I am writing a new post as there was no way to replay to your previous resaponse. Old Name Nar70
I previously wrote" on sept 18th 2013. (Sorry so lengthy)
"I'm male 43 and in good health. I came in contact with asbestos during a home renovation 2 months ago.. I removed approximately 7 feet of insulation. Immediately after I felt something in the back of my throat which made me cough. It was gone by the next day. Following that I experienced burning in my throat and chest that lasted for several weeks. It comes and goes for a short period of time This prompted me to go my doctor and get checked out. I had a complete physical, EKG, blood work and a chest x-ray. All came back good. I did have some chest pain and the doctor gave me Omeprazole for acid reflux. Went to the Pulmonologist and all tests were normal. Both my DR and Pulmonologist said not to worry as my exposure was brief.
-I still have chest pains occasional
-Burning sensations in chest area..
-After waking from a nap heart rate is elevated.
-Sometimes a hoarse voice.
-Flutter in my throat.
The above seem consistent with some Mesothelioma symptoms.
Could Pleural thickening be happening to make my chest hurt?
My doctor said the above could be due to anxiety, but the pessimist in me thinks otherwise. I am going to see the cardiologist next week and we will see what he says.
I understand that asbestos related illnesses take years to develop but could these be precursors of what is to come or could I be a special case and my brief expose get me sick so soon. Hopefully I will never get sick, but I am extremely worried and have been since I was exposed. A constant worry and internet searches. I've been reading about acute exposure but really haven't found much...Is this going to get worse...better or kill me...
Thanks for your thoughts"
Asbestos and other dusts can be quite irritating to your nasal passages, trachea (throat) and airways in lungs.
The lag between the time of exposure to asbestos and the development of pleural thickening or mesothelioma is years (>10-20 on average). So, with a normal chest xray, it is very unlikely that pleural thickening is associated with your symptoms.
Have you been evaluated by the cardiologist?
How are you doing?
~ Dr. Parks
This answer provided to you is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this Medhelp.org posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
My current response;
Thanks for your reply.
Yes, I have been evaluated by a cardiologist. He said my heart was fine. My Blood Oxygen level was normal, EKG normal. He did not perform a stress test which was kind of odd. I need to reschedule and get one.
Other Doctors seen,
Primary Care Physician – No major issues
Ear, Nose & Throat – No major Issues
Endoscopy – Gastritis
Colonoscopy – Constipation, hemorrhoids
(2) Pulmonologists. The PFT’s were in normal range.
In any event my chest still hurts and I sometimes cannot take a deep satisfying breath. I’m sure my constant worry isn’t helping the matter. All of the doctors I have been to have assured me that this is not asbestos related and there is a latency period, that asbestos doesn’t work like that. I truly want to go with that, but my symptoms still persist and are consistent with asbestos related symptoms. I have spoken with many advocates from particular asbestos related web sites regarding this issue. They all have said the same thing as the doctors, so I am at a loss for what is happening to me and feel that all the symptoms are related to the exposure. Believe me, I don’t want to be sick or any correlation, but the timing is impeccable, no symptoms prior and health was pretty good.
Also, my stomach is always bloated now. I had and endoscopy as noted above and the “GI” diagnosed gastritis. I have been regurgitating a lot and maybe that is adding to my chest pain. But even when I don’t have to regurgitate the pain is there. Again, all this post exposure. I don’t remember it being like this prior. On a good note is my appetite has not diminished and my weight remains. “Knock on wood”
My exposure was in July 2013 but still have symptoms. Have you ever heard of anyone getting sick or showing symptoms so soon after exposure. I hope this is not a precursor of what s to come and that it may all in time just go away.. Worried sick over this whole experience.
I can’t help but notice that any of the other post related to asbestos pretty much involve the same symptoms after brief exposure. The disconcerting part is there are no replies on how the people who wrote the posts are doing now several years after writing their posts. I hope for everyone’s sake, well!
Again, not looking to be sick just trying to find a definitive answer/solution.
Basically after my exposure. (Not sure if all are related to exposure, but no symptoms prior, that I can recall)
- Chest Pain, sternum, just below, and across chest.
- Cannot take a deep satisfying breath: at times.
- Increased indigestion.
- Bloated stomach.
- Constipation, had C-oscpy all normal, very mild constipation now.
- Burning sensation in throat and chest – very minimal now. Comes and goes.
- Hoarseness, comes and goes.
- Flutter in my throat, I notice when I clear my throat.
- Post nasal drip.
Any thoughts are very much appreciated!
Thank you so much!