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Newlease posted 3/19/2014 15:07 PM

I came down with a respiratory virus this week and due to asthma and COPD, I went to the Dr. to get checked out. I was having trouble drawing a deep breath - felt like a vice was on my upper body. I've had it before and I wasn't too concerned, but because of having had pneumonia in 2009, I wanted to get checked out.

Dr. did a chest xray and showed it to me. No infection (YEA) but, there is a mass in the lower region of one of my lungs - it was there in 2009 when I went through a very long bought with pneumonia and was determined to be scar tissue. I assume that is why I got a diagnosis of COPD.

I have never smoked but grew up in a house with heavy smokers. I never had any breathing issues until 2009 when I got the pneumonia that stuck around for 4 months until I finally kicked it. After that and many tests, including xrays, CT scans, and something where I had to inhale and exhale in a booth, I was diagnosed with asthma and COPD.

I am on a regimen of Cymbacort (sp) inhaler 2x a day and Cingular 10mg every night. I am able to keep it well under control using this and don't have to use a rescue inhaler much at all. This is all to illustrate that my life hasn't been impacted much at all by these issues.

Now the Dr. wants a new CT scan with dye to see if this mass (it looks more like a nodule to me) has grown since 2009. It looks the same to me, but I suppose very small growth could have occurred - it's about the size of a silver dollar.

He used the word cancer - which I didn't get to worked up about because he tends to be OVERLY cautious about these issues. I mean if I hadn't come in to get checked for pneumonia, he wouldn't have even thought about getting my lungs checked again.

Does this sound like something that is necessary? It seems like I get a lot of diagnostic testing for things that turn out to be nothing.

NL

unfound posted 3/19/2014 16:04 PM

((nl)) I always err on the side of caution.

jo2love posted 3/19/2014 16:35 PM

(((Newlease)))

Deeply Scared posted 3/19/2014 16:56 PM

(((Newlease))) Sending you healing thoughts and energy.

ajsmom posted 3/19/2014 16:57 PM

I have never smoked but grew up in a house with heavy smokers.

Me too. What you're going through is one of my biggest fears.

That said, just like a mole, get it checked. You just never know.


AJ's MOM

MovingUpward posted 3/19/2014 17:50 PM

If it has been a few years it is probably good to take another snap shot so you can know the history. If it has grown then it is better to be addressing in now instead of latter. If it hasn't grown then you have another data point over time. I think doctors today are really focused on catching anomalies as early as possible. The fear is usually cancer but I bet that is the minority of the findings.

Sending prayers of comfort

purplejacket4 posted 3/19/2014 20:46 PM

Cancers in the lungs aren't that slow growing. Ever.

It's been so long it doesn't hurt to have new measurements but don't sweat it.

[This message edited by purplejacket4 at 8:47 PM, March 19th (Wednesday)]

Kajem posted 3/20/2014 02:41 AM

My dad had the test with the dye for lung cancer. His was positive. He's been smoking for 50+ years.

Doc explained the dye is laced with a sugar solution. Everything that grows quickly needs food fast to grow. The sugar is consumed by the quickly growing tumor. As a result things that are consuming the dye(sugar) substance will glow during the scan.

I hope this explanation helps. And I'll be praying for good outcomes.

K

tushnurse posted 3/20/2014 07:48 AM

What PJ said, and want to add that nodules in the lungs are actually pretty common.

Sending MoJo and well wishes.

((((and strength))))

wildbananas posted 3/20/2014 08:58 AM

(((NL)))

Newlease posted 3/20/2014 15:39 PM

Just got the results back from the CT I had done this morning. No changes, no problems. Just as I expected!

NL

purplejacket4 posted 3/20/2014 15:41 PM

tushnurse posted 3/20/2014 15:44 PM

Yippee!!!

Newlease posted 3/20/2014 16:41 PM

Oh and thanks to everyone for the uplifting advice, prayers, and support!

NL

jo2love posted 3/20/2014 16:45 PM

Faithful w/Love posted 3/21/2014 13:01 PM

Thank Goodness.

MovingUpward posted 3/21/2014 13:32 PM

nowiknow23 posted 3/21/2014 13:34 PM

Yay!

woundedby2 posted 3/21/2014 13:36 PM

Great news!

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