Hello - I know you get so many posts about worried individuals about Pancoast Tumors so please forgive me in advance. I am a 49 yr old woman and I have had severe burning pain in my neck, shoulder/scapula area and rib area (most severe) since February 2016. I also have shoulder and arm pain but that is only when I lift something or get dressed. I also have symptoms of Horners disease but that actually started when I started taking Lyrica so I am not sure if that is a result of the Lyrica. I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in September. But after reading about pancoast tumors, I am now worried. I did have a chest X-ray and a chest CT scan with dye in December 2018 when I went to the ER and they both came back normal. The CT scan came back normal but also stated that I was moving a lot. I also had shoulder X-rays on both shoulders in May 2020 and everything was normal. Should I be worried that this could be a pancoast tumor? It is almost 5 years that I have had this pain, if it was a pancoast tumor, wouldn’t I have serious cancer symptoms since it has been almost 5 years with all of this pain? My bloodwork is normal. If it is a pancoast tumor, would something show up in my bloodwork? I am making an appt for a pulmonologist tomorrow to try and get a new ct scan. But wouldn’t the tumor have showed up in the ct scan in 2018 even though I moved in it? I am just so scared now after reading stuff on the internet. And I am a smoker so it just made me sick in my stomach to read about this type of tumor. Please help ease my mind if you think that it would have shown up in my 2018 chest X-ray and and chest ct and shoulder xrays.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 21:22#1
Worried about Pancoast Tumor