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    Old 04-20-2014, 06:41 AM   #1
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    Hi I am new to the board. I went for a ct scan to Ck on a clogged artery in my neck. Doctor decided to do a chest ct scan in addition to the neck. Chest ct scan showed 6 X 8 mm scarring and several nodules up to 4 X 6 mm. My PCP states we will follow up in 6 months with another ct scan. Should I push for one sooner? I quit smoking 20 yrs ago but was exposed to 2nd hand smoke for 25 yrs growing up. I am going to see a kidney Dr soon for possible kidney disease. Blood work is off. Other issues. Hypothyroid. Migraines. Degenerative disc disease. Any suggestions or advice? I guess I am just nervous. Both parents copd. Grandparents lung cancer.

     
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    Old 04-20-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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    Hi sign, Im sorry you are going through this & i would be a little nervous too at first especially finding out accidentally. But, its a good thing that you found out so it can be watched. I wouldnt want to wait either & would want to see a pulmonary dr just to have an expert's opinion. It will be ok though, it will.

     
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    Old 04-20-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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    Thanks for the fast response. I will definitely look for a pulmonary specialist! I am hoping for the best.

     
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    Old 04-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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    Hi cancerismysign, Sure! I will be hoping with you too! My mom has this & her drs said it was normal for her ex smoking history & hasnt caused her any problems. So glad you found us here at healthboards & welcome!

     
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    Old 04-22-2014, 01:49 PM   #5
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    Hi I am new to the board. I went for a ct scan to Ck on a clogged artery in my neck. Doctor decided to do a chest ct scan in addition to the neck. Chest ct scan showed 6 X 8 mm scarring and several nodules up to 4 X 6 mm. My PCP states we will follow up in 6 months with another ct scan. Should I push for one sooner? I quit smoking 20 yrs ago but was exposed to 2nd hand smoke for 25 yrs growing up. I am going to see a kidney Dr soon for possible kidney disease. Blood work is off. Other issues. Hypothyroid. Migraines. Degenerative disc disease. Any suggestions or advice? I guess I am just nervous. Both parents copd. Grandparents lung cancer.
    Hi, I'm a newbie too. This is my first post. I too have scarring and nodules in my lungs and they were first discovered by accident during a kidney CT scan. That was back in 2005. I was told to stay away from sprays, smoke etc. and I probably would never have to be on oxygen (like my mom who has advanced COPD and Emphysema). My diagnosis was mild COPD with bronchitis. I was given an albuterol inhaler to use as needed. In 2009 my lung dr. added Symbicort. I was having a CT scan once a year and it showed no changes. Then they stopped the yrly CT scans (saying they could cause cancer and were only needed if the doctor saw changes etc.) In 2012 my routine lung function test showed my lungs went from mild to moderate/severe (had me with a lung age of 80 and I'm 57). I have been dealing with other health issues during this time (2 peroneal ankle tendon transfers in 13 months - a lot of pain and I'm still dealing with it.) I knew my lungs weren't as good as they had been. but I ignored it and told myself it was because of the pain medications. Anyway... my lung doctor sent me to the best in our area UNC Chapel Hill NC where I went through some test and they are reviewing my scans now. I go back on 5/6/2014. The Dr. there told me I have moderate COPD with bronchitis and lung nodules and restrictive lung disease. He is leaning towards a possible deep infection. In the family of TB but not contagious. If that is what it is then I would have to take antibiotics for a year or longer. He said there are 100's of things that can cause these tiny nodules (just like you have). He said he does not feel I have cancer. He said I will most likely be scheduled for a lung bronchoscopy when I come back. That's the only way of knowing what it truly is and how to treat it. So....I hope my situation helps you in some way. I wouldn't stress over the nodules. If there aren't many and your lung function test remains the same (I'd push for a CT scan yearly. The lung specialist that I saw said they can do them yearly.) Stay away from smoke, sprays etc. and exercise. They always tell me that. Most importantly - get with a good lung specialist! I'll keep you posted and you do the same. Lifting you up in prayer.

     
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    Re: scarring & nodules in lungs

    For what it's worth, lung nodules aren't all that uncommon. Way back when X-rays were the only penetrative diagnostic tool available, they usually went unnoticed because of the low resolution of the X-ray, which was capable of seeing a "mass" but not small nodules. CTs and MRIs have changed all that, though, and now nodules turn up frequently simply because they can be seen.

