Apr 10, 2013 - 2:24 pm
I had my regular onc visit on April 2nd. I mentioned that I was having a little trouble breathing and she suggested I get more exercise. I thought that was an odd thing to say to someone who had just complained about shortness of breath just walking to the mailbox so I asked if she was certain I didn't have fluid around my lungs. She decided to send me for a chest x-ray. Yesterday I got a call from the onc's office telling me when my PET scan was scheduled later this month so I asked if they had the results of my chest x-ray. I was told they would print the report and give it to the NP who would call me later with the results. I finally got the call just before 5 PM after waiting most of the day and she said I do have fluid (not sure if she said in or around my right lung) and that it would be drained and I should feel much better afterwards. This is my first experience with fluid and only knew to ask about it from reading on this board that some of you have had similar problems. I don't know what causes the fluid or exactly how they drain it. I read that Lyrica can cause shortness of breath so I stopped taking it last week. I also read that Xeloda can also cause shortness of breath so I am thinking about not taking it anymore. I guess I will have to call and insist on seeing my onc to get everything explained to me because my imagination is going places I don't really want to go. Otherwise, I'm not scheduled to see her again until April 30th. I planned on getting a copy of the report from the x-ray today but it is so cold and rainy today that I decided to wait until tomorrow. If any of you have had to deal with fluid in or around the lungs, I would really appreciate you sharing your experience with me.