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Bacterial Pneumonia

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Comment from: Barb the artist, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I was diagnosed with pneumonia by CT scan a week and a half ago, and put on antibiotics for 10 days. My chest is still very painful I am not sure this is normal. I am very weak and have little appetite.

Comment from: Andy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

Doxycycline was administered for one week as treatment for my pneumonia.

Comment from: Betty, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 23

Treatment for my pneumonia was antibiotics and steroids for couple days. I was low on oxygen but now good. But thinking about it I am very confused, hope will this clear up.

Comment from: Goldwing, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

For treating my pneumonia I was given prednisone for 5 days and antibiotics for 10 days.

Comment from: Simone, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 18

My bout with bacterial pneumonia took me by complete surprise. I suddenly was hit with complete exhaustion, followed by severe back and torso pain. This pain was with me severely through 3 days of hospitalization, and continued in varying degrees in the 2 weeks that followed. I have never had any respiratory symptoms. The only sign I had, was occasional temperature of 100.9 which I brushed off and obviously should not have. My only problem now is tiredness, I think attributed to low oxygen saturation, 94 to 96. Wish it were 98.

Comment from: Jaden2412, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I'm a 35 year old healthy woman who was just diagnosed with strep throat and also bacterial pneumonia. I have never been so sick in my life and with such a high fever and pain. My fever at the highest was 103.7 with medicines. I am now on day 3 and a half and still have a fever of 100.1.

Comment from: KathyB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had a cough and head cold in January 2016 that would not go away. The sneezing part eased up but I continued to have a cough. At the end of February I passed out at home and went to the emergency room (ER). I told them I had a cough for several weeks and they ignored me focusing on this loss of consciousness as being a heart issue. While in a room for observation, my temperature spiked to 104.5. They gave me Tylenol and told me to go to my doctor in a few days. I continued to have a fever and when I went to the doctor, I told her how long I'd been sick and suggested that maybe I might need an antibiotic. I haven't taken an antibiotic in years and am not a big fan of drugs but I was feeling really bad. She told me they don't prescribe antibiotics and I should take Tylenol for the fever (consistently at 102.0). I called back in 10 days, as she requested, and told her I still felt really awful. I was getting weaker and weaker and was having difficulty breathing. She reluctantly prescribed an antibiotic but it was too late. The next week I passed out again and in the ER after x-rays and scans I was told I had full blown pneumonia. There is not a doubt in my mind that if I had gotten antibiotics when I went to the doctor after my first ER admission I would not have ended up the way I did. It took months for me to recover. If a doctor will not prescribe the drugs that will help you, go to someone else. Your life depends on it.

Comment from: cherokee, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I had pneumonia but still had dry cough. I went back to the doctor and had CAT scan to determine why my pneumonia came back. Nothing on CAT. My doctor prescribed Tessalon and Biaxin. I have energy now but still a lingering dry cough. Not all the time but sometimes.

Comment from: italiana5485, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I have been taking azithromycin and I am feeling worse, I can't get better. I feel incredibly exhausted and I have zero appetite and I'm very week. I need to go back to work because bills won't wait for me to get better.

Comment from: James, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

I had a bacterial pneumonia and was in hospital for 4 days. I left hospital and developed oral thrush, so took an antibiotic for it. Ever since then I have had a cold (approximately 3 weeks), hope I make a full recovery.

Comment from: suec, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 20

For my pneumonia, I was hospitalized, as both my lungs were infected. I received Lasix injections and antibiotics. It was not helping, so I had a bronchoscopy done. A large amount of fluid was drained from my lungs. The doctor stated that there was something like a cork/plug holding up the fluid from draining. I was sent home two days later, and was still very sick/weak, with no appetite. The nurse said I should be getting some strength back in about 7 to 10 days.

Comment from: Caregiver of two, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 08

My 11 year old daughter started with a fever. On the fourth day I took her to the Doctor's because her fever went away but she started with a chronic cough and hives. (Students in her school were recently diagnosed with pneumonia). Her lungs sounded clear and they said it was viral. Over the next 6 days and 2 more office visits, they gave me cough medicine and an inhaler. On the 10th day, 4th dr. visit, she was finally diagnosed with pneumonia through hearing the crackling in her lungs. She given Amoxicillin and was remarkably better after 24 hours. 20 days later her sister now has it (determined by x-ray) and I think I probably do too--need to get a chest x-ray.

Comment from: LatinT, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I went to the doctor due to fever and dry cough, body aches, and chills. My son also had similar symptoms. The doctor checked to see if we had the flu (both of us had the flu shot). My son's test came out positive for type A flu, but my test was negative. The doctor still decided to treat us both for flu with Tamiflu. My son got better, but by that weekend, I was much worse. My husband took me to urgent care, and I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia. They put me on seven days of antibiotics along with the ProAir inhaler. I followed up with my regular doctor and she wanted me to be on the antibiotics a total of 14 days so another script was filled. I can breathe better but I still get tired even if I go for a little walk and still have a cough.

Comment from: barbaral1965, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 27

My sister has double pneumonia. She has been in the ICU for five days and she's on a respirator. Doctors tried to take her off the respirator, but too much carbon dioxide builds up without it.

