Six weeks later, finally got an X-Ray...

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Six weeks later, finally got an X-Ray...

by YetiLord75 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 06:43 AM

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So, I went to my doctor about six weeks ago presenting with uncomfortable, urgent, foamy urination. It came urgently, sure, but also in small amounts or normal amounts or not at all...but it was always foamy. Over time, the urgency left me, but it has stayed foamy and cloudy ever since. Then, when I was out with my wife one night, I had a really awful pain in my right eye and then both eyes seemed to itch and felt sore...so I went to the bathroom at the store and found that my eyes were completely bloodshot in the mirror. Since then, my eyes have been bloodshot (particularly the right one) and itchy at times and dry to the point where I have to use drops daily. I also got "flu-like" symptoms (felt like crap, nauseous, a little dizzy and tired) without a fever of any note and was prescribed with an antibiotic. I've not really felt normal since...and the antibiotic didn't do anything really, either. The next thing I noticed was that sitting down was uncomfortable and I noticed little hollows had appeared on my buttocks. I also noticed that the fat in my face was changing. I looked up what was going on and realized I was experiencing a sort of lipodystrophy. I also noticed, as the days wore on, that I was more sensitive to cold, more sensitive to heat, and generally everything else felt more uncomfortable. Plus, I was itching everywhere. Scalp and chest and back and sides and...well, you get the point. Eating was something that made me nauseous, particularly breakfast, and when I DID eat...well, it felt like I couldn't eat much past a certain point. Like my stomach was made tinier in a short period of time. I was/am losing weight in a way I never have and it's pretty scary (15 lbs. in 5 weeks and some change without even trying). I also noticed that I was weaker and couldn't lift things or move things quite like I could before all this started. I'm a big guy...and a relatively strong guy. Noticing that my muscles felt like I had used them to do some serious exercise to just simply do basic things was (and is) really scary. I also noticed that I was shedding hairs a LOT more than I had before all this...and that continues. The hair itself is brittle and lacking the normal "grease" hair usually produces. I had shoulder pains really bad at first and then a stiff-feeling neck and a sore top of the spine/base of the neck. The neck/spine thing has not changed...it's still pretty sore all the time. I'm icing it, but yeah. Let's see...what else? I got a weird cheek rash/skin thing that comes and goes. It's on both cheeks and sort of matched the rash that showed up on my knees. Both get worse when I take a hot shower. The fat in my cheeks has reduced greatly, primarily on the right side...and at the temples. I'm a chubby-faced guy, so it's less obvious to people I know...but I now have crow's-feet around my eyes and generally the skin in my face is easily manipulated because it's not fully of fat like it once was. The veins in my hands and feet and arms and lower legs are really obvious and visible now. My skin in general is really dry and I need to use a moisturizer all the time now. Additionally, I have had a vague, dull almost-pain in both my ears. Like an ear infection...sort of. Plus, I've had the same sort of almost-pain (and sometimes actual twinges of pain, like a pinching) on either side of my throat. I produce a ton of phlegm every morning and often when I eat...usually totally clear, but it sometimes has little flecks of blood. Not sure if that's dry skin or...what? It freaks me out, though. Have soreness in my hips now, too. I do feel like it's harder to swallow things at times and it can be uncomfortable...so I've started avoiding breads and chips and stuff like that. I also had angular cheilitis for a bit...and have had dry mouth and have had a really white tongue for the majority of all this. In addition, I've had burping and passing gas a lot more than normal. Particularly the burping, even though I don't drink carbonated stuff anymore. I have insomnia, depression, anxiety. My torso, though still retaining a lot of the fat, is still losing weight...just in a different way than my arms/lower legs/face/neck. I feel like I have to swallow a lot...and it seems a bit more awkward and uncomfortable at times. Sleeping has become uncomfortable, too, and I'm not sure if that's what's making my ribs sore or if it's something else. I know that sleeping on the right side of my face, the one with more eye problems and less fat, is really uncomfortable, too. Plus, I usually sleep with one arm under my pillow and sort of on my side...and now when I wake up the arm I've been doing that with is often tingly and asleep and the shoulder or elbow is sore. And so on...and so on...yadda yadda yadda. It sucks, and my body is not doing what it normally does...and like I said, it's really scary.

