Shadow on Chest XRay And Terrified
My husband has been having infrequent (maybe twice a month?) choking/coughing fits where he can't seem to catch his breath and almost vomits. They last for a minute or two, then he's fine. Other than that he seems to be in good health. He had his annual physical last Friday and mentioned the coughing fits, so his doc ordered a chest xray. We got a call later that night from his doctor, who said that the chest xray showed an abnormal shadow on the lower left lung. He mentioned that it looked like pneumonia/infection or a collapsed lung, but since my husband is feeling fine the doc doesn't think its pneumonia and doesn't want to start any antibiotics yet. He said my husband needs to have a CAT scan to see exactly what's going on, and couldn't rule out anything at this point, including a tumor.
I am going crazy with worry. Would the radiologist be able to tell the difference between a tumor and an infection on a chest xray? What else could this shadow be?? Could he have a lung infection with no symptoms? My husband has never smoked, and is 51 yrs. old and otherwise in good health. The CAT scan is tomorrow- he doesn't want me to go, but I want to be there if they give him any results. Do you think they will tell him anything after the CAT scan? I am just so scared for him, and I guess I'm looking for some hope that this could still turn out ok.....