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I have been reading your stories and can see the wonderful support offered to each other. The kindness and community is incredible on here. I am humbled at what challenges many of you are facing and the dignity and grace you exhibit...and meanwhile are such a support to others on here.
These are my concerns. I will welcome any insight or thoughts or opinions any of you have to spare:
So I have been having some pretty scary symptoms all year but have gotten worse in the last couple of months. I have had a lot scans done in my abdomen because I had pain and bleeding coming from there. ER visits until I could actually get an colonoscopy which took forever and everything in the colonoscopy turned out fine. I have had a chronic high wbc for quite a few years that I am now just seeing a hematologist for. I get the results of those blood test on Monday which I am frightned about. Here is my concern as far as lung cancer goes: Chest muscle pain, upper back pain (unexplanible) and a cough going on over 6 weeks now. I also have some swelling going on which I am scared of. On top of all this, I have had some other crazy symptoms that I am just too tired to get into, but shortness of breath, dizzines, heart palpatations that were just so scary. Because I already had 3 ct scans this year of abdomen, and about 4 chest xrays I am very scared to get yet another CT scan (not to mention ct scans I've had over the years). I am afraid of all the radiation I had already had this year. I asked my doctor (actually a nurse practioner at my urgent care) for an MRI of the chest. She said ok. Now I called the MRI place to make sure that the MRI test that I was getting could detect any lung cancer and the MRI tech said no. It is not a good test to have to detect/diagnose lung cancer and that she was actually going to call my doctor because she was confused by the MRI script.
It took a while for this MRI to get approved and I don't want to lose it but at the same time, if it is not going to diagnose lung cancer, then I guess I have no choice but to get the CT scan done. Please, if you could help me with this, I would be so grateful. Talking to different medical staff and I get different answers. Thank you.