Sep 01, 2013 - 10:44 pm
I am 55yrs. old and have been having numerous health issues over the past year. After numerous UTIs, my primary doctor ordered a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis area. The CT scan showed a 3mm lung nodule in my lower left lobe that was believed to be partially calcified. I was referred to a pulmonologist who I first saw mid-May. The pulmonologist sent me for a CT scan. I just had my follow up appointment last week. The CT showed the 3mm partially calicified nodule and a second 8mm non-calcified nodule adjacent to the mediastinum in the upper left lobe. For the past couple of months, I have been experiencing low oxygen levels. While awake, my oxygen levels range between 89-95 (usually 92-94), and at night they drop to 79-80 percent (I was experiencing tingling on the left side of my face, and the urgent care sent me to the ER, and I dozed off a few times. My husband said I had set off the alarm twice when my oxygen level dropped to 79 and 80 percent). I've also had shortness of breath, decreased appetite, headaches, joint pain, dizziness (I've fallen 5 times and have come close to falling several times), fatigue, and most recently an unproductive cough and horseness.
I saw my pulmonologist a week ago. I let him know about the low oxygen levels at the hospital and my other symptoms. It wasn't until my neurologist asked what the pulumonogist was planning to do about the nodules (she has access to my results at the pulmonologist's office), and I told her he said he'd see me four months. In addition to these lung nodules, I have monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance - MGUS (diagnosed last December). I am being watched to make sure it doesn't go into smoldering or multiple myloma. I guess all of this has got me a little spooked as my grandfather died at 56 years of age of lung cancer. My parents are after me to go to UCLA Medical Center to be evaluated. Just to give me some piece of mind (and them as well). My insurance will cover the costs at UCLA, so that isn't a factor.
Am I over reacting to the CT scan? Waiting for four months for any follow-up seems a little too long.