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Comment from: Missylittlecat, 65-74 (Caregiver) Published: January 15

My doctor told me I had pneumonia and put me on Levaquin. It made me very sick, so I'm on another antibiotic. He didn't tell me if it was viral or bacterial. I'm getting worse. I was going to the emergency room but I don't know what to do.

Comment from: Dotty , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

It started over Christmas as a common cold… runny nose, coughing and feeling hot, then cold. That lasted around 5 days, then the coughing got very bad, that was 2 weeks ago, and I was coughing up mucus green/yellow, etc. I was and still am very hoarse, and the pain in my lung area in my back is so painful still. I visited my doctor twice, and both times was given a 7 day course of antibiotics and a chest x-ray that I have to wait 3 weeks for the result. The doctor says he is certain it is pneumonia. I have no energy.

Comment from: James wilson, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

After being released from the hospital I have been unable to keep food down and haven't felt hungry for about 3 days now and can't figure out why. I wonder if it is because of the pneumonia. I look like a zombie, the skin around my eyes are super dark, I am weak of course, and I'm super thirsty constantly; it seems I can keep down liquids much better but no solids.

Comment from: Bonnie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I felt fatigued for a week leading up a Friday, when I woke up with 102 fever. I stayed home but Saturday morning, I had 103.5 fever. I went to the hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia based on chest x- ray of left lung; right lung was clear. I was put on 6 days of Levaquin. I stayed home for one week, then went to work for a week, but now have worse fatigue. I had another x-ray and my lungs are clear. I feel really fatigued, and find it difficult to walk without being tired - feel like I will pass out and dizzy. It takes a long time to heal!

Comment from: Pneumonia in Bangalo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am a software engineer. I am a 25 years old female, I recently came to Bangalore, India for a new job. I agree I ate ice cream with friends, first I had cold, then the cough with mucus that didn't go away. I hated Bangalore's pollution and chilled weather. My ENT doctor said it was normal cough. One day after coming from the office I choked, and was hospitalized. I did blood test and x-ray, and now I am having pneumonia. I am taking IV injection daily as well as nebulizer therapy.

Comment from: Haily, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I have been sick with pneumonia over a lengthy time. Now I'm 53 years old with no very harsh diseases or sicknesses, and I have been sick for 4 months with a virus, I believe. But I have no cough, no congestion, only high fever and the longer time goes on I am feeling weaker, only with fever. I wonder if it could be pneumonia.

Comment from: Chris Yantolo , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I'm 28 years old. I've been up and down and it's been a month now. The doctor referred me to the hospital to be admitted but they refused. I went there when it was early, they did take the x-ray and found that I have bacteria pneumonia. So last Sunday I went to the clinic because I was in pains and I didn't have appetite. Then the clinic doctor asked me to go to a hospital and to be admitted, but the doctor did his work by checking me up, then gave me a drip, and then he took an x-ray. For the pneumonia infection he didn't admit me, he just gave me antibiotics called Ranclav 1 g, and now I feel even sicker. If I eat I vomit so I don't eat, and I have chest pain and still sweat at night. And my body is tired. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: Zoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I started to feel off on Wednesday and brushed it off as autoimmune inflammation I deal with periodically. By Friday, I had to go take a nap in my car during my lunch hour just to get through the day. I felt like something was wrong. On Saturday I felt ill but still well enough to go for a drive to the lake. By Saturday Night, I concluded I had a cough and went to get Sambucol elderberry syrup. Sunday, I spent in bed with full blown cough and fatigue. I went to work Monday and Tuesday figuring it was just a chest cold. But my cough sounded pretty bad. I also had body aches, mainly the back of my legs were killing me. I noticed on Tuesday morning that my lungs were crackling and making fizzy sounds. I also had the sweats and couldn't get warm. I had to use a blanket at work. By Wednesday, I had cold sweats, headache, low appetite, sweats, and a dry hacking cough with occasional sputum. By Wednesday, my co-workers told me to go see a doctor. I went and showed a fever of 101. I explained the sounds my lungs were making, the leg pain, and the sweats. I was diagnosed with community acquired pneumonia and put on azithromycin (that was Wednesday). By Saturday, I felt super ill, stayed in bed sleeping and coughing. I saw the doctor again on Monday saying I didn't feel much better. She heard the wheezing sounds deep in my lungs and prescribed Cefdinir and prednisone. X-ray did not reveal fluid buildup, but from what I researched, many pneumonia sufferers show negative x-rays so x-rays are on about 60 percent reliable in early stages of pneumonia. I've been off of work three more days but am now feeling better. I get tired easily though. Cough is much better.


