A 34-year-old female asked:
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i have mild emphysema without treatment do you know how fast it can progress i don't have insurance but i do seem to get out of breath really easy?

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Dr. Theresa Henderson
40 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not just mild: If you only have mild emphysema you should not get out of breath easily At your age, unless you are very obese you should have a lot of breathing reserve. Causes for your breathing are accompanying other lung disease (asthma, thickening in the lung) or a heart problem. Stay away from places and from activities where you get short of breath. Find a MD or clinic that will work with your budget.
Answered on Apr 15, 2015
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Severe!: This is very dangerous at your age! YOU MUST SEE A LUNG SPECIALIST! Ask for alpha one antitrypsin level. No reason to delay. Good luck
Answered on Jan 2, 2016
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