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recurring fever/ caughing up blood - help!

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  • Posted By: soldierboy
  • April 20, 2007
  • 11:22 AM

I don't know if something is seriously wrong with my immune system or if I am just unlucky. I am 20 years old, and in the army. I am fit, and in good shape. Until 2 and a half months ago I was the strongest (in terms of endurance) person in my platoon, and one of the strongest in my whole company.

2 and a half months ago, I felt I was getting abit of a cold, but didn't pay any attention to it. about three days after taht, I had a fever, went to the doctor, adn was told to rest for a couple of days. thinking that was the end of it, I went home and didn't think twice. The fever, however, kept lingering, and only after 2 weeks, did a doctor finally tell me to get a chest x-ray. I felt fine, but was a bit scared because I was caughing up a bit of blood in the mornings. I was told I had pneumonia, and was hospitalized for three days while being put on antibiotics through an iv.

after that, for the next month afterwards, I felt tired and weak. itwas strange, because my eyes felt awake, and at the sametime my body felt useless. I had also lost 7 kilos by this time. I finished the antibiotics, and 3 weeks after being let out of the hospital, returned to the army, notfeeling 100% better. (still weak) A week and a half later, I was sick again witha high fever, wet cough, and was sent again to the emergency room, thinking that it was a relapse of pneumonia, they foud nothing after taking an x-ray. I restedfor another 3 weeks, came back to the army feeling healthier once again, but not 100%. The shortness of breath, however, that I had experienced earlier was not present.

Now (last week) I once again came down with a fever, about 2 and a half months (almost three months) after this whole thing started. I rested for a day and a half, and it was gone. a small caugh lingered, but I thought nothing of it. it was that of a small head cold. two days ago, I had an excruciating pain in my face, on the right side. the next morning it was better, though. and this morning, although I feel fine, and the weakness is gone, although i feel slightly more tired than usual, I caughed up mucus with a lot of blood in the shower adn it freakedme out a bit.

I don't know if these incidences are related, or if I am prone to getting sick. I drink a lot of water every day, eat well, and even take vitamin supplements. the only thing which on a general schedule in the army that is missing, is sleep. I will be able to see a doctor in two days, but until then, should I be worried? what steps can I take to get over this, deal with it, or possibly prevent it from happening once again?