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Comment from: Over it, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

My pneumonia started with random bouts of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea on 1 occasion 2 weeks before other symptoms, then a head cold followed. After 2 days I developed joint pain and a persistent cough. Then I had asthma like symptoms with chest and upper back pain. Green sputum was being expelled, I was short of breath and so tired. I went to a doctor who thought bronchitis but ordered a chest x-ray just to check. Left lung lobe has atelectasis and consolidation. It was pneumonia. I just finished my antibiotic, of amoxicillin 500 gm for 7 days, but still have some symptoms.

Comment from: moe t, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I have had pneumonia since December 2017. I have had 3 different antibiotics, a breather, and many x-rays. Now at Apr 20, 18 I still cough, have shortness of breath, intensive cough, and cannot lie down to sleep. Instead I sleep sitting up, or cough till the cows come home. The shortness of breath is bad enough I actually get angry during these episodes.

Comment from: Janine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

The cough itself is the worst part of pneumonia. The first few days the fever is about 100 and much rest is needed so sleep is important. The antibiotics kicked in around day 3.

Comment from: Gasping for Air, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

I have been battling the flu and bacterial pneumonia for over 5 weeks now. It takes all the energy I have to get ready in the morning, I am short of breath, sweating and feeling like I am going to blackout. I can only walk maybe 50 ft. on flat ground, or walk up a flight of steps and I am out of breath, gasping for breath. When they x-rayed my chest again last week, I was found to have double pneumonia; x-ray shows both lungs whiteout. They gave me medications and two shots and sent me home. I had gone to the third urgent care since 1-13-18, and to date, with insurance, not counting urgent care co-pays I have paid over USD 1,100.00 at the local Walgreens for medicines and inhalers. I can't stop coughing and have little energy and scared to walk for fear of passing out. After climbing a flight of stairs, my breathing is like I just ran a marathon. I think I may need to go to the hospital now. The medicines I have had thus far from these three Urgent Care visits; prednisone 10 and 20, oseltamivir, Advair Diskus, Virtussin AC, levofloxacin 750, benzonatate 100, ProAir HFA, doxycycline 100, albuterol 0.083 percent, omeprazole 40, Ventolin HFA, methylprednisolone 4, cefdinir 300, azithromycin 250, and Allegra 24; 16 medicines plus two shots, two steroid mixtures by mouth at the doctor's office and two x-rays. It is like glue is stuck to my lungs and airways and my lung capacity is near zero and will not move no matter how much I cough. I coughed so much and hard yesterday that I felt like I was blacking out. Several years ago was the first time I had double pneumonia, I felt sick and weak, but kept pushing myself to go to work. I was hooked up to IVs for 5 days. I have contracted bacterial pneumonia every year since getting it that year and sometimes I get it twice a year. It typically takes me 5 to 10 weeks to recover, but this time is the toughest with near blackouts and pass outs, I have never experienced before. It feels like I am getting no air when I breathe and my breathing is shallower. Today marks a week since my last doctor's visit and I may be at 10 percent of my normal self. I have no energy, headaches still and scared I am going to stop breathing for the first time in my life. It seems like each time I contract pneumonia the harder it is to get over it, as if it goes deeper and deeper within my lungs and thicker it gets. Hopefully this will help someone else!

Comment from: LNB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

For close to a month I've had shortness of breath, like after exercising. I am a teacher, and sometimes I would feel extra breathy while talking. But it came and went, so I thought nothing of it. A couple days ago I was at work, and the shortness of breath just wouldn't let up. I had a slight pressure in my chest, as if something was pressing on it. No cough, no fever, no phlegm, so I took myself to the hospital worried about my heart, as I have heart disease in my family. Everything came up normal, except for the chest x-ray, which the doctor said was pneumonia. I've now been on antibiotics for about 38 hours, and the breathing issue is still with me, but still no cough. Everything on the internet that I've read about pneumonia doesn't seem to apply to me, except for the shortness of breath. I wonder if this could be something other than pneumonia. Other than the shortness of breath, I feel perfectly normal.

Comment from: Emr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had headaches every day for 1 month. One day I spiked to a temperature of 102.5. That night I fell and could not move. My husband helped me up but I was disoriented and could not tell where I was. At that time I vomited which was only liquids because I hadn't eaten. He took me to the emergency room (ER) where I was diagnosed with pneumonia. When I arrived at the hospital they discovered I was in septic shock from the pneumonia. The overall mortality rate for that is 40 percent. If you have these symptoms, go to the ER. It was a scary experience.

