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Ive had a lump in my neck on left side where my gland is(think it is enlarged gland).Ive also have bad sinusitis for long time,I went to GP and told him about lump, he refered me to ENT at hospital and gave me a course of antibiotics.
The antibiotcs helped my sinuses but didnt clear it up properly,after the ab`s the lump went down quite a lot almost went.My sinusitus probs came back given ab`s again same thing lump
shrunk a lot.I went to ENT dept at hospital,dr numbed my nose an looked with machine,he used needle to take some cells. I asked him if he thought it was cance,he didn`t seem to think
so.I have now been refered for a CT neck & thorax with contrast i go on Weds 11th March.Was just wondering if anyone else has had similar experience? Is it usual to have CT scan for
sinusitis which keeps recurring,or could they think its cancer??
Will I feel ok after the scan to get bus home (bout 35mins journey) or would I be better getting a taxi?
I`m so scared that its cancer,is it normal to have CT scan for recurring sinusitis?
Sorry for being so long winded.not very good at explaining things....THANKS
Doubt whether it's cancer. The fact that the antibiotics "almost" cleared up sinusitis and lymph node diminished indicates an infection (believe me I sympathise because I suffer from sinusitis and abs almost cleared it up and now it's back again...).
As to a CT scan, probably just making sure or looking to what extent infection has spread. I've had a CT scan (NOT for sinusitis I add) and felt normal afterwards (I drove myself home). If you feel "funny" then you can always order a taxi from hospital. Just wait for the results of the scan but if it were me, I wouldn't be too bothered about it. Best thing is always to ask WHY they are sending you for a scan.
I feel bit more optimistic now,Ive been looking up symptoms online too,which I don`t think was a good idea.Im a glass half empty kind of person.
Thanks you have reassured me,I`ll let you know how i get on. Oh I forgot to mention I had blood tests about month ago they were ok but infection level was slightly high,would that be sinusitis?
Yes - white blood cell count probably a bit higher than normal indicating infection (from sinusitis).
Looking on the internet can be scary. If you HAVE to then look at a reputable site!
Yes it is your chest area. A scan of this area can indicate things ranging from pneumonia (an infection) to cancer!! I guess they are just playing safe.
Please remember I am not a medical doctor, but a retired research scientist who has worked in the area of veterinary research. So I know more than most folk about some things but am not medically qualified; so suggest you direct any more specific questions to your GP (and, of necessity their knowledge is fairly superficial as they have to deal with so many conditions). I still think you have no need to worry unduly and just wait for the scan. At least they seem to be doing all the right things and (unlike some people on this site) you are getting fairly speedy treatment (and that is NOT meant to be a sinister remark - you are just lucky with your GP etc.).
Hope your fears are unfounded. I'm pretty sure it'll be OK.
CT scans usualy take in two parts of the body ie neck & head or neck & thorax just like abdomen & pelvic areas
one little tip if they give you a drink for the contrast ask them to put some orange juice in it makes it more palatable
and visit the loo before you go for bus
sure everything will go ok
Cluckie I thought you meant number two`s lol !! Im probably gonna get taxi because my other halfs coming and the bus fare is only about £3 less,ridiculous the price of bus fare these days.
I had the CT scan it was ok,the only thing is they had to try about 3 times to get a vein.When I got home there I got a letter in post for another appt to discuss results on 22nd April,this has got me very wrried why would they posta letter beffore I even had the scan? could the cells they took with a needle at a previous appt have shown some thing?Im really really worried as the consultant whom I see is a ENT specialist and a oncologist(which \Ive looked up and it a cancer doctor)Im so confused and tearyfeel really worried and upset.
Gosh Moonfairy - no need to get upset about this appointment. Let's face it 22nd April is a while away and is just a routine thing. If it were anything ghastly they would have asked you to come in a few days. Besides - the scan is probably more definitive and how on earth could they know if they hadn't even done the scan!! Try and forget it. Start to panic a couple of days before the appontment ages away in April (I always panic for a couple of days before going to see the oncologist). In any case you are focussing on the dreaded word oncologist instead of the ENT aspect.
I think Cluckie was referring to the fact (with the loo thing) that you would have a full bladder rather than owt else!! What a laugh.
Forget the jolly thing for at least a month, eh???
My partners been saying the same thing,Im just gonna try and not worry till nearer the time,thanks you`ve reassured me.The CT scan wasn`t bad at all,the appt was for 9.20am I was seen bang on time an home at 10.30 having a brew.Im just gonna have to get on with it after all theres beggar all I can do till the appt.(think I must ber a bit of hypochondriac lol)
I know cluckie and the toilet thing,had visions of having a very embarrassing accident
Thanks for your advice,will try an forget it till nearer time,
Just a quick message to try and reassure you about getting your appointment at the same time as your scan.
I had larynx cancer and have to see my ENT consultant every 2 months. I've had numerous scans and biopsies in the past and I always had my appointment date BEFORE I actually had the scan/biopsy, scheduled for 2 weeks afterwards. Your Doctor has sent you your appointment knowing your results would be ready by the time he sees you so I'm sure it's nothing sinister. I always had my results back within 2 weeks so the fact that your appointment is not until the end of April would imply that there's no urgency.
Hope this is helped. Let us know how you get on.