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Got a PET Scan coming up!
« on: May 14, 2017, 09:15:58 AM »
Got a PET Scan coming up on Tuesday, 16th for a 9mm nodule in my left lung.

I'm told by my Doctors that this usually has a positive outcome, but with my history of kidney cancer, being a heavy smoker for 35 years and working as a welder for many years, including time working in the shipyards with all that asbestos makes it a bit more concerning for me.

I'm rather stressed this time around... way more so than when I went through the kidney thing in 2013.
Prayers will be much appreciated about now.  :)

BTY... while all this is going on I'm in the middle of a struggle with my Lyrica dosage levels. My Dr had bumped me up to 600mg per day, but the side effects were (are) kicking my butt! If you watch on of the commercials on TV and check out the part where they list the side effects, I've got them all.  :o
She just cut me back to 400mg per day, but I think that's too low, we shall see though.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 09:22:42 AM »
Here's some of the detail from the scan that lead us to schedule a PET scan.

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CT ABDOMEN/PELVIS WO CONTRAST (STONE PROTOCOL)
INDICATIONS: PERSONAL HISTORY OF OTHER MALIGNANT NEOPLASM OF KIDNEY
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4. New 9 mm left lower lobe nodule. Chest CT could be helpful in further
evaluation.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2017, 10:15:58 AM »
I'll bet you are stressed out!

I've always joked about those commercials. How the list of side effects are longer than the rest of the actual commercial. There's a commercial for one drug that says if you can't breate call your doctor. How can you talk if you can't breathe??? Another says if you are feeling thoughts of suicide call your doctor. Isn't that contrary to what you want to do if you want to commit suicide? Most people don't want to tell that. Why sell a drug that would make you do that? Why does the FDA allow this???

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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2017, 02:02:33 PM »
Lyrica has a lot of those side effects.

This from their site; About Lyrica
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Important Safety Information & Indications
 
Important Safety Information
LYRICA is not for everyone.LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.

Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include  , dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.

LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how LYRICA affects you. Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain or problems along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision or if you have any kidney problems!!!!! or get dialysis.

Some of the most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of your hands and feet, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” If you have diabetes, tell your doctor about any skin sores.

You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if you are also taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors so tell your doctor if you are taking these medications. You may have a higher chance of swelling of your hands or feet or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes medicines. Do not drink alcohol while on LYRICA. You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if you take LYRICA with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety.

Before you start LYRICA, tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child, or if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking LYRICA. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.

In studies, a specific type of blood vessel tumor was seen in mice, but not in rats. The meaning of these findings in humans is not known.

Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often.
INDICATIONS

LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain and pain after shingles. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take 1 or more drugs for seizures.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2017, 05:00:23 PM »
Yes, but the commercials I see are a bit different. And do not say all of that or say it differently. But then again, they are trying to sell a product. :P

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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 09:42:28 AM »
Just remember to try to stay calm! Stress can only add to your problems!  Breathe deeply when you feel stressed and try to relax. :)

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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2017, 10:40:19 AM »
Good advice and I'm taking that into practice.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017, 03:50:22 PM »
The scan was OK, except for holding your arms above your head for 30 minutes.  :o
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2017, 05:48:45 PM »
Great! Did they give you the results yet?

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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2017, 06:31:50 PM »
Great! Did they give you the results yet?

Not yet... it should be a couple of days before the results are published.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2017, 08:41:58 PM »
Still no word on the results from the PET scan, going back to the Dr on Tuesday and should get some info then.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2017, 08:09:31 AM »
Keeping my fingers crossed...

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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2017, 01:24:58 PM »
Thanks.  8)
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2017, 04:51:39 PM »
Just got back from seeing my chest specialist and the news is a bit mixed. The scan showed that there are a few smaller nodules in both lungs, but for now he recommends taking a wait and see posture. In three months I'll go in for a CT scan to see if the nodules are any bigger and then decide from there on a course to follow.

At this point there is not any need to be stressed over this finding, but most definitely something to keep track of.
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Re: Got a PET Scan coming up!
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2017, 09:09:08 AM »
Good deal!!!