Comment from: Koalas Mommy15, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

My age is 74. My pneumonia started out with a brief period of occasional coughing for which I would use a tad of mild cough syrup, or herbal sinus treatment. I had drainage most of the time and often tired without effort, and especially when taking my daily walk. I even got checked in at hospital with the belief it was heart symptoms and had an actual catheterization. This coughing went on for over 3 months and it sent the doctor into many tests for the heart. So I went to urgent care (UC) on Sunday finally as a safe bet. I was given concerned treatment and warnings to do a chest x-ray, and steroids as well as a list of other things. A throat culture was also taken here at the UC; my ears were treated by flushing, and I went home feeling some actual relief of the pressure in my head and chest! I was given a steroid shot and starting on amoxicillin went on to rest at home. A relief. Yet, still not a diagnosis until Tuesday when I got the call it was a lung infection better known as bacterial pneumonia! I had been walking around with it for months upon months only suspecting this due to some of my symptoms and I am not in the medical field, just read a lot about good health.


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Comment from: onmywings, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

After suffering years of pneumonia bouts and treated by my family doctor, I went to a pulmonologist. Amazing, he knows exactly what to do and does not give just one little treatment, he hits it hard and fast starting with a shot and heavy antibiotics. Pneumonia is deadly. See the expert in that field, your life may depend on it. My family doctor was not equipped to properly deal with this. My pulmonologist sees it on a regular basis and has more knowledge.

Comment from: Loangirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I had pneumonia and after I recovered, my doctor suggested I take a pneumonia shot that came in two parts. I took the first part and had a reaction, so I was encouraged not to take part two of the shot. I am concerned that I might get pneumonia again and wonder what I should do now. The site on my arm where I got the shot, became inflamed, swollen and itched. It did this on a monthly basis for almost a year.

Comment from: Shin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

About 3 weeks ago I went to my primary care physician (PCP) and told him I thought I was developing bronchitis. I have had it twice already this year. He told me he believed it was adult onset allergies. I continued to cough and cough and feel progressively worse. Last week I went to my gynecologist and she listened to my lungs, advised me to have an x-ray. I was diagnosed with pneumonia. She wanted me to go back to my PCP and show him the x-ray. He did another x-ray (after being on antibiotics for less than 48 hours) and told me my lungs were clear as a bell and that I should not be doctor hopping. He does not perform Pap smears, breast exams, etc., so I have to go to a gynecologist. I am still coughing although less than before the medication. I want to know if I should believe that my lungs are already clear and does that mean I am well. Because I don't feel well. I am to take the medicines for 10 days.

Comment from: Lynzy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I have never been known medically to go by a text book. I have extensive health asthma as well as metastatic disease in the upper and outer quadrant with right and left pneumothorax. I felt pain breathing in on left side I had a mild cough, no different than any other day. Once up and moving I felt better but then at night started with low fever 100 to 101 maximum. I'd wake up with no fever, pain would diminish, and I'd feel great. I did finally call my doctor. Due to the fevers, I had a chest x-ray, and to my surprise it was pneumonia. Historically, I'd be in the ICU. Antibiotics, lots of water and still scratching my head.

Comment from: volfan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 15

I have been dealing with pneumonia for almost 5 weeks now. At first the only symptoms were, no energy, constantly coughing up junk, terrible wheezing, and constant shortness of breath. After 5 weeks I still cough up junk and get a little winded but breathing has improved. I still have low energy and some days it feels like it's almost over but then a day or two later I will feel pretty bad. I went through two rounds of strong antibiotics, steroids and still taking breathing treatments. I am ready to feel well again!

Comment from: Migesh, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

I just spent 36 hours in the hospital with the only primary symptoms being extreme headache just under the skull on top of my head (even my hair hurts), and sustained temperatures between 101 and 104. I am waiting 2 days for some cultures to develop, as they originally suspected encephalitis and/or meningitis. The last test was a chest x-ray which showed a light cloudy area in my left lung, so they now include pneumonia as a possible cause. The problem is that my blood and urine and spinal fluid tests all showed no signs of any infection, such as high white blood cell counts, etc. Also, I have no cough or chest pain or difficulty breathing, and when they listen to my chest, they cannot hear anything abnormal. I have been prescribed 5 days of Levaquin under the assumption I may have pneumonia, but the doctors were stumped by my lack of normal chest symptoms. I am now at home, still with really intense headaches and persistent fever of 100.5 to 102.5.

