Hello everyone. I am a 41-year old male and a new user of this forum. I'm hoping someone can give me some input. I am very nervous, pending visit with pulmonologist.
1. For the past few weeks, whenever I take a deep breath, at the END of the breath, I feel a sharp pain in my lungs. Basically middle of my back, off to the left slightly.
2. I should mention I have been smoking about one pack of cigarettes daily for 25-years. For the last year, I also vape, and smoke. Terrible, I know. I picked up vaping to stop smoking, which worked. I quit for about a year using the Blu, which I swear was worse. Either way, I started smoking again, and instead of using the Blu, I switched to regular vape as it was cheaper, where I fill up the tanks. About three tanks daily.
3. Went to urgent care to explain shortness of breath. Doctor listened, said all sounded great. Did a pulse ox, said all is good, lungs are working, something about 98%. Chest x-ray, he didn't see anything. He suggested I go for a ct-scan because I don't complain often and the fact I was having trouble breathing, he was concerned. Wanted to check for a pulmonary embolism.
4. Went for ct-scan, results on the spot, no pulmonary embolism.
5. Two days later, call from someone, found three nodules, one at 6.7MM. Wasn't sure was she was saying, so I said 'are you telling me I have lung cancer', she said 'i don't know, maybe, it's 50/50, go see a pulmonologist.
6. I decided to read the report from the ct-scan and I'm trying to make sense of it. Google is just making things worse for me.
Here are the details, hopefully someone can offer some input.
I appreciate it.
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LYMPH NODES: No adenopathy.
PLEURA: No pleural thickening or effusion.
BRONCHI: No bronchial wall thickening. No filling defect.
Series 6, image 38 and 41: Noncalcified nodule along the posterior aspect of the right
major fissure measuring 6.6 mm. This likely represent an intrafissural lymph node. There
is an adjacent smaller noncalcified nodule measuring 3.7 mm. This also is likely an
intrafissural lymph node.
Series 6, image 36: Noncalcified nodule along the right minor fissure measuring.
No CT findings to explain shortness of breath.
No pulmonary embolism.
Three peri-fissural noncalcified nodules along the posterior aspect of the right major
fissure x2 and along the minor fissure x1. These likely represent intrapulmonary lymph
nodes. Recommend management per Fleischner Society Society guidelines, 2019.