    I understand your anxiety about a second scan, but urge you not to worry overmuch. Considering the size of your largest nodule, the chances are pretty good that it's nothing to worry about. In fact, 6mm is so small that it can't even reasonably be biopsied. The time to start worrying -a little- is when a nodule in excess of 10mm is detected.

    My own case may reassure you. I had five nodules "accidentally" detected during a CT scan for another purpose, the largest of which was 8mm. My doctor set me up for a re-examination three months thereafter. Needless to say, that was a nervous three months. However, the second scan showed no growth, no changes in color or size, and two of them had "resolved" (gone away) altogether. The docs want another look in year or so, but no more often because of X-ray exposure.

    I think you'll be just fine.

    Good luck and God bless,

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    Old 07-16-2014, 05:14 AM   #7
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    My apologies for the late response. I haven't been on this site in a while and I guess I didn't see the updates in my email. Thank you so much Mariner403 and Sherrywa for telling me about what happened to you and giving me hope. I have a pulmonary Dr visit soon. I will be getting another scan in September and the kidney disease is a definite but luckily I don't need dialysis yet. My family history is crap, many die in their 50's and 60 ' s. I am in my late 40's so that is part of my worry :/ I am sending prayers and positive thoughts to you both. I am enjoying every day and am trying not to think about anything until the next scan. Thanks again!

     
    Old 09-16-2014, 02:38 AM   #8
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    Just a quick note to anyone new to this post or any following. I saw a kidney Dr who diagnosed me with stage III chronic kidney disease. Not a big deal my kidneys still operate at a decent rate. He said a lil bit low for my age group mid to late 40's. I am going to have my follow up lung scan later this month. Recently I have noticed sprays such as cleaning products and nail polish etc all bother me. I feel them in my lungs at times causing me to cough. This is something new. I also have a visit with the Pulmonary Dr. For a PFT after my scans. Other than that living life and trying to enjoy every day. I hope the rest of you are hanging in there.

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    Old 09-16-2014, 09:52 AM   #9
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    So sorry you are having these health issues. My lung problems were also caught during another procedure. I was having a CT of my kidneys and my nodules showed up. Jump forward about 7 yrs later and I now see a great pulmonary doctor at UNC CHAPEL HILL in NC. I have COPD and was just diagnosed with MAC lung disease. I do think you should see a pulmonary specialist. I would not worry though. What I have learned about nodules is this: they are white spots on the CT scan and they can be anything from mucous, fluid, to a cyst. My lung function test declined greatly over the last year. A CT test showed an increase in nodules so I recently had a bronchoscopy done. Testing revealed I have MAC and that is what caused more nodules. I am being treated for that now. When I was first diagnosed with the nodules they told me it was most likely scarring from bronchiitis and unless they changed in some way (they watched them via CT scans off and on for 6 yrs.) I didn't need to do anything. They did put me on an inhaler and SPIRIVA and Symbicort to help my COPD. That's probably your case too, BUT put your worries to rest and go see a lung specialist. Let us know how you are doing. I will be praying for you.

     
    Old 09-16-2014, 11:33 AM   #10
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    Thanks SherryWA so much for your support. My hubby and I hope to move to NC or SC one day. Maybe I will end up with great doctors like yours. I will keep you posted and all the best with your health. Prayers!

     
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    A new update. PCP did a peak flow test. Dr. Let me try 6 times and as we know they take your top 3 numbers (which were my last) my lungs are at 70%. It was a little bit of a surprise to me. The only things I have noticed is cleaning products and sprays bothering my lungs. I am just waiting for my scan. I want a diagnosis already happy Friday to all.

     
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    Ok the good news is that my nodules are the same. I have to follow up in 6 months. The weird news is they saw what appears to be my thymus. It was seen on the previous scan. Supposedly the thymus should be microscopic by adulthood. Hhhhmmmm? Pulmonary visit in October to figure out my 70% lung function.

     
    Old 09-25-2014, 07:09 PM   #13
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    That is good news! They will probably put you on inhaled meds like Spiriva and/or Symbicort and maybe a nebulizer treatment once a day. I would not worry. When my function was at 70% and my nodules were unchanged that's what they did and just kept a watch on my functions and did an xray once a year and a CT scan when functions went down. They use to do CT scans once a year but now they only do them if they have a reason like functions going down or your sick. Keep us posted. Blessings & Hugs

     
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    Thanks SherryWA. I am thankful. Just wondering about the thymus showing up in the scan. Hopefully it is nothing.

     
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