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A new worry

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Jeaniegirl posted 4/13/2021 12:57 PM

I'm going to my Primary Care physician in a few minutes to have an x-ray on my right lung. I need to bring him up to date on whats going on - and I WANT to see an X-ray of the lung. I'm still freaked out about what the guy said - who did the Pet Scan. I'm not sure he was supposed to tell me anything. He said he's been doing them for 15 years.

Just want to get this done and over with.

Jeaniegirl posted 4/13/2021 14:32 PM

Had X-ray and both lungs look totally clean. Nothing showed up on X-ray at all. My primary care doc said a Pet Scan showed his mother had colon cancer - and she didn't. He told me to quit worrying and go have the biopsy.

BearlyBreathing posted 4/13/2021 15:03 PM

Great news!!

thatbpguy posted 4/13/2021 15:32 PM

I just have this feeling everything will be fine,.

number4 posted 4/13/2021 15:35 PM

Had X-ray and both lungs look totally clean. Nothing showed up on X-ray at all.

Woohoo!! That must be a huge relief.

Jeaniegirl posted 4/13/2021 16:42 PM

Lungs show up as black on x-ray as that is air. He said if there was something there the size of a DIME, it would show up as white. It didn't. Of course he's not a specialists, just my primary care doc but it DID make me feel better to SEE my lungs. He said to have the biopsy but to request a CT scan prior to the biopsy. I WILL do that.

DragnHeart posted 4/13/2021 17:00 PM

How does a Pet Scan differ from a CT or MRI?

When an x ray didn't show a reason for severe shoulder pain i was sent for an MRI. Never heard of a Pet scan.

Im glad your doctor said not to worry.

ZenMumWalking posted 4/13/2021 17:06 PM


It must be so very distressing to keep getting conflicting and incomplete information. See what you can do to let go of that.

Perhaps think of it this way - each specialist (or non-specialist!!) has a tendency to see things his/her own way, to the exclusion of all else. Like the blind people positioned at different parts of an elephant - one is at the ears, one at the nose, one at a leg, etc..... each one has a different perception of what an elephant looks like.

You'll know when you know, and not a moment sooner. Do your best to remember that if you do start to worry.

And remember all us SI peeps here who have your back (and lung!!) and are sending you strength, mojo and positive, healing, clear biopsy-and-CT-results thoughts.


ZenMumWalking posted 4/13/2021 18:18 PM


CT (computerized tomography) scan is like an x-ray, except that the pictures are taken at multiple angles and computed to give a 3-D view (an ordinary x-ray only gives a 2-D view).

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses radio waves and magnets, not radiation, to produce an image. In many cases, either CT or MRI can equally be used. Sometimes MRI gives clearer results. MRI might also be preferred if someone has had many CT scans, so that the risks of radiation are reduced.

PET (positron emission tomography) scan is used to look at organs (or blood) as opposed to bones. It produces images that are less detailed that CT or MRI. There is also a combo PET-CT that can increase the information from a PET scan.

More than you wanted to know??

DragnHeart posted 4/13/2021 18:56 PM

More than you wanted to know??

I know about CT and MRI. Guess i could have just googled Pet scan.

I just wonder why not go for the most detailed imaging from the start instead of step by step.

I also think that the imaging techs should keep their mouths shut. Sure they may know what they see but they aren't the doctor. Just seems to cause more stress for the patient.

ZenMumWalking posted 4/13/2021 19:44 PM

I just wonder why not go for the most detailed imaging from the start instead of step by step.

Well, it's not the case that one is always better - the information and advantages/disadvantages are somewhat complementary.

I agree that the medical peeps should keep their mouths shut until all the results are in. It does more harm than good to say something like that.

humantrampoline posted 4/14/2021 12:46 PM

Wow!! Great News!!

That's awesome.

somanyyears posted 4/14/2021 16:15 PM

Like Covid isn't enough to deal with..

Any pain can usually be handled with drugs (doctor prescribed of course ) I'm counting on this to be true when the dentist rips my lower jaw apart in a couple of weeks!!

...sending moocho-major-mojo for your speedy recovery.

..are you sure you're not just constipated?


Jeaniegirl posted 4/14/2021 16:53 PM


Jeaniegirl posted 4/14/2021 16:53 PM

double post

[This message edited by Jeaniegirl at 2:30 PM, April 17th (Saturday)]

Jeaniegirl posted 4/14/2021 16:57 PM

STILL no call from the hospital to set up the biopsy.

Jeaniegirl posted 4/17/2021 13:46 PM

It's been one week and one day since I received the call that I would need a biopsy on the lung spot. STILL no call from the hospital to set up a day and time. I called the lung doc yesterday but had to leave a message. I called early and no call back all day. WAY to go! Tell someone they have a spot on their lung and then not follow through with medical appointment. Geez.

somanyyears posted 4/17/2021 15:29 PM


here in Canada, it seems all too common that if tests and scans don't find anything wrong worth telling you about, they don't call you.

They just let you assume you're going to survive, partly because they couldn't be bothered to call you and tell you..."You're fine, you've got nothing to worry about! It's just a touch of constipation.

...but you're right, a call would be nice eh?

Sending mojo


DragnHeart posted 4/17/2021 17:34 PM

Smy is right.

Never call with test results. I know some labs now let you view the results on a secure server.

Now Genetics has always called, no matter what the results were.

Jeaniegirl. I would be livid in your situation.

My message wouldn't be so nice lol

"You tell me i have a spot on my lung which could mean my frigging death and causing me great stress and yet youre dragging your feet getting me the biopsy. Get with the program!!!"

Jeaniegirl posted 4/17/2021 17:56 PM

I already have the test results so that's not it. At least three specialists have viewed the results of the Pet Scan. Test results were given to me a week ago yesterday (Friday the 9th) and the PA for the lung doc told me I must have a biopsy on the 'spot.' She said the hospital would call me 'the first part of the week' to set up day and time for me to come in for the biopsy. It's a huge hospital and I have no idea even where they do biopsies at the facility. I was told they would call ME. It's just stressful that I haven't heard anything.

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