Pam.L Posted April 3, 2003 Share Posted April 3, 2003 Hello everyone, My name is Pam and I am new to this board. I have several medical problems right now and one that is really scaring me to death. I did not know where else to go!! I will tell you all a little about myself and then get to the point. I promise I will try to be brief.. I am 33, have 2 children and married for 15 years on the 15th of this month. I have had a total hysterectomy due to numerous female problems and now am faceing another surgery the 30th for recurring endomitriosis. After that I will have to have another surgery for bladder and bowel repair.. (Sorry guys, I know you can not relate to that one) I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 6 months ago and have been on meds to stabalize it. I also have DDD in my lower back and shoulder and 2 herniated discs in my lower back and am on the way to having epidural steroid injections. NOW IS THE SCARY ONE...... For the past month or so I have had problems with a cough and shortness of breath along with some chest pain that is more acheing that goes from the front of my chest behind my breast that radiated to my back. I have also been VERY fatigued and find myself wanting to sleep the day and night away. To answer a very important question, I have been a smoker for going on 18 years now. I have a family history of emphysemia and lung cancer. I was sent to the ER by way of ambulance for a possible blood clot after noticing my left ankle and calf were swollen and passing out that next morning. The ran several tests to check for a clot and did not find one. THey sent me home and told me I had bronchitis. I did get some disturbing test results that I tried to read myself and made things seem worse.I have not seem my regular Dr about the tesr results yet but am still having symptoms that she does not know about. I left a message today for her to call me to see if I can set up a PFT test and try and get an appt easlier than the one I have next Friday. The test that were ran were. PA & Lateral chest X-ray......... Cardiac silhouette is mildly enlarged, no focal consolidation, pulmonary edema or pnuemothorax. Venelation/Perfusion Scan.......... 2 large perfusion defects seen in posterior aspects of both lungs, unsure if due to artifact, recommend pulmonary angio. I was never given a pulmonary angio for some reason. I am on pain meds for the pelvic and back pain and I usually do not really notice the chest pain unless I do not keep my pain meds in me every 6 hours. I am very scared about what it is and fear lung cancer. I have never coughed up blood but do cough up phlem alot. I would really appreciate any help and support you can give, I do not know where else to turn!!! Pam Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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