Hi, I'm new here as well. (Your profile says just joined). Anyway, I have had the same scares and concerns as you. I just want to say that with all those tests having been done, I am pretty positive they would have found something. I completely understand how hypochondria can possibly disrupt a relationship because I have it and my partner was getting really fed up with me and my several trips to the E.R and ridiculous worries that really I'm not in any risk factor for. But this sickness we suffer, is in our minds. Most likely not anything seriously physically wrong with us. Pneumonia is a tough thing to deal with! It can be scary and mimic other things. But if your symptoms are less while on the antibiotic, you can be assured that that is probably what's going on. By the way, did you mention your age? Age can play a huge factor in cancer. Lung cancer mostly comes to smokers 8/10 times. (I've done plenttty of research.) Anxiety can manifest itself on us physically is so many horrible ways. When I was going through a really horrible month of getting my HA really bad, I lost 25 pounds in 2 weeks. I barely had any appetite at all and my digestive system was messing up BAD! I thought I had cancer from the weight loss and no appetite and I also had random pains that I couldn't explain. I had muscle twitching everywhere and was convinced I was dying from something that multiple doctors had over looked. I thought I had a blood clot in my lung and made them take 15 chest xrays in a period of two months. That scared me because I realized how much radiation I recieved so then I thought, maybe I should just trust the doctors judgment and not subject myself into useless xrays. All though, your xrays were very usefull because they detected pneumonia. It can be so hard to calm down when we're convinced that something is wrong with us. It can be even harder to calm down when we think of possibly dying from said condition. What we have to tell ourselves though,
are we in the risk factor for the conditions we are concerned of? If so, how many risk factors?Is it realistic? Are my symptoms severe?
Lung cancer symptoms are Wheezing, difficulty swallowing,hoarseness,chest pain, coughing,and hemoptysis. Symptoms of pneumonia are
Cough. You will likely cough up mucus (sputum) from your lungs. Mucus may be rusty or green or tinged with blood.
Fast breathing and feeling short of breath.
Shaking and "teeth-chattering" chills.
Chest pain that often feels worse when you cough or breathe in.
Feeling very tired or very weak.
Nausea and vomiting.
So there are some similar symptoms. Radiologists are trained to read your xrays and detect different conditions. I'm sure they can tell the difference between pneumonia and lung cancer. I don't know if I helped you any. I tried my best. But please, know that you are not alone in your fears and that most likely the biggest issue that we have, is our hypochondria. I do wish that your relationships work out and that you can take care of your kids soon enough. Good luck. :)