Archive for July 11, 2012

Same News is Good News

Finally talked to the Doctors office this morning. The PET scan showed “unusual activity on the 9th rib” which is exactly the same thing that all of the other tests have shown. The good news is that it didn’t show unusual activity anywhere else. 🙂 PET scans work by injecting you with a radioactive glucose. They can then scan you and see where in your body the glucose is concentrated. This is frequently referred to as the spot that “lights up”. There are reasons other than cancer that can cause this to happen;

Reasons you might see a light up include inflammation which could be caused by radiation, chemo, an injury, or an infection. Thymic rebound (benign activity in the thymus gland) can cause a light up in the chest. So can brown fat (dense tissue filled with blood vessels) if you get cold during the scan. Muscle activity can also cause a light up. Large scar tissue masses often will have some mild degree of light up. Rarer causes could be something like even sarcoidosis.”” 

I will probably have a biopsy done next week. The radiologist group is currently looking at the combination of tests I’ve had done in the last few weeks and will make the final decision. Hopefully it will be a needle biopsy. It just occurred to me that I never asked specifically where on my 9th rib. I know where it hurts so I have always assumed that’s where they are seeing the issue. I would think that spot would be difficult for a needle biopsy as it’s right under the edge of my shoulder blade. If I move my shoulder wrong it hits on it and it is some attention getting feeling! I wish I could see copies of all of the pictures of my tests.



One of these things is very healthy and tastes pretty good, one of them is mostly healthy and tastes pretty good, the other is just really really good! They are all within 50 calories of each other as well if you are a calorie counter.

It’s good to have variety in your meals.



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