Nov 21, 2011 - 3:23 pm
I'm from the colorectal board, but I have what they call "innumerable" lung nodules in all parts g of both lungs (I'm stage IV rectal cancer with metastasis to the liver and lungs & currently have a recurrent rectal tumor).
My cough went away for a few days when I came home, but has since started up again and seems to be getting worse the past few days. My onc tested my sputum for the bacteria that caused the pneumonia & it was negative. I was thinking maybe I had a sinus infection (I have allergies & fall is always bad for me- hard to try to clear out the congestion from the pneumonia when I'm getting more dripping down from my sinuses due to the allergies). I asked my onc if I should take any kind of antibiotic now for the sinus infection. He said no because my symptoms started while I was still on the other stronger antibiotics for the pneumonia & if it came up while on the stronger stuff, nothing else will touch it. I use my asthma inhaler- doesn't help. The "pearls" they gave me don't help and neither does any other kind of cold/cough medicine. Actually, Nyquil does knock me out for the night & I don't cough during the night, thank goodness.
The pulmonologist who saw me in the hospital said he didn't need to see me again, but I feel like I should go see him (he doesn't know of my symptoms since I've been home).