Comment from: Tikalasi, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 12

I went to the doctor last week and I found out I have pneumonia. This has been going for a while that it has infected my lungs which have started to bleed. I did not know I had pneumonia because I felt absolutely fine until last Thursday when I coughed out blood. So I decided to go see the doctor for a checkup. I had no sign of fever, chest-pain or anything besides coughing out blood and a back pain. The doctor decided to take a blood count and an x-ray test and found out my red blood cell count is fine but the white blood cell count is not normal. However the doctor gave me amoxicillin to take three times a day. I hope this will stop the bleeding.

Comment from: anon71, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I got pneumonia whilst working in Kuala Lumpur. I started with what I thought was a cold but I couldn't get warm and had goose bumps all over my body and was shivering. I went to the doctor who said I had a virus and therefore didn't need antibiotics. After a few days I started to feel worse and then really disoriented and sick. Luckily someone called BUPA for me as I was covered through my employers. They advised to take me straight to hospital and within the hour I was on a nebulizer and hooked up to a drip of antibiotics. I was in for 3 days and begged the doctor to let me fly home to the UK so I could recover at home. I have not been right since and it is nearly 8 months later. I had to have another set of antibiotics, got a really bad cold within weeks, now I have another lung infection which luckily I have caught early and am on really strong antibiotics. Before all this I used to run 10K a week and never had problems with my lungs. My chest feels sore and tight all the time and gets worse at random times of the day. I still cough all the time and have 2 inhalers one powder based that I take twice a day and the other I take when I start to cough. I have been tested negative for asthma but the nurse said I ran out of breath really quickly and it didn't improve after using the inhaler. I am sorry for such a long story, I hope it helps someone out there.

Comment from: Porshe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

Before double pneumonia I had the flu for a week, loss of appetite. On the 5th day I felt better to go to work only to find out I had shortness of breath. I went to the emergency room to find out I had pneumonia in both lungs. After having IVs of antibiotics I was released the 5th day with antibiotics for 12 days that on the 5th day of using left me with shortness of breath and increased heartbeat. I was referred to colloidal silver plus and three table spoons in one day had cleared up shortness of breath, but I continued it for a week. After two weeks with the pneumonia I am feeling like myself after using it. I urge you to use it and you will feel the difference in one day. I had to share because I feel good and returning to work after a 4 week bout with flu and then pneumonia.

Comment from: MJThompson, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I've been ill with pneumonia for about a week and surprisingly, haven't felt short of breath yet. The pain started on my right side and spread across my chest. It hurt more when I inhaled. It hurt inside my body, not in my chest wall. After two days it became so painful as to be worrisome. Then I started a constant forceful dry cough, my fever went over 101 F and stayed there for days. My throat became very painful from coughing. Appetite was uneven. I became nauseated after too much activity. I became extremely hoarse after two days of coughing. There is very little nasal congestion or running. I am constantly weak. The doctor prescribed Zithromax, benzonatate for cough, and a fever reducer. Prior to taking benzonatate, I didn't have a sensation of chest congestion and my cough was dry. After starting benzonatate my cough became productive. Fever started to drop 48 hours after starting Zithromax. Six days after the pain started, I am not so weak and my chest is not painful, only sore. I still have lots of coughing and rattling, and I haven't got my voice back yet.

Comment from: chuck p. md, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

Don't let classic symptoms fool you. My only symptoms of pneumonia were not getting enough air, nausea, and chills. No cough, no headache no fever, etc. I was fine and went in for a total knee replacement (TKR). On the fourth day I was sent home. Within 12 hours I was fighting for my life in the emergency room. After 6 days in ICU I was home and lungs were clear. Diagnosis was pleural effusion, bacterial pneumonia, and acute respiratory failure. The cause was never determined. Heart, liver, kidneys all were well. I was not intubated during the TKR surgery.

Comment from: cindee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was just having bronchitis symtoms and feeling extra tired. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with bronchitis, treated with IV antibiotics and sent home with prescriptions. The next morning I was not coughing much but I feel more tired and had developed diarrhea and shortness of breath. My daughter took me to a different ER. On the way there I had temporary loss of my vision and on the way in to ER. I thought I had difficulty getting my breath. My blood pressure was 50/37 upon arrival. The diagnosis at this ER was at first bacterial pneumonia but later I was told it was sepsis and by the next morning, I was on a ventilator. I was told my kidneys were shutting down. I was on a vent for six days. What a nightmare. At only 46 years old with no previously diagnosed medical problems except arthritis and migrane headaches, even the doctors were perplexed. Swine flu and all immune defecit diseases were ruled out. Apparently I had allowed myself to get dehydrated and became anemic and did not go to the doctor right away because I had felt sicker in the past and had gotten better without help. After sixteen days in the hospital I am getting back to normal. Energy level is improving but not quite there and I seem to forget things more and present more scattered than before. Hopefully the neuro issues are related to the medications that were given to me to paralyze me and evenually I will be back to my old self. Being that close to death and having a six year old to raise is pretty scary. I thank God that I am here today.

