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Mother died bac lung cancer at 47. She was light cig smoker. I quit (12 year heavy marijuana use) months ago. What are my chances of lc - when to start screening with lose dose CT scans?

Mother died bac lung cancer at 47. She was light cig smoker. I quit (12 year heavy marijuana use) months ago. What are my chances of lc - when to start screening with lose dose CT scans?

There are no known: Screening criteria for marijuana use regarding lung cancer. The study was done regarding tobacco users. However, if you would be considered a 30 pack year smoker and had not quit within 15 years, screening begins at age 50. ...Read more

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Smoked alot of weed for 7 years now and quit smoking cigarettes after 4 pack years. About to be 25. Should I get a CT scan to check for cancer or no?

Smoked alot of weed for 7 years now and quit smoking cigarettes after 4 pack years. About to be 25. Should I get a CT scan to check for cancer or no?

Difficult but no CT: Cancer is extremely rare in someone who is 25 years old. Because of the radiation exposure, I would not recommend a CT unless you had more than a worry to suggest Cancer. Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite are associate with Cancer. Smoking pot or cigarettes puts you at increased risk for cancer. You are young enough that stopping both is best and will lower your risk in the future. ...Read more

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I've been smoking for years and cannot quit no matter what I do. I am not a heavy smoker but unrelated CT scan showed emphasemic changes, no symptoms. What is best way to quit this horrible habit?

I've been smoking for years and cannot quit no matter what I do. I am not a heavy smoker but unrelated CT scan showed emphasemic changes, no symptoms. What is best way to quit this horrible habit?

Old addage: "if you light the first cigarette you've done your damage for the day"- awith ny emphysematous changes, your heading for troub;le-- see your pcp for medicinal emotional help! - don't wait for more damage! ...Read more

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My d dimer level was. 63 is this too high? Vq test and CT scan came back normal. Do I have to worry? I stopped smoking after the tests immediately

My d dimer level was. 63 is this too high? Vq test and CT scan came back normal. Do I have to worry? I stopped smoking after the tests immediately

See your doctor: And get a repeat d-dimer. It is a very sensitive test, but is more valuable when it is low, because many things besides blood clot and make it increase.

Negative VQ and (presumably) ct angio of the pulmonary arteries essentially excluded pulmonary embolism, or clot in the lung blood vessels.

Please see your doctor to get a complete checkup. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking a couple months ago but my lymph nodes are still swollen. I've had a CT scan, nothing was found. How can I reduce the swelling?

I stopped smoking a couple months ago but my lymph nodes are still swollen. I've had a CT scan, nothing was found. How can I reduce the swelling?

Nodes swollen: Smoking not likely cause of swollen nodes. You did not say where the nodes were. Neck? Arm pit, groin or where.
Swelling will be reduced when you know the cause and the cause is treated. ...Read more

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Ct scan report says nodular opacities and calcification in left upper lobe. No cough; blood in sputum; history of smoking 12 years (10 per day).?

Ct scan report says nodular opacities and calcification in left upper lobe. No cough; blood in sputum; history of smoking 12 years (10 per day).?

Nodules: You need to see a pulmonary dr. To get an evaluation and have the areas assessed. The radiology society has "fleishner" guidelines that can serially check the nodule. You definitely need to stop smoking, as there is nothing good that comes from smoking. As worded in your question, . ..I assume you have no "blood in sputum" but if you do have blood in sputum, see pulm asap. Best wishes. ...Read more

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6 x 8 mm stable spiculated apical plueral based nodular scarring & pulmonary nodules 4 x 6 mm. Follow up CT scan in 6 mos. Ok? Quit smoking 20 yrs ago

6 x 8 mm stable spiculated apical plueral based nodular scarring & pulmonary nodules 4 x 6 mm. Follow up CT scan in 6 mos. Ok? Quit smoking 20 yrs ago

Lung nodules: Based on the size and the risk factors, I think a follow up approach with serial ct chest for a total period of 2 years would be recommended and is evidence-based. The second ct chest would be in 3-6 months. ...Read more

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Positive PPD test, x-ray, CT scan shows solitary pulmonary nodule. 5 mos after nodule stable/slight increase. Doc said to remove. No cough not smoking?

Positive PPD test, x-ray, CT scan shows solitary pulmonary nodule. 5 mos after nodule stable/slight increase. Doc said to remove. No cough not smoking?

Depends: Ppd positive, work-up details (quantiferon assay?), characteristics on chest x-ray, on ct-scan and/or treatment would be important. Depending complete work-up, risk factors, size, rate of growth/increase in size, etc. Location may be amenable to tran-sthoracic ct-biopsy or bronchoscopy transbronchial biopsy (flouro guided, inreach/em-nav guided, or ultrasound guided). ...Read more

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My dad 73 yr old quit smoking 18 yr old. His CT scan shows infection & one 7 mm nodule. Should we go for pet scan or biopsy? Any pros cons of each?

Comparisons?: 1st, are there any old cds to compare? If so, is the nodule truly new?