I've given urine three times because the doctors thought it was a UTI at first, then thought it could be an STD (though that was highly unlikely, as I am married)...so we checked me for EVERY one of those and nothing came up (duh). Next, the doctor took some blood and ran more urine tests. I think she did a complete blood count and said everything looked fine. She also said my urine was clear and looked great and there was no protein in the urine (despite my pee being foamy and cloudy EVERY DAY and EVERY TIME I go to the bathroom). She told me my thyroid, kidney, prostate all checked out, too. Yeah, I had to get the finger up the backside. I just wanted to know what was going on in my body. I still do. Sadly, as she marked each of those things off the list of what might be going on with me, I kept coming back to cancer in my head. 

My looking at stuff online made me even more freaked out, which is not surprising, but also helped me understand what my symptoms could be pointing to. My doctor referred me to an infectious disease specialist, but that appointment is not until the end of the month. Plus, I don't think that's what I'm dealing with. I have been breaking out in cold sweats and feeling "not right" any time I do even minor amounts of exercise or bending over in certain ways or crouching down, particularly these last couple of days, and generally having an energy ebb. My lung capacity feels reduced or it seems more difficult to breathe at times. I got frustrated with the last call I had with my doctor's nurse when she told me they were getting me an appointment with the infectious disease doc and when it was...and she told me they had exhausted all of what they could look at on-site and my doctor was basically passing me off to someone else. It's not the expert I needed to see, though. I don't think this is an infectious disease. I think I'm dealing with cancer (and accompanying cachexia...muscle wasting and fat wasting)...which seems probable also because my Dad passed from lymphoma a few years back and, well, as I said before...I'm a big guy and have had weight issues my whole life. I'm only 37, but cancer doesn't seem to look at age.

On top of all this, I've done some reading about esophageal cancer (one of the worst cancers to get, from what I understand...not that any are great or anything) and realized I could have been dealing with symptoms of this a long time and not realized it. The difficulty swallowing at times, food getting stuck in my throat and such. The constant phlegm production that I chalked up to "allergies" and sometimes accompanying headaches. The production of phlegm/mucous even more when I eat breakfast or lunch, in particular. Occasional heartburn, but enough that I've had to have rol-aids on hand in the past as a regular thing. On top of that, I've really gotten into spicy food this last year or so. Plus, you know, my diet in general was lacking in vegetables and fruits and other healthier options the majority of my life...even though prior to all of this I had been doing well in changing my habits and thought I was losing weight because of that and exercise. I now wonder if my weight loss during that time was also due to a cancer of some kind. 

So...that's been my ride of symptoms and guessing and fear and freak-outs...and I got fed up with the waiting and waiting and the doctors finding nothing and me getting worse each day, in terms of how I felt/feel. Tonight I went in to a prompt-care walk-in facility and talked to the doctor there. He gave me an x-ray of my chest and then told me he saw a slight thickening of an airway up near the top of my chest. Not sure exactly what he saw, but he said if I hadn't told him about my symptoms (well, most of the big ones at least) he would haven't really thought anything of it...but he's sending it to a radiologist to have it looked at. 

I should know by Friday (or Monday, most likely...stupid weekend) what the radiologists think and then I can go from there. Probably get a CT scan. Not sure what else the cards hold for me. I just know I'm freaked out and this x-ray has simultaneously made me even more scared and also glad I went to the walk-in clinic because now I know there might be an explanation for this that my GP missed. 

Also, after talking to the clinic doc, I realized the blood tests she ran on me (my main GP, that is) were not comprehensive "let's rule out all cancers" tests. In fact, they would only really find things obvious like leukemia, which is a blood-borne cancer, right? I don't know if this is true...but it matches a lot of what I was seeing online about diagnosing various cancers.

Anyway. It makes sense. A lot of my problems are worse on my right side...and that's where he saw the thickening in the airway passage up by the top of my chest. So, esophageal cancer is a possibility...and maybe more? 

If that's all he saw on the x-ray...I wonder if it hasn't metastisized yet? Or if x-ray would even show that? I don't know. I just want to be around for my little girl and watch her grow up. I want a chance to fight this, whatever it is, and kick its ass so I can live. I guess that's what we all want. 

Sorry for the novel, but that's my story so far...