any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Go to the doctor and ask for a blood test, if one hasn't already been done.
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  • Have you had your vaccinations against TB?
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  • I also don't know if I should be really worried about the fact that I can't see a doctor for the next 2 or 3 days. I have started to feel a slight pain in my back that comes and goes, so I suppose that I have pneumonia again. But it's strange. other than that, I feel fine. no fever - nothing. Is it seriously possible that I could have gotten it again? is my immune system just weaker that it should be?? any thing would help, because I am pretty worried. thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post above.
    soldierboy 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Bless your heart! First of all, let me say "Thank You" for serving our country. Hope that doesn't offend anyone, but it offends me when appreciation is not shown where it's due.Where are you stationed currently? Are you in the States, or overseas somewhere? I only ask this question because there may be some sort of environmental allergy issues going on that may not be being considered here. In the States, I had no allergies; in Japan, the cherry blossoms closed me up every year! My allergies have gotten worst as I've gotten older, and the symptoms just keep "mutating" as well! Allergies can cause a serious "domino effect" of sickness, everything from sinusitis to bronchitis to pneumonia.It "does" sound like you have a case of pneumonia, and my only suggestion to you (if you can actually manage to do this where you are) is to "moist heat" yourself silly! Either inhale the steam from a pot of boiling water with a towel over your head to "tent" the steam... or tent your head over a vaporizer. Inhale slowly, alternating your inhalations between your nose and your mouth. That will help get the moist heat both to your sinuses and your chest. It will more than likely cause you to cough, but don't let that stop you long. Do this for at least 10-15 minutes several times a day if you can, hourly if possible.As crazy as it may sound, using some saline spray in conjuction with the steam (NOT Afrin or Dristan-type meds, just SALINE) may actually help, as well as a warm, moist compress on the sides of your face. (Be careful not to make the compress "too" hot, or you risk burns.)And, don't forget chicken soup or something with a lot of broth. Hold it in your mouth for a bit and let the moist heat "do its thing" before you swallow your sip. Hot tea or coffee could do the same thing, but you really need your protein right now! The severe pain in the side of your head that you mentioned makes me think you have an infection in there "somewhere". The moist heat will help bust it up.Do NOT take any aspirin with a fever! If you take anything to try to break the fever or alleviate your discomfort, use Tylenol.I sure hope this helps you until you can get to the doctor! And don't forget to ask about allergies when you get there!Hugs from GA!!
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  • have the drs tested you for hepatitis or done any other blood tests if not this may be something you should DEMAND they do for you goodluck soldierboy
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  • Hi soldier. I am sorry to read about your problems. I got a few questions and hopefully a few helpful suggestions. Since the doctor you saw said you had pneumonia I was wondering if you knew what kind of pneumonia you had? Did the doctor order for a specimen of your sputum to be checked out? If not you might ask if it can be cultured. The types of pneumonia that I am familiar with that cause blood in the mucus are Klebsiella pneumonia and Pneumococcal pneumonia. What type of antibiotic did the doctor order? Klebsiella organisms are resistant to multiple antibiotics that is why I am asking. And is it just blood or have you noticed any yellow or green color with it, does it smell, and is it thick or thin? Be persistent with your care if you were on meds and it didn't work then you need to get to the bottom of it. You are too young to let your health go down the toilet.
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  • First off, let me thank you all for your helpful responses. To answer the questions one by one, were ordered not to say where we're stationed, but I'm in the middle east. The truth is I never thought that allergies could be a problem, I always thought allergies were red watery eyes, and sneezing - so that's something to look into. The other thing, is that I think I failed to mention that I did get over all my symptioms, after periods of rest/antibiotics. The one thing that never escaped me was the tiredness. The symptioms (cough - dry and wet, sore throat, etc) eventually came back, but only after they dissappeared for a week or two. Also, could it be that I just am devloping these allergies now, after over a year of being in this environment? Is this what was mentioned when said that they can mutate? Lastly, I, like an idiot, didn't ask what kind of pneumonia I had. I just thought that I had pneumonia, and that was the end of it. Only nowam I learning that there are more than one kinds of it. I was on antibiotics, but I am allergic to eurethromycins and cefaclosporins (I hope I spelled those right) so they gave me an antibiotic that started with a T, and had an x in it?? (texacyclin i think, or some name similar) I do know it came from Israel (that's where we get our medical treatment from). I mention this because the name of the antibiotic could just have been a name given by the drug company. When I coughed up bood, it is always with mucus. It generally looks like strands of blood in my light green mucus. And it's never large amounts. just a bit. but enough to see and notice that it is actually blood. Today, I woke up, and so far have been O.K. I woke up with a sorrer throat than ususal, but I didn't hawk up a big amount of blood right after I got out of bed, like yesterday. does this mean i'm getting better?? I'm still going to see a doctor, but I think that might only happen tomorrow. I was thinking that the pain in my face could have been a sinus infection. could it have spread to pneumonia? I don't know, but my friend told me, upon mentioning the steam bath to him, that it works well with tea tree oil, or tiger balm inside the hot water. thanks a lot everyone! I truly appreciate your help.
    soldierboy 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • First off, let me thank you all for your helpful responses. To answer the questions one by one, were ordered not to say where we're stationed, but I'm in the middle east. The truth is I never thought that allergies could be a problem, I always thought allergies were red watery eyes, and sneezing - so that's something to look into. The other thing, is that I think I failed to mention that I did get over all my symptioms, after periods of rest/antibiotics. The one thing that never escaped me was the tiredness. The symptioms (cough - dry and wet, sore throat, etc) eventually came back, but only after they dissappeared for a week or two. Also, could it be that I just am devloping these allergies now, after over a year of being in this environment? Is this what was mentioned when said that they can mutate? Lastly, I, like an idiot, didn't ask what kind of pneumonia I had. I just thought that I had pneumonia, and that was the end of it. Only nowam I learning that there are more than one kinds of it. I was on antibiotics, but I am allergic to eurethromycins and cefaclosporins (I hope I spelled those right) so they gave me an antibiotic that started with a T, and had an x in it?? (texacyclin i think, or some name similar) I do know it came from Israel (that's where we get our medical treatment from). I mention this because the name of the antibiotic could just have been a name given by the drug company. When I coughed up bood, it is always with mucus. It generally looks like strands of blood in my light green mucus. And it's never large amounts. just a bit. but enough to see and notice that it is actually blood. Today, I woke up, and so far have been O.K. I woke up with a sorrer throat than ususal, but I didn't hawk up a big amount of blood right after I got out of bed, like yesterday. does this mean i'm getting better?? I'm still going to see a doctor, but I think that might only happen tomorrow. I was thinking that the pain in my face could have been a sinus infection. could it have spread to pneumonia? I don't know, but my friend told me, upon mentioning the steam bath to him, that it works well with tea tree oil, or tiger balm inside the hot water. thanks a lot everyone! I truly appreciate your help.
