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Old 12-16-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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Do these symptoms sound familiar?

I have recently been told that they have found a 5mm nodule on my left lung. I am scheduled for a CT scan this week. I have had problems breathing and coughing (dry cough) for the last year. I also have bouts of constipation with bouts of violent throwing up and diarrhea thrown in for good measure! I have a sometimes dull, sometimes very painful feeling in the lower left side of my stomach. I have lost 20+ pounds in the last 6 months - I'm never hungry - and when I do eat I feel bad. In the last year I have had one upper respatory infection and a bladder infection. I have a rash on my legs and back and have been treated for depression, anxiety and migraines. I am in my late 40's and contributed most of this to hormonal changes and major stress. I decided to go to a different doctor (an allergist) after a major breathing/itching attack. He did blood work (I thinking he was looking for Celtic disease), sent me for a chest x-ray (where the nodule was found), breathing tests (they showed lower than normal function - but not alarmingly low), a nasal CT scan (not done yet) and set me up with a gastrologist (I see him tomorrow). The doctor told me that my blood work came back fine - negative test for Celtic. I haven't seen the blood results yet but intend to ask for a copy. I am worried about lung cancer or perhaps cancer elsewhere that has spread to my lungs. Any ideas?

 
Old 12-18-2007, 02:40 PM   #2
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Re: Do these symptoms sound familiar?

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I have recently been told that they have found a 5mm nodule on my left lung. I am scheduled for a CT scan this week. I have had problems breathing and coughing (dry cough) for the last year. I also have bouts of constipation with bouts of violent throwing up and diarrhea thrown in for good measure! I have a sometimes dull, sometimes very painful feeling in the lower left side of my stomach. I have lost 20+ pounds in the last 6 months - I'm never hungry - and when I do eat I feel bad. In the last year I have had one upper respatory infection and a bladder infection. I have a rash on my legs and back and have been treated for depression, anxiety and migraines. I am in my late 40's and contributed most of this to hormonal changes and major stress. I decided to go to a different doctor (an allergist) after a major breathing/itching attack. He did blood work (I thinking he was looking for Celtic disease), sent me for a chest x-ray (where the nodule was found), breathing tests (they showed lower than normal function - but not alarmingly low), a nasal CT scan (not done yet) and set me up with a gastrologist (I see him tomorrow). The doctor told me that my blood work came back fine - negative test for Celtic. I haven't seen the blood results yet but intend to ask for a copy. I am worried about lung cancer or perhaps cancer elsewhere that has spread to my lungs. Any ideas?
I do not know about alot of lung issues, but the constipation, vomiting, dull pain, breathing issues, lack of hunger, and diarahhea are all very familiar to me. I spent 20 years with those symptoms, always having bowel obstruction ruled out, so of course they told me it was stress related.
When I finally found a good gastroenterolist, he ran tests on stomach and intestinal viability. nothing moved. They decided that my colon had died many years ago. the removed all but 3cm. I now eat well, am feeling 100% better and my breathing improved. Ask your gastroenterolgist to do more than a colonoscopy. Insist if you have to. Mine was totally amazed that noone had done more than that in all those years and many doctors.
Hope it helps

 
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:45 AM   #3
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Re: Do these symptoms sound familiar?

aroman - that is very interesting. How do they test stomach and intestinal viability? My doctor has ordered an upper GI, colonoscopy and more blood work. I have only gone to the Gastro doctor once and he appears to be a bit on the arrogant side (see my post in lung cancer board). Thanks for your heads up - I will follow through with your suggestion.

 
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