RE: Six weeks later, finally got an X-Ray...

by Nanders01 on Mon Dec 26, 2016 07:23 AM

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On Mar 14, 2013 6:43 AM YetiLord75 wrote:

So, I went to my doctor about six weeks ago presenting with uncomfortable, urgent, foamy urination. It came urgently, sure, but also in small amounts or normal amounts or not at all...but it was always foamy. Over time, the urgency left me, but it has stayed foamy and cloudy ever since. Then, when I was out with my wife one night, I had a really awful pain in my right eye and then both eyes seemed to itch and felt sore...so I went to the bathroom at the store and found that my eyes were completely bloodshot in the mirror. Since then, my eyes have been bloodshot (particularly the right one) and itchy at times and dry to the point where I have to use drops daily. I also got "flu-like" symptoms (felt like crap, nauseous, a little dizzy and tired) without a fever of any note and was prescribed with an antibiotic. I've not really felt normal since...and the antibiotic didn't do anything really, either. The next thing I noticed was that sitting down was uncomfortable and I noticed little hollows had appeared on my buttocks. I also noticed that the fat in my face was changing. I looked up what was going on and realized I was experiencing a sort of lipodystrophy. I also noticed, as the days wore on, that I was more sensitive to cold, more sensitive to heat, and generally everything else felt more uncomfortable. Plus, I was itching everywhere. Scalp and chest and back and sides and...well, you get the point. Eating was something that made me nauseous, particularly breakfast, and when I DID eat...well, it felt like I couldn't eat much past a certain point. Like my stomach was made tinier in a short period of time. I was/am losing weight in a way I never have and it's pretty scary (15 lbs. in 5 weeks and some change without even trying). I also noticed that I was weaker and couldn't lift things or move things quite like I could before all this started. I'm a big guy...and a relatively strong guy. Noticing that my muscles felt like I had used them to do some serious exercise to just simply do basic things was (and is) really scary. I also noticed that I was shedding hairs a LOT more than I had before all this...and that continues. The hair itself is brittle and lacking the normal "grease" hair usually produces. I had shoulder pains really bad at first and then a stiff-feeling neck and a sore top of the spine/base of the neck. The neck/spine thing has not changed...it's still pretty sore all the time. I'm icing it, but yeah. Let's see...what else? I got a weird cheek rash/skin thing that comes and goes. It's on both cheeks and sort of matched the rash that showed up on my knees. Both get worse when I take a hot shower. The fat in my cheeks has reduced greatly, primarily on the right side...and at the temples. I'm a chubby-faced guy, so it's less obvious to people I know...but I now have crow's-feet around my eyes and generally the skin in my face is easily manipulated because it's not fully of fat like it once was. The veins in my hands and feet and arms and lower legs are really obvious and visible now. My skin in general is really dry and I need to use a moisturizer all the time now. Additionally, I have had a vague, dull almost-pain in both my ears. Like an ear infection...sort of. Plus, I've had the same sort of almost-pain (and sometimes actual twinges of pain, like a pinching) on either side of my throat. I produce a ton of phlegm every morning and often when I eat...usually totally clear, but it sometimes has little flecks of blood. Not sure if that's dry skin or...what? It freaks me out, though. Have soreness in my hips now, too. I do feel like it's harder to swallow things at times and it can be uncomfortable...so I've started avoiding breads and chips and stuff like that. I also had angular cheilitis for a bit...and have had dry mouth and have had a really white tongue for the majority of all this. In addition, I've had burping and passing gas a lot more than normal. Particularly the burping, even though I don't drink carbonated stuff anymore. I have insomnia, depression, anxiety. My torso, though still retaining a lot of the fat, is still losing weight...just in a different way than my arms/lower legs/face/neck. I feel like I have to swallow a lot...and it seems a bit more awkward and uncomfortable at times. Sleeping has become uncomfortable, too, and I'm not sure if that's what's making my ribs sore or if it's something else. I know that sleeping on the right side of my face, the one with more eye problems and less fat, is really uncomfortable, too. Plus, I usually sleep with one arm under my pillow and sort of on my side...and now when I wake up the arm I've been doing that with is often tingly and asleep and the shoulder or elbow is sore. And so on...and so on...yadda yadda yadda. It sucks, and my body is not doing what it normally does...and like I said, it's really scary.

I've given urine three times because the doctors thought it was a UTI at first, then thought it could be an STD (though that was highly unlikely, as I am married)...so we checked me for EVERY one of those and nothing came up (duh). Next, the doctor took some blood and ran more urine tests. I think she did a complete blood count and said everything looked fine. She also said my urine was clear and looked great and there was no protein in the urine (despite my pee being foamy and cloudy EVERY DAY and EVERY TIME I go to the bathroom). She told me my thyroid, kidney, prostate all checked out, too. Yeah, I had to get the finger up the backside. I just wanted to know what was going on in my body. I still do. Sadly, as she marked each of those things off the list of what might be going on with me, I kept coming back to cancer in my head. 

