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Unsure if I'm sick or not

Several months ago I was referred to a cardiologist for shortness of breath. Angiogram, chemical stress test, etc. Stress test showed my heart was struggling under stress however angiogram showed a little atherosclerosis but nothing to explain symptoms. Cardiologist then referred me back to a chest physician I had seen back in 2012. The chest physician ordered a CT scan which I had in April and also lft. Meanwhile I have again seen the cardiologist for routine follow up and

Was able to access the ct scan, which I saw on his screen. There was mention of following : NSIP, IF and quote " U P cannot be ruled out". The cardiologist has written to my gp to discharge me from him but said in the letter it appears I have interstitial,lung disease. I have heard only from the respiratory doctor to say there is some non specific scarring in my lungs and that the lft test was down on that of 2012. I have another 2 weeks to wait for opa to discuss this with the respiratory doctor. But it does seem my lungs are making my heart struggle.

Any suggestions about this and what questions to ask would be much appreciated. Apologies if this all sounds a bit garbled

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Catwoman50 I can only wish you the very best of luck cat x


Thank you x


Not garbled, really very clear. I'm sorry that you have two weeks to wait. To the doctors that is nothing but to us it is awful.

Do you feel comfortable taking anyone else with you? Friend or partner?

Write down all your queries, start that now so that you can jot some thing down when you think about it.

All the best and let us know how things go.

K xxxx


I'm taking my daughter. I tried to bring the app forward but not possible. Secretary said all clinics booked until November! So I suppose my app is quite soon after the CT considering it was April. I don't want to take my husband along as he had bypass and valve heart surgery in April and is still recovering himself.

I feel this is going to be a very bad year. I don't really know what questions to ask, other than - is this terminal .


I suggest you telephone the BLF Helpline (03000 030 555) and tell them your concerns. I'm sure their nurses will have good advice for you, and will be able to suggest questions to put to your doctor.

Best wishes, Annie


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