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Dr. David
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I have just had a chest xray very bad cough which keeps

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I have just had a chest xray for a very bad cough which keeps coming back. Last time I was told the xray was clear on the day but today she said something was showing on the left lung and that the results would be rushed through to my doctor. I am terrified. Please can you give me some advice.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. David

do you have your chest xray report?

what did it show?

do you have a history of smoking cigarettes?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi I dont have the report as it was only done an hour ago, I do have have a history of smoking.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

what did the chest xray show?

are you smoking now? how much?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The lady said had I had a cold as it was showing infection but she wasnt sure and the results would be rushed through to my doctor. I have stopped smoking but only today

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
I see.

I would ask your doctors for a copy of your chest xray report

sometimes it can be hard to tell what is infection or not on a chest xray

what is often better at looking at the lungs is a chest CT scan

it does sound like you are very nervous

I am glad you have stopped smoking as smoking increases your risks for lung cancer.

it is impossible to know if your chest xray showed lung cancer or not.

I can't see your xray images and I don't have your xray report

maybe you are being rushed to your doctor because of a possible lung infection which needs treatment as well

let me know if you have questions.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
do you have any other questions?