My looking at stuff online made me even more freaked out, which is not surprising, but also helped me understand what my symptoms could be pointing to. My doctor referred me to an infectious disease specialist, but that appointment is not until the end of the month. Plus, I don't think that's what I'm dealing with. I have been breaking out in cold sweats and feeling "not right" any time I do even minor amounts of exercise or bending over in certain ways or crouching down, particularly these last couple of days, and generally having an energy ebb. My lung capacity feels reduced or it seems more difficult to breathe at times. I got frustrated with the last call I had with my doctor's nurse when she told me they were getting me an appointment with the infectious disease doc and when it was...and she told me they had exhausted all of what they could look at on-site and my doctor was basically passing me off to someone else. It's not the expert I needed to see, though. I don't think this is an infectious disease. I think I'm dealing with cancer (and accompanying cachexia...muscle wasting and fat wasting)...which seems probable also because my Dad passed from lymphoma a few years back and, well, as I said before...I'm a big guy and have had weight issues my whole life. I'm only 37, but cancer doesn't seem to look at age.

On top of all this, I've done some reading about esophageal cancer (one of the worst cancers to get, from what I understand...not that any are great or anything) and realized I could have been dealing with symptoms of this a long time and not realized it. The difficulty swallowing at times, food getting stuck in my throat and such. The constant phlegm production that I chalked up to "allergies" and sometimes accompanying headaches. The production of phlegm/mucous even more when I eat breakfast or lunch, in particular. Occasional heartburn, but enough that I've had to have rol-aids on hand in the past as a regular thing. On top of that, I've really gotten into spicy food this last year or so. Plus, you know, my diet in general was lacking in vegetables and fruits and other healthier options the majority of my life...even though prior to all of this I had been doing well in changing my habits and thought I was losing weight because of that and exercise. I now wonder if my weight loss during that time was also due to a cancer of some kind. 

So...that's been my ride of symptoms and guessing and fear and freak-outs...and I got fed up with the waiting and waiting and the doctors finding nothing and me getting worse each day, in terms of how I felt/feel. Tonight I went in to a prompt-care walk-in facility and talked to the doctor there. He gave me an x-ray of my chest and then told me he saw a slight thickening of an airway up near the top of my chest. Not sure exactly what he saw, but he said if I hadn't told him about my symptoms (well, most of the big ones at least) he would haven't really thought anything of it...but he's sending it to a radiologist to have it looked at. 

I should know by Friday (or Monday, most likely...stupid weekend) what the radiologists think and then I can go from there. Probably get a CT scan. Not sure what else the cards hold for me. I just know I'm freaked out and this x-ray has simultaneously made me even more scared and also glad I went to the walk-in clinic because now I know there might be an explanation for this that my GP missed. 

Also, after talking to the clinic doc, I realized the blood tests she ran on me (my main GP, that is) were not comprehensive "let's rule out all cancers" tests. In fact, they would only really find things obvious like leukemia, which is a blood-borne cancer, right? I don't know if this is true...but it matches a lot of what I was seeing online about diagnosing various cancers.

Anyway. It makes sense. A lot of my problems are worse on my right side...and that's where he saw the thickening in the airway passage up by the top of my chest. So, esophageal cancer is a possibility...and maybe more? 

If that's all he saw on the x-ray...I wonder if it hasn't metastisized yet? Or if x-ray would even show that? I don't know. I just want to be around for my little girl and watch her grow up. I want a chance to fight this, whatever it is, and kick its ass so I can live. I guess that's what we all want. 

Sorry for the novel, but that's my story so far...

