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RA with thyroid cancer

My Doc ordered a lung scan when I said I was having trouble with breathing. Dr R ordered it because methotrexate can cause lung issues. She ordered it because she is thorough. I now know that I have nodules(aka tumors) in my lung. Something to be watched.

The scan also showed nodules on my thyroid. The follow up was an ultrasound of my thyroid and a referral to an endocrinologist.

Dr. L said the nodules were large and needed to be biopsied.

For a week prior to the biopsy, I had to stop the Meloxicam. Soon my pain level zoomed to an 8. I was miserable.

Dr R said that meant my drug protocol wasn’t working. She added sulfasalazine to my methotrexate and plaquenil. She also upped my prednisone from 8.5 to 12.5( a lifesaver). I could tolerate my situation through the biopsy.

I will need to write another day about my experience with the hundred needle( probably only 50)biopsy. Not my favorite procedure.

This took place on a Wednesday. Dr L expected the biopsy to be negative. So did I.  She agreed to call the following Wednesday with the results. Her nurse called Friday morning. I would need to come into the office that afternoon. I knew then.

There was no question about the cancer cells. Dr L talked about what would happen next. She was supportive and thorough. I was stunned.

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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and three cancers and counting. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.

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