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Skagway Jack
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I had my annual scan today.  This represents year two since intial dx.  They did a no-contrast CT and a with contrast MRI.  This was the first time I have had a MRI.  Now I wait to meet with my Doctors.  Monday I meet up with my urologist /surgeon and Wednesday I meet a new oncologist.  With a little luck I will have llittle to meet about.  My only concern is that over the last year I have picked up a chronic cough that occurs and odd intervals and is often non-productive.   I have never had asthma, but i did experience my first case of bronchitis last December.   Drugs have no impact and infact the worst coughing spells occur after periods of inactivity like driving or watching TV but not usually when i am sleepng.  Running will bring it on mildly. So now its down to Monday before I get the scan results.

I did get the tech to tell me my GFR and it was a 54, which is pretty good for me.  I celebrated the completion of my scans with 18 holes of golf.    I do dislike the waiting game though.  

 

Jack

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Will keep fingers crossed for the good scans ! 

Could your cough be due to acid reflux?

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Skagway Jack
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I spent some time over the last few months in less than desireable climates while working,  so I have thought that perhaps it was related to the poor air quality of these remote sites?  I had never considered acid reflux as I have not had issues with that before. What bothers me most is it will go away for a few days and then out of the blue will cause a major coughing fit.  Just as I think its improving it returns. What other symptoms might the acid reflux give?

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With reflux, there could be heartburn, it is a major sign for common reflux version, when esophagus is affected. But there is also so called "silent reflux", when there is no heartburn, but throat suffers - there could be cough, sore throat from time to time, feeling that smth is stuck in throat. My partner and me both had silent refluxes. I had cough as a main symptom, he - feeling that something stuck in throat. This cough is due to irritation by stomach acid. 

The fact that your cough comes and goes could point that your cause is intermittent, and mets are NOT intermittent ...

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Wishing you the best scan results and may your hear that special word NED. Allochka makes sense with the acid reflux. Keeping fingers crossed for you.

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Met with my Urologist today, but alas the radiologist reports had not been received. He did a cursory review, but I will have to wait for my meeting with the Oncologist to get official results.  Lab work was good though, so some good news to hang my hat on.   More on Wednesday.

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Tom Petty wrote a song about this---the waiting is the hardest part. 

The last 20-30 minutes in the waiting room of my doctor to review scan results is the worst.  Feels like eternity.

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Those lyrics have been going through my head too...I might get brave someday and sing it in the waiting room.

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be the best medicine sometimes.

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Pos-Mental,  I will remember that tomorrow while I am in the waiting room.  Thanks to all for the good wishes.  I feel good about things, but I will be glad to get this over with and move on.  I meet with the Oncologist tomorrow afternoon. 

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What's after the visit? Pizza and beer?

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FOX, Yes a fine draft will be in order!  I think a IPA locally produced will do nicely,  thanks.

Jack

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Prayers for great news today!

mrou50
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Wishing you good news from the scans.

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Wishing you good news

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Skagway, this seems like a really long wait!! I keep checking to see if you got results yet!! Hoping for champagne and fine drafts!

Hugs

Jojo

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Thinking of you today, Jack. Hoping you get good news.

We're here for you, no matter what!

Hugs, Jan

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Are you on Lisinopril or other BP meds?  They can make you have dry throat, which produces a cough.  And I found out a few years ago that I have developed a mild asthma, that gets worse with the pollen seansons.

But let's hope they find zilch, nada, zip on your test.

Donna

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Best wishes,  

Bell

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Wow it was a long wait, and good things sometimes take time.  Its a NED for me!  All good with one minor hiccup....another small cyst on my remaining Kidney.   The oncologist did not think the new cyst was anything to be worried about it was very small. Lungs were clear, which i had been worried about due to a chronic cough.  Will probably have to have that checked out with a regular doc, but my worries are relieved.  Thanks to all for their prayers and nice thoughts.  Now for that IPA!!

Jack

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Great news!  NED rocks!

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Congrats! That's awesome!!

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that's great news!

 

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Such great news!  So very happy for you!  I checked twice today to see if you had posted already.  Im assuming you had that beer or maybe two!

Our stories are similar and I too have had a cold and had been worried.  Guess it's normal to worry.  Now you can relax!  Sleep tight.

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The beer followed by sushi!  Once again, thanks to all for the well wishes. I can rest easy for another year. Here is hoping all the fine folks on the forum good results with their scans!

 

Jack

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Congrats!!!! :-)

 

yep, cough possible due to throat dryeness and irritation. Anyway, the worst reason for cough is excluded, the rest are benign :-)

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Such good news!! Love it!

Hugs

Jojo

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Wonderful news; so happy for you. I too have a small cyst on my other kidney and one on the kidney that had the nephrectomy. Both under 1 cm so we're just watching them. Here's hoping they're just harmless annoyances for both of us :) Doc doesn't think they're of concern. Cysts are very common, apparently. Great news about clear lungs. That's always a worry especially with a cough. I used to be a smoker for many years before I quit so I'm always dreading the chest x-ray.

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YAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!!! Smile

 

Whew.. now you can relax and live life!

BTW: Acid reflux can cause a chronic cough too.. just sayin..

Hugs, Jan

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P.S. oh and allergies can sometimes cause a chronic cough

Good luck figuring out what this is..

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Jan,  Thanks, allergies have been mentioned, but my enviroment has changed a lot over the last ffew months.  I was overseas for about 6 months then all over the US since.   The Onc mentioned that I should try a saline rinse for my sinuses and see if that helps.  I was in some really dusty enviroments and one of my friends has said it took him nearly a year and a half to clear his lungs after returning, so I am hoping that I follow his lead and this goes away mostly on its own.  It seems a lot less ominous now that I know its not caused by mets. 

Jack

Shecka1121
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Happy for you on your good report.  Another year down and many more to go!  

a_oaklee
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Congratulations on the good news Jack.  Sounds like your cough is from enviromental causes.

 

I am alive
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I am so happy for you, Jack!

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