Hi there Yeti. I realise that your post is now some 3 years ago but the similarities with my condition is somewhat resounding. I picked up a coughing virus in 2014 (43 year old UK male) which has resulted in a lot of the symptoms you mentioned. I have private medical cover in the UK and access to some of the best specialists and despite seeing a lot of them (heart scans, CTs, x-rays, blood tests, Bone Marrow biopsy, lip gland extraction, camera in throat etc), the only thing we've found is something called a paraprotein in my blood. I am now being monitored every 4 months at the Oxford university Hosp, but my blood remains stable (2 years on) and im told I'm low risk.for progression to blood cancer (NHL, Amyloidosis, Leukaemia etc). So it's left me confused why a previously fit 40 year old who has gone from exercising regularly to one who gets out of breath walking up the stairs etc. I'd appreciate a chat if you fancied it. Look forward to speaking, Simon

RE: Six weeks later, finally got an X-Ray...

by pete87 on Sat Mar 09, 2019 04:10 PM

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On mar 14, 2013 6:43 YetiLord75 wrote:

So, I went to my doctor about six weeks ago presenting with uncomfortable, urgent, foamy urination. It came urgently, sure, but also in small amounts or normal amounts or not at all...but it was always foamy. Over time, the urgency left me, but it has stayed foamy and cloudy ever since. Then, when I was out with my wife one night, I had a really awful pain in my right eye and then both eyes seemed to itch and felt sore...so I went to the bathroom at the store and found that my eyes were completely bloodshot in the mirror. Since then, my eyes have been bloodshot (particularly the right one) and itchy at times and dry to the point where I have to use drops daily. I also got "flu-like" symptoms (felt like crap, nauseous, a little dizzy and tired) without a fever of any note and was prescribed with an antibiotic. I've not really felt normal since...and the antibiotic didn't do anything really, either. The next thing I noticed was that sitting down was uncomfortable and I noticed little hollows had appeared on my buttocks. I also noticed that the fat in my face was changing. I looked up what was going on and realized I was experiencing a sort of lipodystrophy. I also noticed, as the days wore on, that I was more sensitive to cold, more sensitive to heat, and generally everything else felt more uncomfortable. Plus, I was itching everywhere. Scalp and chest and back and sides and...well, you get the point. Eating was something that made me nauseous, particularly breakfast, and when I DID eat...well, it felt like I couldn't eat much past a certain point. Like my stomach was made tinier in a short period of time. I was/am losing weight in a way I never have and it's pretty scary (15 lbs. in 5 weeks and some change without even trying). I also noticed that I was weaker and couldn't lift things or move things quite like I could before all this started. I'm a big guy...and a relatively strong guy. Noticing that my muscles felt like I had used them to do some serious exercise to just simply do basic things was (and is) really scary. I also noticed that I was shedding hairs a LOT more than I had before all this...and that continues. The hair itself is brittle and lacking the normal "grease" hair usually produces. I had shoulder pains really bad at first and then a stiff-feeling neck and a sore top of the spine/base of the neck. The neck/spine thing has not changed...it's still pretty sore all the time. I'm icing it, but yeah. Let's see...what else? I got a weird cheek rash/skin thing that comes and goes. It's on both cheeks and sort of matched the rash that showed up on my knees. Both get worse when I take a hot shower. The fat in my cheeks has reduced greatly, primarily on the right side...and at the temples. I'm a chubby-faced guy, so it's less obvious to people I know...but I now have crow's-feet around my eyes and generally the skin in my face is easily manipulated because it's not fully of fat like it once was. The veins in my hands and feet and arms and lower legs are really obvious and visible now. My skin in general is really dry and I need to use a moisturizer all the time now. Additionally, I have had a vague, dull almost-pain in both my ears. Like an ear infection...sort of. Plus, I've had the same sort of almost-pain (and sometimes actual twinges of pain, like a pinching) on either side of my throat. I produce a ton of phlegm every morning and often when I eat...usually totally clear, but it sometimes has little flecks of blood. Not sure if that's dry skin or...what? It freaks me out, though. Have soreness in my hips now, too. I do feel like it's harder to swallow things at times and it can be uncomfortable...so I've started avoiding breads and chips and stuff like that. I also had angular cheilitis for a bit...and have had dry mouth and have had a really white tongue for the majority of all this. In addition, I've had burping and passing gas a lot more than normal. Particularly the burping, even though I don't drink carbonated stuff anymore. I have insomnia, depression, anxiety. My torso, though still retaining a lot of the fat, is still losing weight...just in a different way than my arms/lower legs/face/neck. I feel like I have to swallow a lot...and it seems a bit more awkward and uncomfortable at times. Sleeping has become uncomfortable, too, and I'm not sure if that's what's making my ribs sore or if it's something else. I know that sleeping on the right side of my face, the one with more eye problems and less fat, is really uncomfortable, too. Plus, I usually sleep with one arm under my pillow and sort of on my side...and now when I wake up the arm I've been doing that with is often tingly and asleep and the shoulder or elbow is sore. And so on...and so on...yadda yadda yadda. It sucks, and my body is not doing what it normally does...and like I said, it's really scary.

