ladder Posted February 5, 2021 Share Posted February 5, 2021 are there any similarities that anyone has read of? i am about to go get checked for lung cancer soon as i have had some strange aches/pains in my back and ribs since the end of december. i am 45 years old and have smoked for over 25 years, i'm guessing that is going to end after this cancer scare whether i have it or not. here's the thing - i am pretty certain i had caught covid last feb/march. we didn't really have tests to go around yet if you recall, except for hospital staff and others. at the time they had told us to quarantine a couple weeks if we think we may have been exposed. so i did. and i caught symptoms within a couple days, starting with a ticklish cough, but a few days later the worst symptom - shortness of breath stayed with me for a few days. it resolved pretty much as they said it would. a few days of breathing issues and feeling like my teeshirts were tight around my neck. a bunch more symptoms tbh, just nothing as notable as the attack on my lungs. strange headache for a day or two, digestive tract felt a bit off, i even think it inflammed my heartsack. all things considered i would have called it a moderate case, never caught a fever but had symptoms as described. i have a question or two and hoping for a little advice as well. has anyone read or heard anything about confusing what might normally be lung cancer symptoms with the effects of covid? it's hard to google as everything that comes up is the danger of covid to lung cancer patients. also, how should i approach getting scanned for cancer? i will be getting a primary doctor soon and have only sought medical attention from urgent care as necessary most of my adult life. if this is happening how do i make sure i will be properly scanned so they don't miss anything? i have read that insurance doesn't want to pay to get you a CT scan unless there is something that will force them to. any advice on choosing a primary doctor? i haven't had one since i was a child. ps: my symptoms - starting about a month ago, i started noticing a strange feeling in the middle of my spine as well as sometimes on my right lower rib area, sometimes on my left rib area sometimes in my back in the ribs. full disclosure i have still been smoking, and actually have smoked (and drank) more during the last year than normal. i'm giving myself until after the superbowl to enjoy these two vices. the cigarette quit for life and the alcohol quit for a reasonable amount of time. mainly since drinking makes me want to smoke, but also bc i did way too much drinking this last year. 2021 needs to be a healthy year, whether i'm battling cancer or just getting my lungs and general health back. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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