i posted on the lung problems sections earlier but thought id post here too.
ill explain everything first so as to get all the info out.
Some history-im a 28 year old female....smoked 2 packs a day for 14 years and also lived in my dads 2 pack a day plume of smoke growing up. In the beginning of march i have started to feel very run down, extremely tired and then started hacking up blood...shich lasted for a week. Went to primary doc. and got xray which was clear and told i have an infection and given z-pack.
I for some reason felt this doctor was off so i went for a second opinion. By this time i had lost all appetite and still having chest pain, no coughing, just hacking up nasty phlegm, tired and chest pain.
The pulmonolgist did sinus xray which was clear and cat scan that showed a 1.5 cm density on lower right lung. Nonspecific infection, altho he initally thought pneumonia. I was given another antibiotic and that didnt clear it up completely but its a lil bit better.
Had another cat scan last week and was told today that i have a 4 mm nodule adjacent at major fissure on right lung. He didnt say it wasnt a tumor or that it is. He said he wanted to see me on the 19th and wants to watch this nodule to see if it grows.
Now i have had an eerie feeling for a long while now that something jst isnt right. I had a lumpectomy of breast in dec. but i dunno if that may have anything to do with my lung problem.
There is also thickening apical bilaterally (right greater than left) but i dont know what that means,,if any of you do?
im having a hard time defining these terms....dang doctor language lol.
Redemostration of ill-defined soft tissue at anterior mediastinum, prevascular, which may be related to conglomeration of sub centimeter lymph nodes. I dont understand what this means either.
I dont see the doc till 19th but ive some questions. What do these things mean and what are my possibilites of cancer?
Is this nodule a serious thing if he wants to watch it?
thank-you in advance for any help u can give me!
thank you so much haylee!
I'm sorry about your husband! But it was just infection and not cancer right? I hope not! I bet having it drained sure made it feel better though. I had initially thought tb myself but the doctor didnt seem concerned about it as he didnt test me or anything. I am in wisconsin. I told him yesterday that if the spot on the cat scan (1.5 density) looked better why do i still feel so crappy. No answer, suppose i will have to wait until my appointment.
I think my age throws them for a loop and it gets frustrating. My first doctor told me i was too young to have lung cancer. It made me kinda mad because i do realize the occurances of lung cancer in my age group is very low, but at the same time ive been a 2 pack a day smoker for 14 years and my dads smoking i lived in also....basically ive been in a cloud of smoke my whole life on top of my own smoking. You'd think that would put me right up there with the rest of em.
I guess i am just worried because ive had a bad feeling since before these lung problems even started that something just wasnt right. I was told 3 years ago that if i didnt quit id be dead before 40. I of course didnt listen to that because isnt that what all doctors say yenno. I have quit tho since i think it was december.
I assume 4 mm is to small to biopsy and stuff?
Thank you for your response, i appreciate it alot! I hope your husband feels better!
i go back on the 19th, seems like years away. I am in college and we are in our last few weeks so I should be pretty busy with that to keep my mid occupied. Yes those are very excellent numbers and im happy for you both! Yes it has all been veryyyyy slow, since the beginning of March. Been on two rounds of antibiotics also. I know he said he wants to watch it and stuff and see if it grows, i assume using cats scans to do so. And whew are those things darned expensive! Cant believe a simple scan costs 1,300, highway robbery. At the same time though its nice to know that things are being caught that the x-rays dont catch, at least in enough time to give you good odds. That in itself is priceless yenno. One appointment at a time i guess is how ive got to look at it otherwise ill drive myself crazy. I feel bad for my family though because they just went through this with me in December with my breast. Thank-you for your help!
My dad was in the hospital recently with pneumonia and they did a CAT scan and found a nodule (2 cm) on his lung which they never would have found if he didn't end up with bronchitis that turned into pneumonia. Bottom line is they did a PET scan and that will determine if it is cancer or not. Unfortunately, in his case it is but the PET scan showed it hasn't traveled anywhere else, that's the good news. You may want to ask for a PET scan to ease your mind.
Thank you for your reply and I am very sorry to hear about your father. It's so good (if thats any comfort) that it hasn't spread anywhere, that must better his odds? I know i have heard that it can be benign or malignant, Im just worried cuz of everything ive been going through. Are they going to do surgery or put him on treatments right away? My prayers are with you and your family. I have heard about PET scans, wonder if they are cheaper than the cat scans and if they can tell using the PET on a 4 mm. I know that is very small, but why wait till it gets bigger?? The respitory prblems im having is what started all this...damn cigerettes. That was beginning of march...im still tired but im also very stressed. Im not sick every day but more often than not, ive also this week developed a cough that is dry but i hack phlegm all day long. The part that bothers me most is the feeling that my bones hurt. My shoulders, right leg, my back and right knee. Doesnt feel like muscle, more like my bones hurt. Who knows, one thing after another. Sorry im in a mood today lol.
I am very sorry about your father though and i hope he does and is doing ok. And dont be afraid to come here to vent if you need to, its a good reliever. We are all here to listen. Does he know staging or anything yet? Gosh, my prayers are with you and your family and keep us posted! Take care.