• Have any of you been diagnosed with pneumonia while in treatments?

    Asked by jellopudding on Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Have any of you been diagnosed with pneumonia while in treatments?

    I have had a cough that I just couldn't get rid of, and it felt like I was trying to cough up something that wouldn't come up. Today they say pneumonia. I can't believe they let me get in this shape. I've been complaining about this cough for 3 weeks!

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    • SandiA's Avatar

      I got pneumonia while on immunotherapy. I was off and on treatment with colitis and other issues and on steroids. They said it was most likely from the steroids. For me it came on fast and my doctor acted pretty quickly, but my darn insurance company slowed things down a little. He thought he heard it and sent me for an X-ray and then to be admitted in the hospital. It didn’t show on they X-ray so insurance would not approve my stay so I had to leave. Had to wait 3 days for my insurance company to approve a ct scan. Had the ct scan was on my way home and my doctor called and said go straight to the hospital it is pneumonia. I was in the hospital for 4 days and home with home monitoring.

      Three weeks does seem like a long time for you to be coughing and they just now catch it. I have to say my doctor was on top of it but my insurance company slowed things down before I could get the help I needed. I hope you feel better real soon.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I was out of treatments, so I guess I'm not what you're looking for, about 5 years ago I had a cough like you describe. I coughed so much I was passing out, and it started hurting to the point of not wanting to cough. X-rays confirmed it was pneumonia.

      6 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Maybe they will actually listen to you now! I was not in treatment either time, but after a stem cell transplant, I was on immune suppression drugs. In February 2017, I had Rhinovirus (common cold), Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus and pneumonia in the lower lobe of my left lung. Due to immune suppression, the HRSV lasted about two months and the Rhinovirus a full three months. It essentially repeated early this year, but this time a new combo: Rhinovirus and Human Meta Pneumo Virus. Ugh.

      So, I am on a ton of "anti" drugs and so far, so good.

      6 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Maybe it was just a cold that went into pneumonia? When our systems are compromised simple things like a cold can very quickly turn into something serious. I'm glad it was caught now and soon will be over with the right drugs. Just add this to part of your cancer journey and move on.

      6 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      I've had a cough off & on for nearly a year. I have MBC in my lower right lung. Dr. thought it could be that the nodule was irritating the lining of the lung. Inflammation showed up on a CT scan in the upper right lung 6 month ago. Last CT scan showed that it had improved. I do have allergies & took shots for 30 years, but allergy medication doesn't help much. No doctor hears pneumonia & I have no other symptoms. Their puzzled. Like Greg, I feel like I'll pass out & really hurt. Good thing: I've lost an inch in my waist from toning those muscles. I'm dealing with it, but it can be aggravating.

      6 months ago

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