Jul 19, 2013 - 8:57 pm
Hi, I am a cross over from the breast cancer discussion boards.
I have been having a cough problem since January 2013.I had influenza and I figured it settled in my chest and aggravated my asthma. I went through heck in 2007 with a cough like that. I finally got a little relief in part of April.
In late April, the cough turned to a terrible cough again, crackling when I exhale when sitting or lying down, a terrible wheeze and chest tightness. I do have asthma.
In February 2013, I had an xray done for appenidicits. Because of mistakes made during the surgery, I got all my medical records. The left lung showed atelectasis. My doctor told me to ignore it. But put me on 14 days of Levaquin. No relief. She put me on 10 more days. I called in to say no relief and the nurse told me to go to the walk in immediately because something serious was in my lung. I argued that most of the time when I go to the walk in, they don't do anything.
Well, I went, and the doc said nothing he can do for me but send me to a pulmonologist.
I saw him. He ordered a CT Scan and some pulmonary function testing. The results came back. Yes I have asthma, but the CT Scan showed problems in the left lung and two slightly enlarged lymph nodes.
I like my pulmonologist. He says he will find out what is wrong with me.He wants a biopsy and two slightly enlarged lymph nodes removed. He did bring up cancer. He said it didn't look like cancer, but of course, can't know 100% until the biopsy. He did say it could be any number of diseases.
I was too shocked to ask how large the area is, etc. I will have a list for my appt. with the thoracic surgeon.
The lung doc said I would be in the hospital a couple of days.
I was wondering if anyone of you could share whaht the basic lung biopsy is like, and removing two lymph nodes? I would greatly appreciate any responses. What is the recovery like for those that had it?
I already have Lymphdedema on the chest and have severe pain issues from the nerves being nicked during surgery. I imagine my recovery will be a bit more painful due to the neuropathy.