Pneumonia and Lung Nodules? Help!
This post is about my mom, however; she has been very ill and uable to research her illness, so I am taking the step. I have really enjoying reading all of your posts and am excited to be a new member. It seems like you all have a great support group.
Mom went to the emergency room with chest pains a month ago. They observed her for a night and did not find anything. Five days later on April 14 she had a high fever, chills, chest pain, short of breath etc. She went to the doc. said she had pneumonia and put her in the hospital for 6 days. Her white blood count jumped up to 23,000.
Three weeks later she is still suffering from severe chest pain, short of breath, diareha, bad cough, losing weight, extremely weak. The only symptom that is better is that her fever is gone, and her blood work looks good.
We went back to a different doc. last week and after all of the chest x-rays they have done, she found something suspicious. We went for the cat-scan and it showed up as: 2 nonspecific noncalcified lung nodules, with the advice to get a pet-scan in 4-6 weeks. We are in the midst of getting an appt. with a pulmonologist.
She quite smoking right before the onset of her pneumonia, but smoked for 40 years. She has also had nodules about 20 yrs. ago that calcified and were nothing.
I have seen that alot of you have had similar posts about nodules, and would LOVE any feedback! Is there a correlation with the pneumonia and nodules? Could it be cancer? I would love to know if anyone has had any similar situations. Sorry this is so long, I am just so concerned!