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Geez, I have a mild hernia and needed a diagnosis. It was difficult to get in to my regular doctor it being the holiday week and all.

The ER agreed I have a mild hernia but since I was already there, I asked for a CT scan.
It revealed some sort of mass on my left kidney and a right lung nodule so now I am totally freaked out.

Obviously all of us are want to cling to whatever we read in the literature that works in our favor regarding these things so that's what I am doing.
I have had some history of neural fibromas taken off some of my skin in the past, and have been told all my life I have lung scarring from a severe case of pneumonia as a child as seen on x-rays.
I also have a history of weird polyps in my nasal cavities a few years back, the worst that doctor had ever seen after he removed them. I was completely blocked.

I see a urologist on Monday to begin the process of diagnosis for the kidney thing as a start.

Great, just great, the Big C scare we all dread.

And so it goes. And yeah, I have to admit I am quite shook up. The wife is a basket case.

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Sorry to hear this. Praying for you LBJ.



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Good luck I hope everything works out in the next tests.


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Arg pirates, one heck of way to bring in the new year.

You know, by rights, I shouldn't even know about these things as a CT scan was not called for in this instance. Typically, you get a hernia, it gets diagnosed, you get surgery.

However, something told me to ask for the CT scan, and the ER doctor agreed to my request.

Otherwise, I would be sitting here waiting for my surgery happy as a clam and not knowing about all these other things that might be wrong.

But now I have a sense of dread.


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And you are correct, I have no official diagnosis at this point.

It is noted in the medical literature that if one has a history of neural fibromas, which are benign, they have been seen in kidneys.


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It ain't C til they say it's C.


This.

Still sending prayers your way, lbj.




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But wait, there is more.

The mind can play tricks on oneself, and mine is.
Obviously, there is pain from the mild hernia.
But ever since the CT scan, I can sometimes feel pain in my kidney and my left lung began to hurt.

Then I read the ER sheets they gave me, and it's my right lung, not my left.

Now I am waiting for my mind to play tricks again and my right lung to begin hurting.

The mind is a funny thing.


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Sorry to hear this. But as the others have said, no need to assume the worse until you know more. For now, I hope your surgery is completely smooth and the diagnosis is benign.




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I'm sorry to hear this, Boss! Take care of yourself and prayers sent! Keep us posted.


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damn.

I hope it turns out to be something else, anything else.
 
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Well crap, this my own doing.
If I hadn't specifically requested the CT scan, I wouldn't know about any of this.

Someone asked me recently that if I had one wish, what would it be.
I said that I wanted to live long enough to take care of all my family members until they didn't need my care anymore.

Geez, I might have gotten my wish.
I just didn't think it might come so soon.


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I wish you the best of luck.

A CT Scan of me showed I had a mass on my adrenal gland that turned out to be nothing.

A CT scan that shows something unexpected can be a blessing though you may not feel that way now. If it turns out to be something more serious, doing early treatment can be a huge life saver.

I get yearly CT scans now and one is coming up soon. No doubt that does put me on pins and needs until I hear what my Oncologist has to say.


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A blood test shows kidney function is excellent and above average for my age.

White cell count high normal, but could be because of my inflamed excema skin condition.


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Oh you are going to have more tests and probably going to need to go see to some specialists.

Hang in there though I know it is not easy, especially right after you get the news that something was found.


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Arg pirates, one heck of way to bring in the new year.

You know, by rights, I shouldn't even know about these things as a CT scan was not called for in this instance. Typically, you get a hernia, it gets diagnosed, you get surgery.

However, something told me to ask for the CT scan, and the ER doctor agreed to my request.

Otherwise, I would be sitting here waiting for my surgery happy as a clam and not knowing about all these other things that might be wrong.

But now I have a sense of dread.



I had a congenital defect in my "belly button" area that led to a baseball-sized hernia in my early 40s, in 2009.

It was time to have it repaired, so I went to the doc who wanted a CT scan first. He came back a few days later with "we're not fixing your hernia right now. You have cancer."

I am now almost 7 years from that initial diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Had two heavy rounds of chemo (remission, relapse, remission again) and years of maintenance chemo. I've been in remission now for nearly 4 years.

If I can offer support in any way, let me know. Looking back, I am fortunate to have had the hernia, as odd as that sounds. The cancer symptoms were not obvious and it may have progressed too far otherwise.



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Hoping for something insignificant. The not knowing is always agonizing and the docs don't exactly rush to tell you anything, good or bad.
 
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Prayers for the best possible outcome.




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Lung nodules are actually quite common, and are usually nothing to worry about.

I learned this earlier this year when they found a nodule on my right lung. It was indeed benign, but the not knowing had me a bit freaked out of course.

Hope everything turns out to be nothing. Smile
 
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Sending good thoughts your way lbj.
 
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Pretty similar to my cancer story, went in for one thing came out with a cancer diagnosis.


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