I have just been diagnosed with moderate emphysema, fibrosis, and achalesia and I am very upset since I have NEVER smoked in my entire 50 years of life. My father smoked while I lived at home for 20 of those years and he was a heavy smoker. Do you know of any one else who this has ever happened to? My only symptom was and continues to be a cough.
The first thing is to be sure that moderate emphysema really is your problem. Emphysema is not determined by an x-ray alone. You will need pulmonary function tests. It is very uncommon for non-smokers to develop emphysema, even with a heavy passive smoke exposure.
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