CT Scan with GGO Present
I had a high resolution CT Scan on November 7, 2022 after a 5 week struggle to recover from an upper respiratory infection. The initial x-ray with the Drs. Office showed no Pneumonia present, but I did have inflammation in my left lung, blood vessels and capillaries. After 2 rounds of Steroids, Antibiotics and inhalers I was still struggling with a persistent non-productive cough at that point and my lungs were still sounding pretty rough on examination. The CT Scan revealed I have a 1.8 cm Ground Glass Opacity in my upper left lung, which they suggested I follow with another scan in 6 months, to be followed out for 5 years. My PA at that time suggested I be referred to a pulmonologist, but said if I got better, I did not have to go to a pulmonologist. I am now even more recovered than that last visit, only coughing up some phlegm periodically. I am having a very difficult time getting an appointment with the referred pulmonologist office and after researching so much on what a GGO could be, and how it may even go away, I am wondering if a pulmonologist is even necessary. My husband thinks I need one to follow up with the GGO scans, but there is so much information online about C19 causing these things I tend to think that is what mine is caused from and will be gone with the next scan in 5 months. I have had a very mild case of the Delta variant in August 2021, and did not have Pnuemonia with it. Then in August 2022 I had the Omicron variant, a bit more severe, but did not have Pnuemonia with it. This last infection in October of 2022 was not Covid, and I think more in line with RSV. I also have Chronic Epstein Barre Virus, which flairs every time I get sick with an infection and my titers are up on that now showing I have Mono again. I have read that EBV and RSV and inflammation can also cause GGOs to appear.
My main question is how fast to these GGOs which have originated in the lungs (Subpleural) grow, and how important is it that I secure a Pulmonologist at this point. The only symptoms I have left is pain in my left upper back, which is where the GGO is described as being and the inflammation in my lung and coughing up Phlegm still sporadically during the day.
I have so many other issues with EBV, fatigue, joint pain, etc, that I just consider that a part of life, and have lived with it for many years. I dread another New Dr. visit and would not mind delaying it for a while longer, IF it is not detrimental to my long-term health.
Thank you for any information you might offer that will help.