questions I will so let me know. Remember every breath is precious
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