Is it possible to develop lung disease from high impact auto accident?
There is no explanation for my unexpected recent diagnosis of emphysema. Non smoker. Super fit & healthy regularly run 2-3 miles per day. But a pre-op x-ray for a back surgery in August showed ‘potential’ emphysema. I was 49. My PC believed the CT & spirometry tests would come out fine or something else more minor. Scheduled a CT & spirometry tests for sept 17th of this past year. Unfortunately I was hit by a truck going 60mph while waiting to make a turn on sept 16th. I still went to my testing next day even though I was a mess physically & had a tbi. Sure enough, results came back positive for emphysema. My PC & I were in shock. I have felt sick since the day of the accident. Lungs hurt, s.o.b., exhausted, anxious, cough all the time. I took the alpha-1 test twice because this doesn’t make any sense. It was negative. I can no longer run or do my work. I get sob just walking up a flight of stairs. Fighting depression daily. I really believe there’s a possibility this was caused by the accident impact & maybe it’s been misdiagnosed but it’s still lung damage from acceleration-deceleration forces. I really need to find out what actually caused this & be sure I’m getting proper diagnosis & treatment. In one day absolutely everything in my life changed for the worse & I can no longer do anything I did before the accident.