Feb 04, 2013 - 6:02 pm
I found all of you by accident as part of succumbing to Googling lung nodules.
I came down with the cold/flu that was epidemic this year. After 6 wks my MD decided to do a chest xray to rule out pneumonia. I went directly from her office to the appointment. 2 hrs later my MD called and told me I had pneumonia but they'd also noticed 2 nodules and wanted me to have a CT scan after completing a 10-day round of antibiotics for pneumonia.
10 days later, I had a CT scan. MD called that afternoon and told me that I have 2 nodules. Not calcified. One is 16mm in the upper right lobe of your lung and another smaller one in the lower right lobe.' The radiologist and MD then recommended a PET Scan - I'm having that done in 2 days.
Ignorance is bliss. I've made it through a couple weeks of not trying to panic, now I'm not doing so good. I've been writing the nodules off to Valley Fever - which most people in AZ end up having at one point or another, but my MD didn't really encourage that idea. So, I started Googling - a good thing in many ways, but now I've some statistics and I'm not feeling so secure.
The PET Scan doesn't sound like the end-result as I thought, but more like the step before "how are we going to treat this?"
I guess I'm looking for someone to hold my hand for a moment, pat me on the head and tell me it's going to be okay.