COPD and CT scans

Posted by irenec @irenec, Nov 17, 2018

Many talk CTscan. Is this something that should be done along with xrays. Neither my GP or Pulmonalist have ordered one. It was last done 14 years ago.

@joangma

today I called the va and told them I wanted a ct scan and see a pulmanogest—- spelling is bad,— they have not called me back yet.

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Keep Calling Wayne!

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@joangma

thank you so much for the information. I did subscribe to the page for broadcasts. are you a nurse, or work at hospital. again thank you dear..

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Wayne- No I'm not either. I am a mentor here. However I have 21 years of experience with the medical field due to my COPD, lung cancer and various other annoyances. I also research a lot, ask a lot of questions and never take an unclear explanation as an answer. I also have a big mouth when it comes to my own healthcare. I'm certainly lucky to have had some top rated doctors who take care of me. Keep in touch! Don't let them not get back to you! Any chance you can go private for your medical needs?

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@colleenyoung

Hi Joan and Wayne,
Good for you to call VA to request a CT scan and an appointment with a pulmonologist. I'm tagging a few additional people on this discussion, members who also have COPD, like @abster93 @kamama94 @aldrichgirl and @waterboy. Also, in this podcast of Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr. Paul Scanlon, a pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic, talks about COPD treatment and prevention.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/podcasts/newsfeed/copd-sepsis-advances-in-human-genome-research/

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Colleen- Thank you for this link. I have never heard of Dr. Paul Scanlon. I will need to check out the Mayo podcasts for sure.

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well thank you for all your information, yes I can go to any hospital now . it is called the choice program

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@joangma

well thank you for all your information, yes I can go to any hospital now . it is called the choice program

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called the va again this time talked to nurse she will call back today with info on ct scan and pulmonologist appointment. your right keep at them till they respond.

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Oh yahoo! It's the only way, at least for me.

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no call back today. have to recall

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the va called today and sending more shantex, also getting appointment for low dose ct scan , about seeing pulmonologist, I have to use my SYMBICORT twice a day for a month ,to see if any better, as I have not been using regular. then call back to see options.

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@joangma

the va called today and sending more shantex, also getting appointment for low dose ct scan , about seeing pulmonologist, I have to use my SYMBICORT twice a day for a month ,to see if any better, as I have not been using regular. then call back to see options.

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Wayne- I am so glad that you are attempting to quit smoking. How are you doing with it? Smoking is the leading cause of COPD because it irritates the lung tissues, which swells and doesn't allow full inhales and exhales of air.
I'm glad that you followed through with the calls. Symbicort is a great drug and should help. I don't need to tell you that you have to take your medicines regularly if you want them to work. COPD is serious and could shorten your life if you don't quit smoking. Taking this seriously will help you feel better. How are you feeling now?

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feeling a little better now that I am using my SYMBICORT 2 times a day. time will tell now. thank you

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excellent wayne

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get one asap that's what to do. I stopped smoking 3 months ago and should get mine next week.

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