I’m a 40yr old female with a smoking history of 20+ years. I have chronic brown phlegm (for years) with little to no coughing. I had a chest X-ray in Sept 2016 that read:
On the frontal view at the left costophrenic angle there is a 6 x 8 millimeter nonspecific density projecting over the lateral aspect of the left hemidiaphragm. This could be related to the overlying rib but could also represent a pulmonary nodule.
Follow up CT a week later from a different povider ordered by my pulminologist that read stable nodules from 2014 no new nodules seen.
Chest X-ray (for Bronchitis) Dec 2017: Findings were no acute chest disease
So my questions/concern are:
For about the last year I’ve had chronic left lateral pain that extends under my breast and extends around to my back and radiates into my shoulder, I’m haunted by the original X-ray (Sept 2016) of a possible new nodule and afraid that’s what causing my pain.
~If that was a new nodule wouldn’t the CT pick that up, or the other X-ray taken?
~What does overlying rib mean?
I should note that I can pinpoint an exact spot on my side on my rib cage that hurts, but it feels under my ribs as it’s not sensitive to touch. I also have a lipoma near by that can be felt. Not sure if any of this is relevant.