Comment from: kate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have been sick for over a month. It started with a sinus infection then went to my chest no it is walking pneumonia. I can't sleep at night for coughing even though I am taking some medicine the doctor gave me. I am on two different types of antibiotics also. I went in for a chest X-ray today and should find out the results soon. I get out of breath very quickly and if I try to do too much end up coughing my lungs out. The other day I coughed so much I became faint and passed out.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I saw doctor on Friday and she heard pneumonia in right lung. Diagnosis was walking pneumonia. Two meds were prescribed: 1000 mg of amoxicillin/day and another medication with codeine for lung pain. Any sputum that came up was grey and very sticky. One week later (now) head congestion is significantly reduced, energy level is about 90%, and my cough is shallower but chest and lung pain are still present. All in all, I'm feeling a lot better.

Comment from: Parthenia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I just remember having a cough. I have had a cough in the past that lasted more than a month, but finally went away. I thought this was just an allergy, so I did nothing for about six weeks. I was talking to my cousin about a week or so ago. When she heard me coughing, she told me to go and get checked for pneumonia. Sure enough, I was told I had pneumonia. They gave me a shot, took an x-ray, and prescribed an antibiotic. The cough continued. I feel tired, and cannot sleep.

Comment from: dhag51, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

Age 60. I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia. I had a 102.5 degree fever, severe chills, and coughing with dark colored sputum. I was prescribed 500 mg. Levaquin (antibiotic) 1 daily; Ventolin (albuterol) inhaler two puffs every four hours and Tussionex cough medication. I was sick as a dog. I thought I was dying!

Comment from: Bac Infection, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

I had no fever or other symptoms; just a cough and shortness of breath which continued to get worse over a four-week period. This was followed with difficulty breathing when lying down, accompanied by wheezing. I went to a doctor who prescribed steroids and antibiotics for bacterial infection. I began to feel better within hours of taking the meds. Managed to sleep comfortably the first night after starting antibiotics.

Comment from: cuda1956, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

I have been weak and achy for two weeks. I have been coughing up yellow sputum every morning. Finally I decided I needed to see a doctor, who did blood test and X-rays. He said I had mycoplasma pneumonia. Gave an antibiotic shot and prescribed Advair, doxycycline hyclate and hydrocodone. I hope it works because I have been feeling like I have been run over by a truck.

Comment from: Elizabeth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

As this wasn't my first "rodeo" with pneumonia I didn't really think I was that sick. I went to the ER and I even drove myself there. A chest X-ray revealed a left lobe bacterial pneumonia. I was treated with high dosages antibiotics.

Comment from: Margaret, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 19

I've had whole body aches/chills for 24 hours with a productive cough not the usual cold symptoms at all because it all came on suddenly.

Comment from: akbertol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I had chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, coughing, headache, and severe back pain. I had a chest X-ray. I was given an antibiotic, cough medicine and now I'm taking Mucinex.

Comment from: Middle Aged Mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

My only symptom was severe chest pain. Z-Pack was prescribed.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I am a 71 year old female in medium health and watch my great grandson after school. During the Xmas break I had him all day during the break and he developed a cough and fever which was diagnosed as pneumonia. The doctor gave him Zithromax and Augmentin for 7 days and he recovered nicely.

Comment from: allessior, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 23

I went to the emergency room of Hospital A with a 102F fever, coughing, very dizzy, and they took a chest x-ray and blood work and concluded I had blood pneumonia. The white cell count was high and they noticed something on the lower right lobe of the right lung. They treated me for 1/2 day with intravenous IV and released me with a prescription of Avelox.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Avelox), Prednisone with Albuterol Inhaler as needed, fluids, REST.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 17

I was diagnosed one week ago. The doctor put me on Levaquin (levofloxacin), 500 mg., once daily. My fever is virtually gone. Night sweats have stopped; however, I still sweat in my hair a little during sleep. I am 64 years old and in great health. Hopefully, the recovery won't be long. I take no other medications.

Comment from: magills, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 24

My son was given Azithromycin to take for five days, but after the third dose he was no better, actually worse. I took him to the ER where they administered Avelox intravenously. He was admitted and today is the second day of Avelox. His condition has improved greater. Still coughing and fever of 100, but definitely better than 103. Chest x-ray confirmed bacterial pneumonia. He is 20 years old.

Comment from: debo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I also was put on a course of Avelox at home but after 4 days of it I still only a slight improvement. This is the 2nd time I have gotten pneumonia in just a few months.

Comment from: james, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I am 61 and I am being treated with walking pneumonia. This is not fun. I am on a puffer and antibiotics.

Comment from: DANNO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I was admitted to the hospital for three days. I had antibiotics in the hospital, then when I was released, I was given the same prescription for the antibiotic I was given. It's called Avelox. I have never heard of this medication, but I seem to be feeling better every day.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I am 46 years old and have gotten pneumonia each year in February or March since 2006. As I am self-employed and have no insurance, so a hospital stay was out of the question. I have been put on 7 to 10 day courses of antibiotics. It seems to take me a month or two to feel 100 percent wish there was something better.

Comment from: dahlia, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 11

The treatment given for my daughter's pneumonia was Amoxicillin 500mg 3 times a day for 7 days. The pneumonia improved steadily during the course of treatment.

REFERENCES:

Lim, W.S., S.V. Baudouin, R.C. George, A.T. Hill, C. Jamieson, I. Le Jeune, et al. "British Thoracic Society Guidelines for the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults: Update 2009." Thorax 64 (Suppl III) 2009: 1-55.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Pneumococcal Vaccination." Dec. 10, 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/
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