• Covid saved my life. Maybe?

    Asked by CovidCancer on Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Covid saved my life. Maybe?

    I went to have a covid test and had a fever. They immediately said I probably had it. I was sent to my doctor to have further tests. I had an infection that was giving me a fever. That was followed by a chest Xray which showed something abnormal in my right lung. The end of this episode was a biopsy which was positive. I was hoping that I didn't have the covid, but I sure didn't want something like this. So here I go, I hope I can get some answers and support when I need them.

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      Wow! That is an amazing story. The outcome was not what you expected but at least they caught the cancer, hopefully in a timely manner. Hope you get started on treatment without Covid related delays.. All the luck in the world to you

      Ask your questions, express your concerns. We are here to support one another.

      7 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My first diagnosis came from a runny nose, that gave me a terrible cough, that gave me a raw throat and made me lose my voice, I couldn't work so I went to the doctor to see why I couldn't talk, I left with a cancer diagnosis.

      7 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      You are fortunate that is was detected now instead or later. I'm sure that your cancer diagnosis was a shock. Best wishes for treatment success.

      7 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Ask your questions. There are others on this site that have had lung cancer. HUGE PROGRESS in treatment options and successes in last few years. Hugs!

      7 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Ironic. Mine was found during a hernia repair. Go figure. We are here to help in any way we can. I'm glad it was Covid, but I'm sorry it was cancer.

      7 months ago
    • Journey's Avatar
      Journey

      My lung cancer was found after what I called the flu and went back to my volunteer work at the hospital. I was asked what the doctor said, and I just had not gone to see a doctor since it was just "Only the Flu." I went to see the doctor the next day and had labs done and a chest x-ray which saw something unusual. It has been 10 years for me and I am doing well. Ask what ever questions you have. We have a lot of folks here to give you support.

      7 months ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar
      Shoeless

      What type of cancer is it and what stage? Just a couple of questions need to get answered. Best of luck to you and anytime you feel the need for more information there are some very knowledgeable people on here who will be happy to help you understand what's happening.

      7 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Lung cancer is so stealthy!! Mine was discovered when I went to see if I was having thyroid problems.

      I am so sorry for your diagnosis, but I am really glad that it was discovered, hopefully, early enough that it won't be as challenging to fight.

      Welcome to WhatNext!

      7 months ago
    • CovidCancer's Avatar
      CovidCancer

      Thank you all, yes, this one is a little strange. I guess it's a positive that it was found now, rather than too late. If I have to have cancer catching it early is better than being told I have it and there's nothing they can do.

      7 months ago
    • wmsavs' Avatar
      wmsavs

      Welcome @CovidCancer, what an interesting story and let us all say prayers that this will be a lower stage cancer, where the spectrum runs from Stage I to Stage IV. An immediate suggestion is to have the biopsy tested for its genetic makeup and whether you may be a candidate for immunotherapy following staging and pre-treatments: Surgery and/or radiation. We are here to help in anyway we can.

      7 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I went to the Dr. because I thought I had H1N1 when it came back for that one last wave. It wasn't H1N1 it was esophageal cancer.

      7 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      There are a few of us who were surprised by what showed up. After a mammogram, I wanted to know if there was something else. Kidney cancer showed up and keeping a watchful eye on lung. 14 months later, lung cancer raised its ugly head. 3 primary cancers.. all different.. all mine. I took this challenge on.. surgeries, biopsies, aromatase, scans, more scans, chemo, radiation, immunotherapy... so far so good. Hugs!

      7 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      My X was walking his girlfriends little dogs down some beach stairs. They saw a cat, he got wrapped up in the leashes. He fell and broke his shoulder and collar bone. They found advanced cancer in both lungs. They removed one lung, and he passed 8 moths later. What's sad is that he tried to get the AF, Navy, VA, and civilian doctors to X-Ray his lungs. NIH and Medicare say that non-smokers can't have chest X-Rays unless there is a specific problem- It is so chepa and unfair to everyone but insurance companies.

      He started having heart trouble, and the coroner listed his death as heart failure. The whole family-8 adults took his cancer treatment to the coroner. The coroner modified the death certificate to died from heart failure caused by lung cancer-

      This is one reason I am so mad at Medicare and NIH. They should serve the public-patients-not serve the insurance-congress-money people.

      6 months ago
    • legaljen1969's Avatar
      legaljen1969

      @meyati. I can certainly understand your anger and frustration. One look at my most recent EOB left me shaking my head in disbelief that what hospitals bill so that insurance can justifiably whack away at the bill. It's really repulsive.
      Healthcare should not be doled out based on the bottom line and profits. Granted, I know doctors and nurses pay LOTS of money to get their training. They certainly deserve to be paid for their knowledge and expertise. Insurance company executives are paid NOT to pay claims. The less they pay out and authorize, the bigger their checks are at the end of the year. Meanwhile, people die because it's not in the interest of the profit margin.
      I am so sorry this happened to your ex. What a terrible situation.

      6 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      @legaljen. My comments are with federal government control of my hrslth care. The tell the doctor what he/she has to do, and what they cannot do.

      My husband tried to get chest X-rays from the military and VA in 2 different states. He begged civilian doctors, and that is because NIH says that older people that don't smoke cannot get chest X-Rays unless they have an injury as my husband did..

      2017-I woke up from a combination Colonoscopy and Endoscopy, routine exam, and my temperature and Blood Pressure was all over the place. I couldn't speak, almost couldn't breath, couldn't swallow, etc. I live in a TB state, and we wondered if something was damaged during the endoscopy. My family was spoked after their father was left undiagnosed for about 10 years.Finally, we said--SUE-and I got my chest X-Rays. The X-rays helped my doctors too, they said so. After many ER, Urgent Care, and family doctor, they realized that I had Whooping Cough. Another issue is that the feds said that Seniors couldn't have booster shots. It was a waste of money. After caretakers realized I had Whopping Cough, they gave me the vaccines.

      A year ago to the day, I went in for antibiotics for a bad sinus infection. Medicare care and NIH said that antibiotics caused seniors to have bad stomach problems--SO NO ANTIBIOTICS-
      My doctor prescribed Montelukast. generic Singular. It causes hives, angioedema of lips and eye lids, swelled throat, stomach pain, increases heart burn, causes some to lose their voices, sleep problems, really weird nightmares, hallucinations, suicide, excema,, depression. and a few more goodies.

      It took a year before 2 doctors-specialists-found out what was wrong, and patch work health plan. If I get feverish my lips and eyelids swell up. If a hair touches my face, my whole face starts itching. I still have olfactory hallucinations- I smell lots of vinegar and some chemical smell..I don't know why, but my lips turn way black-I'm Irish. Also, I ended up with my whole face infected

      Doctors are no longer allowed to remove a mole or even do one stitch. One must wait months and months for an opening with a dermatologist. The chances are that a dermatologist won't biopsy the problem too. Think-- How do I know this. Then if a mole or something is removed, doctors are no longer allowed to stitch it up. A senior goes around looking like a torture victim that escaped. Ask me how do I know that.

      I can go on and on about me and the NIH and Medicare problems. I had about 6 incidents. since I turned 65. Before I could talk to doctors and have them listen, now they are thinking about getting paid and not being investigated by medicare-not thinking of me, thank you Medicare for ORDERING doctors to mistreat me-not give me antibiotics for infections. I think that NIH, Congress and Medicare are trying to kill us off.

      Thank you Congress for this, thank you NIH for not considering that I need an antibiotic

      6 months ago

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