I am sure that I have SCLC. After a general anaesthetic last year for an appendectomy I had a sharp pain in my chest when breathing. This pain subsided after 2 weeks. Since then I have had extreme tiredness, fatigue, weight loss (but central weight gain), muscle loss particularly in arms/shoulders and now progressing to my legs, loose bowels and dull headache. I did notice these symptoms before my operation but they have become more marked. I often wake in the early hours of the morning with a need to urinate, however my bladder is empty when I go to bed and I stop drinking at 6:30pm. A urologist has confirmed that my bladder fills and empties correctly, I suspect that something is going on with ADH hormone. My cortisol is at the high end of normal (serum and 24 hour urine) and I failed to fully suppress on the 24 hour dexamethasone test, but did suppress on the formal test. I am more breathless than before when I exercise and I am constantly finding thick phlegm in my throat. The various tests I have had have shown Vit D severe deficiency, B12 deficiency and low testosterone (this seems to vary between low normal and low). Blood tests ruled out diabetes, celliacs and thyroid problems. Three CXRs have not shown abnormalities. A contrast enhanced CT revealed minor biapical scarring. A chest physician has examined the scan and does not think the scarring is significant. I am 48 years old and smoked for 25 years approx. 5 per day, giving up 18 months ago. I have been very healthy up until now and can only find lung cancer as a diagnosis that would answer all the symptoms. After all the tests I have had the doctors are not prepared to look any further for a possibility of cancer and dismiss my concerns as anxiety. Are there any tests I should be asking for, or is there a way in which I should be articulating my concerns to help the doctors understand my concerns? Many thanks for any help.
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