I had an appointment last week because I have been struggling lately feeling really short of breath and lower legs have been swelling during the day. It is most noticeable to me after eating and when just sitting. I honestly didn't think it was a lung issue, but was thinking maybe some kind of food allergy. They did a chest x-ray and lab work and everything came back normal except the chest x-ray indications were "Bilateral hyperinflation suggesting severe pulmonary emphysema." This shocked me because I am a 40 year old non-smoker. The only thing I could think that could have even put me somewhat at risk was being in South Korea for almost 2 years while in the military because they have a lot of pollution, but that's about it.
I have a couple referrals in now for a CT scan and pulmonary function test and to see a pulmonologist. But I am having a really hard time just waiting for this. Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.