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#1 emmie

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 04:35 PM

Hi friends,

On the CT I had of my lungs a couple of weeks ago, all bronchiectasis (sp?), ILD, even emphysema was gone!!! I have been taking cellcept so I expect stability and some improvement, but I found the disappearance of the emphysema shocking to say the least (I am a former smoker). Anyway, that is beside the point of this post.

The chest CT scan showed 2 lesions on my liver. In order to check them out I had an abdominal ultrasound last week. It confirmed the lesions. One of them is a complex cyst; the other is a "heterogenous mass that is hypervascular and suspicious for neoplasm." So, next Tuesday I will be having an ultrasound guided biopsy. Everything else in the abdomen is good.

Two request, please: if you have had a biopsy I'd appreciate it if you would share your experience and I would also appreciate positive thoughts and energy etc.
Thank you, everybody! ;)

xoxo emmie

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 10:20 PM

Great news on the first part of your post, especially the emphysema. It is a wonderful encouragement for everyone who is still smoking that there is good reason to stop even after damage has occurred. I have no personal biopsy experience, but I will be gathering all the positive thoughts I can muster and sending them your way. :)
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 02:37 AM

Hi Emmie,

I haven't had one, but my husband and neighbor have, and you're given a strong sedative first, so it's over before you know it--at least that's what they said. You might feel quite sore for a day or two afterwards, but my hubby and neighbor were up and around the same day. My neighbor has a ton of health problems, so if she wasn't bedridden, I'm sure that you wouldn't be either.

Best wishes to you, and let us know how it went!

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:08 AM

Hi Love,

I'm so glad the lung aspect of the testing looked good- thank goodness for small wonders. I want to send many positive thoughts and vibes your way for your upcoming liver biopsy. I've never had this done, but do want to wish you the best!
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:41 AM

Hi there emmie,
Sending hugs your way for the biopsy! Please let us know how it all works out.
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:07 AM

Emmie,
I just wanted to say how happy I am for you that your lungs have gotten better. Wow!!! What a relief huh? I wish you did not have the liver to deal with, but it's good that you were having regular CT scans and you found it at this stage, right?

Good luck my friend!!
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 08:51 AM

Emmie,
Great news about your lungs! I am just sorry that you have to deal with your liver now. I am sending positive thoughts your way.
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:09 PM

Jefa, Elehos, Sweet, Erin, Jen and Nan,

Thanks, everyone! I am very happy about the lungs (just have to get to the bottom of the shortness of breath that continues).

I am glad to hear that the biopsy itself is easily dealt with. I will be sure to post my dramatic interpretation of the event once it is over! Thanks, again friends.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:14 PM

Emmie,
Have your doctors said what they think is causing your shortness of breath? How long have you had it? Just curious because I get it on occasion, although not often anymore since I am on medication. Did you have lung functioning tests since the biopsy? I am curious what your results are and if they are consistent with the biopsy results. Yay for you!!! I love hearing good news.
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 02:08 AM

Hi Emmie,

Great news about your lungs!! Very happy that the celcept is doing its job for you!

I had a liver biopsy last year, and to be honest it was very easy on me. It was over pretty quickly and I was home in a matter of a couple hours I think. (sorry I have a bad memory lately). I have a small scar. I was given sedation b4 hand and it seemed like it was over in a couple minutes. As I recall, the Dr talked to me through it and told me what he was doing. I had to take it easy for a day or so but no biggie. I was home caring for the baby by myself the same day. Hope that this eases your mind!
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 05:06 PM

Patty,

That sounds like a total breeze; I think you did a great job. I assume that your biopsy was ok. Why did you have to have one?

Hope things are still going well for you. Is your daughter still with you helping out?

xoox emmie

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 05:23 PM

Emmie,
It is so good to hear 'good news' about your lungs...

I had a liver biopsy back in 2000, and for me it was a piece of cake - I was awake, was only given a little injection by the site of the biopsy, so I wouldn't feel the needle used for the biopsy - is that the kind of biopsy you are having - with a needle.......

If it is, and like the one I had, it only takes a few minutes - I found the hardest part was to lie still with sandbags on the site (had to lie there for maybe 3 - 4 hrs), to make sure I wouldn't bleed - I was then allowed to go home - was just told to take it easy for about 3 days, no heavy lifting or anything like that.........
Mine was done to confirm AIH (autoimmune hepatitis).........

If you are having the kind I did - I have to tell you one thing that I found totally amazing - my gastro told me before hand, that I 'might' get shoulder pain on my right side for up to a few minutes - I thought to myself, what in the world is he talking about - he said it doesn't happen to everyone.......Well, I got it, I just thought it was unbelievable - but I guess it's how they have to insert the needle and pull a tiny piece of tissue out or something.........

Wishing you the very best of luck with the biopsy and good results too.......
Take Care.........Hugs........Donna :)

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:12 AM

hey emmie,

I had the biopdsy because of elevated liver enzymes, it turned out to be fatty liver. My count now is within normal range. I think it was so high because I was on prednisone and eating 23 hours a day lol.

Megan is still here helping out and I love it when shes here to help. You know teens and early 20's run run run. I wish I had the engery she has!

Let me know how the test goes.

Hugs,
Patty
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