I've given urine three times because the doctors thought it was a UTI at first, then thought it could be an STD (though that was highly unlikely, as I am married)...so we checked me for EVERY one of those and nothing came up (duh). Next, the doctor took some blood and ran more urine tests. I think she did a complete blood count and said everything looked fine. She also said my urine was clear and looked great and there was no protein in the urine (despite my pee being foamy and cloudy EVERY DAY and EVERY TIME I go to the bathroom). She told me my thyroid, kidney, prostate all checked out, too. Yeah, I had to get the finger up the backside. I just wanted to know what was going on in my body. I still do. Sadly, as she marked each of those things off the list of what might be going on with me, I kept coming back to cancer in my head. 

My looking at stuff online made me even more freaked out, which is not surprising, but also helped me understand what my symptoms could be pointing to. My doctor referred me to an infectious disease specialist, but that appointment is not until the end of the month. Plus, I don't think that's what I'm dealing with. I have been breaking out in cold sweats and feeling "not right" any time I do even minor amounts of exercise or bending over in certain ways or crouching down, particularly these last couple of days, and generally having an energy ebb. My lung capacity feels reduced or it seems more difficult to breathe at times. I got frustrated with the last call I had with my doctor's nurse when she told me they were getting me an appointment with the infectious disease doc and when it was...and she told me they had exhausted all of what they could look at on-site and my doctor was basically passing me off to someone else. It's not the expert I needed to see, though. I don't think this is an infectious disease. I think I'm dealing with cancer (and accompanying cachexia...muscle wasting and fat wasting)...which seems probable also because my Dad passed from lymphoma a few years back and, well, as I said before...I'm a big guy and have had weight issues my whole life. I'm only 37, but cancer doesn't seem to look at age.

On top of all this, I've done some reading about esophageal cancer (one of the worst cancers to get, from what I understand...not that any are great or anything) and realized I could have been dealing with symptoms of this a long time and not realized it. The difficulty swallowing at times, food getting stuck in my throat and such. The constant phlegm production that I chalked up to "allergies" and sometimes accompanying headaches. The production of phlegm/mucous even more when I eat breakfast or lunch, in particular. Occasional heartburn, but enough that I've had to have rol-aids on hand in the past as a regular thing. On top of that, I've really gotten into spicy food this last year or so. Plus, you know, my diet in general was lacking in vegetables and fruits and other healthier options the majority of my life...even though prior to all of this I had been doing well in changing my habits and thought I was losing weight because of that and exercise. I now wonder if my weight loss during that time was also due to a cancer of some kind. 

So...that's been my ride of symptoms and guessing and fear and freak-outs...and I got fed up with the waiting and waiting and the doctors finding nothing and me getting worse each day, in terms of how I felt/feel. Tonight I went in to a prompt-care walk-in facility and talked to the doctor there. He gave me an x-ray of my chest and then told me he saw a slight thickening of an airway up near the top of my chest. Not sure exactly what he saw, but he said if I hadn't told him about my symptoms (well, most of the big ones at least) he would haven't really thought anything of it...but he's sending it to a radiologist to have it looked at. 

I should know by Friday (or Monday, most likely...stupid weekend) what the radiologists think and then I can go from there. Probably get a CT scan. Not sure what else the cards hold for me. I just know I'm freaked out and this x-ray has simultaneously made me even more scared and also glad I went to the walk-in clinic because now I know there might be an explanation for this that my GP missed. 

Also, after talking to the clinic doc, I realized the blood tests she ran on me (my main GP, that is) were not comprehensive "let's rule out all cancers" tests. In fact, they would only really find things obvious like leukemia, which is a blood-borne cancer, right? I don't know if this is true...but it matches a lot of what I was seeing online about diagnosing various cancers.

Anyway. It makes sense. A lot of my problems are worse on my right side...and that's where he saw the thickening in the airway passage up by the top of my chest. So, esophageal cancer is a possibility...and maybe more? 

If that's all he saw on the x-ray...I wonder if it hasn't metastisized yet? Or if x-ray would even show that? I don't know. I just want to be around for my little girl and watch her grow up. I want a chance to fight this, whatever it is, and kick its ass so I can live. I guess that's what we all want. 

Sorry for the novel, but that's my story so far...

Hey Yeti. I'm having similar symptoms. What happened to you? Are you ok?

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