After a couple of weeks of worrying about a spot that was identified on my most recent CT scan, I found out today that the spot did not appear to be cancerous. Last Thursday I had a bronchoscopy performed and I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. This was a bit of a surprise since I have not had any trouble breathing and have not been coughing. The doctor suspects that I am aspirating when I swollow as I still have trouble eating because of the radiation to my throat and neck. The doctor also indicated that my vocal chords are not functioning as intended, another result of the radiation. This is most likely causing some of my swollowing difficulties. I am on antibiotics to treat the bronchitis and meds to treat acid reflux. Hopefully, that will help and that the swollen lymph nodes will go down as a result. I will have another CT scan in 4-6 weeks to monitor that. All in all I am taking this as good news. I am thankful my radiation doctor referred me to a pulmonary doctor and that they uncovered the bronchitis. Who knows what would have happened otherwise.
That is awesome, Rod! I’m glad to hear our initial fears were not realized. Take your meds and the bronchitis should be a bump in the road a week from now. (I’ve had bronchitis before.)
Keep working on the swallowing. I am at about the same place as you are post-recovery and it is still a chore for me. I am praying for you!
Great, great news!
Awesome news Rod! How was the bronchoscopy? I am having my second Chest CT scan on June 1st to compare the lymph nodes from my last one. If the swollen lymph nodes are still there or larger they are going to do a broncoscopy. So any information would be great! Glad your news is good!
ditto from Scotties post..swallowing still no picnic here either..have to be careful what itry to swallow…happy for the good diagnosis..God bless
I am glad to hear your diagnosis. Sounds like you are on the right track to getting better. One of myl PET scans after radiation found that I had pneumonia with not simptoms. It was due to aspirating foods.
It appears this is common with radiation.
I’m glad it’s not anything more, but bronchitis is nothing to sneeze at. It’s good they got it before Turining into phneuamonia. Be well, and good luck.