I need some advice. I just started a new job this week and doing training on off hours, starting reg hours tomorrow AM. I'm actually taking a break right now and will work until 11pm tonight. I went to Acute Care this afternoon as after lunch I complained to a friend that my asthma which I haven't had in years was out of control and I was exhausted. Strangly, my lower back - left side only hurt. She suggested pneumonia.
I should say that I'm six weeks out of the hosp with an acute Crohn's flare, tapering off of prednisone, now on 45mg and started Imuran (50mg) 4 weeks ago. My gut has been angry today esp with increased bm and cramps which I haven't had in the past weeks.
So, at acute care, my blood pressure (and I'm on bp meds) was really high: 156/98 and my temp was 90 degrees (I didn't even have temp in the hosp!) and 90 is a temp for me as I usually run below normal. I feel lousy. It is hard to breathe and I wheeze when I excert, esp after I eat (maybe pressure from the food on my daighram?). The doc said she doesn't hear anything in my lungs but that doesn't mean anything. I told her I don't rememeber getting any cold, flu but maybe a sniffle? I've had to use my inhaler for the past few weeks, but every few hours the last two days. She said that if she did a white blood cell count it would most likely be elevated. I told her that I'm the odd duck in that mine are always normal. She said she didn't want to just put me blindly on an antibiotic (bless her!) and said she wanted to do a chest Xray.
So this is my quandry: all this medical workup is costing me SO much money but yet I'm starting a new job. Could this just be a little virus and should I just wait and see? Or the fact that I'm already on a high dose of prednisone and I'm having trouble breathing of concern?
The only way to go to work on time tomorrow is to go to the ER tonight to get the Xray. I couldn't make it to training and get my Chest X-ray and see the doc and get the RX all in time to make it to work this evening ... argh!
So this is a vent and a question - what should I do?
Also, - to make matters worse, my COBRA benefits are expiriing next month and my new job has zero benefits. Does anyone know if I have any options in Iowa???? I'm really stressing over this. My thought is to maybe just go to the ER as I have insurance now and maybe I can nip what I have in the bud and go to work and be productive ,... as for the Crohn's itself, I feel like I'm getting that under control (of course this is all realted, but you know what I mean!)
44-single mom diagnosed with Crohn's 2004 via pill camera 6MP kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006.
2009/2010 acute flare and hospitalization - now on Imuran. Currently taking 55 mg prednisone.
Current problem - protruding thrombosed hemorrhoids (external as well as internal).
Fibromyaglia; migraines; herniated disks C5,6 and arthritis in neck; asthma; scolisis in back/arthritis.