| | Re: The early (or later) signs of Lung Cancer
Hey all. First, let me start off by saying that I know nothing about my condition. I haven't been to a doctor. I am a recent ex smoker, which I basically began after symptoms started. So when I would smoke, I began to have chest pains. Nothing too alarming, a little back pain at times as well. As time went by after quitting, the chest pain subsided for the most part. I decided that just to test the theory, I'd have some cigarettes. It had been about a month. The pain came back almost immediately, so the relapse didn't last long.
So naturally, my mind would wander to a cancer diagnosis out of concern. I never had any other symptoms. No nagging cough, no blood in phlegm, only these chest pains, which I would think if I had cancer, would stay with me throughout the quitting process, and afterwards.
So I wanted to gain knowledge from all you about some of your early stage symptoms. I know not everyone's still in that boar, but you were at one time. What was in that made you say, "this is worse than I probably think it is" or, did you have a gut feeling something was wrong?
I know that's where I'm at right now. Because I didn't get any "tell-tale" signs other than the chest pain, I wanted to see what people thought of that before I go see the doc. Being so close to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute is comforting to me in a way, but I need to know what's going on first, and I thought I'd start her before I lose my mind and maybe more..
Let me also say that I admire each and everyone on here with this disease. Although it's not necessarily a death sentence, spending what could be precious time for you sitting on a message board helping others is amazing and you deserve thanks.