Undiagnosed Cavitary lesion on bottom of lower left lobe.
Went to hospital because coughing up pinkish sputum. My symptoms include chills, body aches, coughing with some pain in the back in the area of the lesion. Chest x ray disclosed an area of cancer, CT revealed a mass 33mm wide. The internal medicine team said they are leaning toward infection, pulmonary specialist said he thinks it is an abscess and after negative tests for tuberculosis (hospital policy) prescribed 800mg 2xdaily of Augmenting for 6 weeks and after that plans to take another CT scan to see if the mass is reduced. I'm a 58 year old female housewife. I'm an instructor in public school system (elementary). Until these symptoms developed I ran 2 miles 4 days a week for a couple of years. However, I have a history of smoking and vaping. (Quit smoking about 5 years ago and started vaping). I was informed by the hospital that my vitals are excellent, that of a much younger person. Prior to going to the hospital I visited my primary care doctor for chills and body aches. They did blood tests which showed low B12 ( approximately 77 level), also a slightly elevated CRP level. I've googled around and found that the Mayo Clinic is the best rated hospital for pulmonary diseases so I am hoping to get some insight into what a pulmonary specialist there might think. Based on my own google research such lesions can be infectious or non-infectious with non-infectious being the most serious because it can be cancer. No knowing what I have and having to wait a long time to find out is very stressful. While I am hopeful it is an infectious based on what the doctors say they are leaning toward they are non committal at this point. I'm hoping a pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic may give me their thoughts. Thank You, Lisa