Hi, newbie here!
I have had pneumonia six times this year (never had it before this year). I have been fighting this last bout since November. Dr finally put me in the hospital for 1 week, xrays look the same and I am actually feeling worse despite IV antibiotics and steriods. I came home 2 weeks ago and started new alarming symptoms. I have sever headaches (never had them before) daily, facial swelling that comes and goes, severe constant pain to my R middle back and R chest, fatigue, and loss of appetite. I had to stop steroids r/t swelling in feet, ankles, hands, and face with a 15 # wt loss. Previous to hospital I would go into Dr office for IM inj of antibiotics and steroids. I had week f/u after hospitalization and xrays show no improvement. Dr put me on 2 antibiotics, pain meds, and told me to come back or go to ER with increased pain, sob, or if mental fog worsens. I have smoked fo 15 yrs. I have continued to work through all of this as I dont know what else to do. I can only take the pain meds at night r/t I am an on call nurse and do lots of driving. I do not let on to my pts of course whats going one, but in my gut, as a nurse I am affraid this may be lung ca. So when do I push the Dr's to start testing me for lung ca??