The 7 mm nodule could be infectious. Consider waiting a month and repeating the ct scan.

Given remote smoking history and nodule size, would lean towards pet/ ct 1st.

Biopsy may still be needed to prove cause. ...Read more

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Will smoking weed affect my mental health?

Will smoking weed affect my mental health?

MARIJUANA: It is important to note marijuana is classified as a hallucinogenic. It changes your brain chemistry while it is active in your system. Also, one of the side effects of THC (the active ingredient) is paranoia. Studies on long-term use have indicated the possibility of changes in mental health with some individuals. ...Read more

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Will smoking weed affect raynaud's disease?

Will smoking weed affect raynaud's disease?

Never heard of this: There is a reason for thc to be illegal. Thc causes chronic amotivational syndrome, depression, psychosis, paranoia, anxiety, weight gain, hypertension and decreased testis size. It takes any motivation out of you. Worse it is the gateway drug that will push you into morphine heroin etc. Thc clinics are good for terminal aids and cancer cases. Is raynaud's one of them? Of course not. ...Read more

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Will smoking weed affect getting surgery? I'm getting put under for a circumscision

Will smoking weed affect getting surgery? I'm getting put under for a circumscision

Probably not: The anesthesiologist will ask you a lot of questions, and you should answer honestly. Smoking cigarettes, which most weed smokers also smoke, will probably have more effects on general anesthesia than smoking weed, but if you smoke a lot of weed, it could also have effects too. Your answers are protected by medical confidentiality, but will be in that medical record. ...Read more

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Will smoking weed affect my tonsilitis? I smoked and it actually numbed my throat enough to let me eat. Helped 4now Is this going to effect me later on

Will smoking weed affect my tonsilitis? I smoked and it actually numbed my throat enough to let me eat. Helped 4now Is this going to effect me later on

Your brain: Weed is a mind altering drug and just because it may be legal does not make it harmless. If you have tonsillitis you should be tested to see if it is strep throat and treated accordingly.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What could be reason that I can't see colors after smoking weed?

What could be reason that I can't see colors after smoking weed?

Can't be good sign: I honestly don't know the reason why you can't see colors after smoking weed. I've never heard of that particular side effect. It seems like a good reason to think twice about continuing to smoke weed. Despite the common misconception that marijuana is harmless, having this side effect brings home the fact that marijuana is not doing good things to your brain. I wish you the best for your health. ...Read more

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Can there be any negative effects of smoking weed because it just seems to relax me and I don't see it as harmful?

Can there be any negative effects of smoking weed because it just seems to relax me and I don't see it as harmful?

It can be harmful.: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate or may feel hungry. ...Read more

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How come after smoking weed I can't fall asleep yet I get so relaxed?

How come after smoking weed I can't fall asleep yet I get so relaxed?

Relaxing of course: That is one of the reasons use "drugs"...They derive some benefit out of them, however the trouble that it causes outweighs the benefits, couple of long term consequences:
1. A motivational syndrome
2. Increase the risk of psychosis by 7 fold.
So I suggest you stop using and if yu need help to relax, please get proper help. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want help, I want to stop smoking weed but I can t!?

What do you advise if I want help, I want to stop smoking weed but I can t!?

Consider: Marijuana Anonymous (12 step program) & working with an addiction medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What can you do for migraine.? I figured out smoking weed causes them so I need to quit. Tynelol doesn't always help

What can you do for migraine.? I figured out smoking weed causes them so I need to quit. Tynelol doesn't always help

Many options: It is best to prevent migraines so happy you learned weed triggers them; a variety of foods can also trigger them so explore that (wine, wheat, cheese, choc.). When you get one Ibuprofen may help more; some people need stronger prescription meds. For home remedies see http://earthclinic. Com/cures/migraines. Html
acupressure can help- see http://www. Herbalshop. Com/acupressure/acupressure_06.Html. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking weed 17 days ago and took a home drug test and it came up neg my baby won't be born till Nov 11 will weed still be in my baby's syst?

I stopped smoking weed 17 days ago and took a home drug test and it came up neg my baby won't be born till Nov 11 will weed still be in my baby's syst?

No,: But you can not reverse any changes it may have had on your baby's brain development. The effects of "weed" during pregnancy have not be well investigated. Good luck with your baby! Stay straight! ...Read more

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I had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC), am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?

I had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC), am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?

Avoid marijuana: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. We humans are not designed to inhale the byproducts of burning organic materials and whatever other chemical additives are mixed in with the plant materials. Avoid intentionally inhaling burning materials. It's just a bad idea, and not healthy for the body. ...Read more

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What to do if burnt throat from smoking weed and now it won't heal?

What to do if burnt throat from smoking weed and now it won't heal?

Get med eval.: Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged ; deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x ^ than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing ; ^ in sputum production. ...Read more

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How can an everyday smoker cut back on smoking weed?

How can an everyday smoker cut back on smoking weed?

The question is not: How to cut down - the question is how to quit. 'how to cut down' is a question that would be typical for an addict to ask. If you decide you want to stop check into marijuana anonymous. ...Read more