I have been diagnosed with emphysema. I wasn't having any shortness of breath or any other problems, it was discovered during a routine check up. I was told I have stage 1. I was given a prescription for spriva and I'm not on oxygen. I do get winded pretty easily but I don't think I've had any shortness of breath except when I was flying.
My wife wants to go to Thailand to visit relatives. The total flight time is around 20 hours, about 18 hours to Korea then a few for hours to Bangkok. It was during this flight that I had a 'Shortness of breath' episode. I had dozed off in my seat and when I work up I could hardly breath. This was almost three years ago before I even knew I had emphysema. I didn't have any other real problems other than that but I admit I didn't sleep much. when I think back on it my breathing may have been a little labored but not a real problem. At that time I smoked so I attributed the problem to smoking but I have quit smoking now.
That was three years ago and now I know I have emphysema and that it won't get better, it will only get worse so I'm worried about what will happen now. We don't plan on going until feb and I definetly plan to check with my doctor before we go. I came across this site while searching on google so I thought I would as a question here.
what is your advice be as far as flying.
I'm a 61 year old male, 5'7" and weigh 140 lbs. I have stage 1 emphysema but don't have any other chronic medical problems except high cholorestol.