    soldierboy 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • looks like I spoke too soon. I just went to the bathroom, and stpit up a nice bit of green mucus. half blood, half mucus. the bood looks nice and red, with some darker spots in it.
    soldierboy 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • To my knowledge, the military puts pretty much everyone through a rigorous round of vaccinations before they send them ANYWHERE...maybe even just as they enter training, not sure.Even so, I'd request a TB (tuberculosis) test. It's pretty easy to do; they basically just test your skin. If it IS TB and not pneumonia. It's possible, the symptoms are comparable and being out in the middle of God-knows-where, you might have caught it just from breathing. You can even go YEARS without showing symptoms of TB, so you might have been exposed to it before you were shipped out. Luckily, it's treatable, but only after a very long treatment with antibiotics (a special kind). This might explain why the normal antibiotics aren't working on your supposed case of pneumonia. Tuberculosis causes quite a slew of symptoms that can, unfortunately, mimic other, less nasty illnesses. Wasting (unexplained weight loss), swollen lymph nodes, recurrent fever, night-sweats, productive and recurrent cough (can produce a progressive amount of blood-streaked phlegm/mucus), fatigue, etc. TB will show on chest x-rays, but as abnormalities that may very well be confused with pneumonia.http://www.emedicinehealth.com/tuberculosis/page5_em.htm#Exams%20and%20TestsTake care of yourself, over there. God bless.Just a thought, really.
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  • hey there helpful people out there! thanks for your insight. I just went to a general doctor, he told me that my lungs sound perfect, so I have to go see a lungs specialist. The unfortunate thing, is that I won't be able to see him until next week.... until then, I hope this gets better...thanks again for everything. I will be sure to mention the tb and hepatitis to the lungs specialist when I see him next week. In the mean time, I'll hate the beurocratic way in which the army works with this kind of stuff.
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  • I also don't know if I should be really worried about the fact that I can't see a doctor for the next 2 or 3 days. I have started to feel a slight pain in my back that comes and goes, so I suppose that I have pneumonia again. But it's strange. other than that, I feel fine. no fever - nothing. Is it seriously possible that I could have gotten it again? is my immune system just weaker that it should be?? any thing would help, because I am pretty worried. thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post above. I fully understand how frustrating and missarable if any body would be in your situation.....just so you know i have a friend who was 28 years old female has encountered the same problem as yours.She has visited numerous doctor and taken an X-ray but nothing has found.She told me she found a website www.footreflexology.blogspot.com that really isurprised her how foot reflexology treated all kinds of diseases including caughing.She actualy started massage her foot by herself twice a day at home. One weeks later her condition she has improved a lot.Now she has totaly recovered.If you are interested you may give your self a try.Hope it works for you.God blee you.Good luck!
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  • hi soldier,I had similar symptoms,coughing up blood in mucus,sore throat.I went to my doctor and he referred me to an ear nose and throat doctor.She sent me for a sinus ct scan and sure enough it was a severe sinus infection.The sore throat was from sinus drainage and I came down with pneumonia from the sinus draining to lungs at night while sleeping.I hope this helps good luck ,and thank you for risking your life to serve our country.
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    • October 2, 2007
    • 11:07 AM
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  • hi my dad well his dad had lung cancer, he keeps coughing up blood what is this?
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    • October 16, 2007
    • 06:27 PM
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  • coughing up green stuff is a sign of infection. look up "army disease Iraq" and you'll see in Army news that they've sent a team to study the cases of pneumonia in the mid-east. Also visceral leishmaniasis.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 11:24 AM
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  • Sounds like some infection somewhere. Perhaps sinus but could be in chest, depends where the green mucus and blood is coming from. I am glad you will be seeing a lung specialist given the fact you had pnumonia; perhaps you have a secondary infection or recurrence of the first. A lung specialist should be able to help determine what is up. Also, because you are serving in the mid-east there may be some unusual diseases specific to your region or even type of service that may be involved.Hope you are better soon; I am sorry that you have to wait to see the lung specialist. But don't get too worried; this likely is completely treatable with the right medications. Do take care of yourself while waiting, try to avoid strenuous activity and get rest. Staying properly hydrated also helpful.Let us know what they find and what they treat you with, so we too can learn from your experience. Good luck.looks like I spoke too soon. I just went to the bathroom, and stpit up a nice bit of green mucus. half blood, half mucus. the bood looks nice and red, with some darker spots in it.
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    • October 18, 2007
    • 01:57 PM
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  • I would also have suggest you get tested for TB. Allergies DO NOT cause fever, nor do they cause blood. You say your mucus is green, and that is a sign of an infection. Now infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, but you can also have inflammation. I would ask to be tested for different autoimmune diseases as well. Fatiuge is a general symptom in alot of different illnesses, and a the fact that it is hanging around is a sign of something chronic going on. Talk to your doctor and make him understand how this is affecting you. Good luck!
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    • October 18, 2007
    • 08:59 PM
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