I was just discharged yesterday from a 6 day hospital stay. Had pneumonia. I am on both Remicade and Prednisone. Started out 2 months ago with coug and shortness of breath. My primary did chest X Ray, Stress test, Pumonary Function studies. No antibiotic yet. Then I started a UC flare, increased my Pred from 5 mg/day to 40 mg/day. Flare cleared up in a few days and the s.o.b. improved. Started tapering the Pred, decreasing 10 mg/wk. Cough and S.O.B. came back by last week I was coughing up blood and so S.O.B. I could hardly walk around in my house. Saw my doctor on Friday, my PO2 was 77 and I was gasping for air. Was admitted that day. After enduring every test in the book, I was diagnosed with pneumonia. (They had to rule out TB, pulmonary embolism and did a bronchoscopy for good measure.)
By now I'm being followed by a pneumonologist who thinks the UC meds lowered my resistance so I picked up a bug of some sort, the Pred. masked my symptoms and by the time I tapered down on the Pred, I had developed pneumonia. There is also some thinking that UC can cause bleeding in the lung. This is a very long way to say, don't mess around with that cough. Go to some doctor and get checked out.
Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) diagnosed November 2007. Hospitalized with C.Diff. January 2008 following a series of antibiotics taken for bronchitis. Recent flare required 5 day hospitalization (August 2009) for treatment of dehydration.
Prednisone 30 mg. daily (Tapering).
Colazal 3 capsules three times a day. Cozaar 1 tab daily, Lasix 40 mg. daily, Vytorin 1 tab daily, Acidophilis 100 mg. 3 tabs/day, Potassium Chloride 40 mg. daily, Ferrous Gluconate 400 mg. daily, Cholestyramine Granules I packet daily, 6 Mercaptopurine 50 mg. daily. Glyuride 2.5 mg daily. Remicade every 8 weeks.