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    Collapse of the left lower lobe

    I've having a lot of right flank pain and my NS sent me for a bone scan, kidney ultrasound, X-ray and an MRI....I was due for an MRI for my Spinal Cord Tumor and cyst. My NS didn't think that we would find the cause of the pain mainly due the complicated medical spinal issues, severe kyphosis/scoliosis. I went to see him and get the results, well he was right we didn't find the cause of my pain but found a few other things like, lesions in the liver and a small stone in the left kidney, no pinched never or fracture. they found a collapse of the left lower lobe or a pleural thinking or both....

    so my question is should I be worried? this isn't his area I have to wait to see what my GP thinks. I'm not having any breathing problems only sometimes just a little but nothing that's causing me any grief.

    MRI showed that there hasn't been any changes since 2007 to my cyst or tumour...well according to my NS there must be some changes because I have declined, I was walking back then but he seams to think the long term radiation has caused it. And the right flank pain is probably due to my bad posture..he said I have to learn to manage the pain, go to a pain clinic.

    I also forgot to mention that in my MRI they found 3 T2 hyperintense liver lesions, one 15mm, 9 and 6mm one is a simple cysts....

    looking forward from hearing any advise and your thoughts...maybe the SCI Nurses can answer
    Last edited by white; 03-01-2012 at 03:02 AM.
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    Quote Originally Posted by smashms View Post
    Should be worried Aout the lung thing, I think he should have admitted you on the spot with the lung thing
    you can live with on lung...he is NS he can't....thanks for your reply.......
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    You need to see your oncologist. You also should been seen by a pulmonary specialist. I am not clear about what you are saying is wrong with the lung. Do you have a plural effusion? A collapsed lobe? Plural thickening? Some other type of lung lesion? Are you having problems breathing or a low oxygen saturation?

    The liver lesions are especially worrisome. A kidney stone also needs attention (from your urologist).

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smashms View Post
    Dosen't matter if he is a NS he is a doctor right he can admit you and then consult with whoever needs to be brought in.
    Yes, indeed. If you have severe scoliosis, that in itself can cause (or contribute to) the collapse of a lung. It's inconceivable to me that a doctor would dismiss this on the basis that a person can live with one lung...if you have two of them, why not get them both up and running? Not to mention all the other issues that need looking into.

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    [QUOTE=SCI-Nurse;1498679]You need to see your oncologist. You also should been seen by a pulmonary specialist. I am not clear about what you are saying is wrong with the lung. Do you have a plural effusion? A collapsed lobe? Plural thickening? Some other type of lung lesion? Are you having problems breathing or a low oxygen saturation?

    The liver lesions are especially worrisome. A kidney stone also needs attention (from your urologist).

    (KLD)[/QUOTE

    I'm not having problems breathing, sometimes it's labored but that due to my server Kyphosis/Scoliosis

    ok the report reads: There is volume loss of the left hemithorax. There is either pleural thickening or or collapse of the left lobe, or a combination, accounting for abnormal soft tissue along the posteromedial aspect of the left hemithorax inferiorly. There is at least three T2 hyperintense liver lessions measuring 15,9 and 6mm in the liver. One of these is a simple cyst although the other lesioins are less T2 hyperintense. Solid lesions are not exclulded. The liver has been incompletely imaged.


    So should I be worried and could this be the cause of my flank pain??...my NS didn't elaborate on the lung or liver saying I need to talk to my GP...he just said he thinks my bad posture is causing my pain and I need to manage the pain and go see a pain clinic.
    Last edited by white; 03-01-2012 at 08:20 PM.
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Yes, indeed. If you have severe scoliosis, that in itself can cause (or contribute to) the collapse of a lung. It's inconceivable to me that a doctor would dismiss this on the basis that a person can live with one lung...if you have two of them, why not get them both up and running? Not to mention all the other issues that need looking into.
    no my doctor didn't say I could survive with one lung...that was my thoughts...all he said was I need to discuss this with my GP...his concern was to work out if the flank pain was cyst/tumour or never related...
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    Quote Originally Posted by smashms View Post
    Dosen't matter if he is a NS he is a doctor right he can admit you and then consult with whoever needs to be brought in.
    your sweet...I'm not dying nor is it an emergency...lol...my breathing is fine. it's the pain that worries me....once my NS sends his report to my GP I'll know more.

    thanks for posting..
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    Whew, I'm glad it wasn't your doctor who said that! Do go to your GP and follow up. Hope you will soon get to the bottom of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Whew, I'm glad it wasn't your doctor who said that! Do go to your GP and follow up. Hope you will soon get to the bottom of this.
    yes thanks for your posts...I'm doing some googling I think I know what's happening, I think it my ribs rubbing up against my liver causing the lesions thus causing my pain...my right ribs are very twisted...well have to put it to my GP

    i'll be interested to see what the SCI nurse has to say.....about the report...
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    I was just wondering if it's possible for a lobe of the lung to inflate on it's own then collapse on it's own...although I'm not having any problems breathing I do notice at times I'm breathing heavier than other times...but i've always have had that...???

    I also wonder if it could be due to a part of my diaphragm not working or being weaker on my left due to my cord damage...my whole left side is much weaker because of the spinal cord damage...i wonder if my diaphragm is also???

    I wonder if anyone has had a simpler experience? or SCI nurse can answer this with all my other question in this thread....lol

    and smashms...I'm still...here...lol
    thanks for all your post by the way.........
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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