Published: September 10

I had a severe chest pain one day at work with lightheadedness and tingling in fingers. I had had a bad cold about two weeks earlier, but it had cleared up. The pain lasted about 15 minutes then subsided. I went home, ate a normal supper, took a hot bath and went to bed. Within one hour I was chilling all over my body and became extremely nauseous. I had no clue what was wrong and just endured all of this with a fever. I did not have a thermometer, but knew I was very hot. In the early morning we went to a walk in clinic. They thought I might be having a heart attack, due to the fact I am 53, a woman, and had had the chest pain, and had really no sign of a cough or anything. After blood tests and x-rays, however, it was determined I had pneumonia. They gave me intravenous IV antibiotics in the hospital and then let me go home with another antibiotic prescription. I go back to doctor in two weeks.

Comment from: LabFinder, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

Coughing was the least of my problems, and then I had trouble breathing with wheezing sounds. I just thought that it was my asthma acting up. But it was later did I know that it was pneumonia that triggered my asthma.

Comment from: Marso, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I was diagnosed with double pneumonia 2 weeks ago while on holiday. I was given intravenous antibiotics and intravenous steroids while I was in hospital, now I am home I still have a high temperature.

Comment from: Squirt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had pneumonia three weeks ago. I am now starting to lose my energy and get out of breath easy, doing nothing practically. I also have arthritis.

Comment from: terrifaye, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had bacterial pneumonia for 4 months, and was in ICU for 9 days. I also have COPD but had never been on oxygen. Now I have white thick mucus at least twice a day. I am concerned. I will see my doctor very soon.

Comment from: Maddi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

The only symptoms of pneumonia I had were weakness in the legs, tiredness and general feeling of being unwell. Two months later I am still feeling off. I had antibiotics but don't feel I have ever recovered fully.

Comment from: rose, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I had a recent test done for a stomach problem and my esophagus was dilated. Shortly after the procedure I developed bacterial pneumonia. I feel like the scope was contaminated and I ended up with the bacterial pneumonia.

Comment from: loggerswife, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I had a dry tickle cough for two days. I tried OTC remedies and it didn't seem to get better. On the 3rd day I had a fever and felt weak. I went to the ER. They started an IV, drew blood , did an EKG because my pulse and BP were so high, did a Chest XR and I was told I had bacterial pneumonia. I went home on antibiotics, 7 days worth, cough syrup , Tessalon Pearls, Mucinex. Went in to see my regular doctor 5 days later and he continued the antibiotic for 3 more days. I have a second chest XR tomorrow. I hope it's on the mend, after 10 days I am still having a productive cough, though not as colored or as often. I can't sleep at night or lye flat down on the bed without coughing to death! That's a good thing! How scary. I missed one week of work and I am too weak to think about Christmas shopping or dinner. Maybe next year.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I thought I was getting a cold. I began taking Tylenol. By day eight I was having a fever, night sweats (terrible). I was working on a literature review paper for my masters class at the university. My paper came out very disoriented. (this is now a nightmare). I saw my doctor on the 10th day of my illness. I was given Levaquin for 10 days. After 10 days I was not getting better. I returned to my doctor. She sent me for a chest X-Ray. It showed that I had an infusion in my left lung that was synonymous with bacterial pneumonia. On return to my doctor, I was given 1 shot of Rocephalin, 1 shot of Solu-Medrol, Prednisone (Steroids), and Keflex (Antibiotic) for 7 days. This is day 21 since the onset of my illness, and day two of my second round of treatment. I am presenting a little better, (if you all can make sense out of this), but not much stronger in my body. I sleep a lot, thank God for that. Let's keep praying for each other.

Comment from: windchime, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was at work and experiencing chest pain and I had a bad headache so I went to a local clinic and they redirected me to the nearest hospital. The chest pain worsened and I had the chills I was shaking all over. When I finally saw the triage nurse she took me into an examining room and took all my vitals. I was immediately put on oxygen and IV fluids and put on a heart rate monitor. The pain was getting worse so I was given 2 doses of morphine a few hours apart and 2 sprays of nitro for the chest pain. I wasn't allowed to have any fluids. After about 9 hours I was given a chest x-ray and they took 2 vials of blood. An hour later I was diagnosed with pneumonia. 2 hours later I was given a prescription of antibiotics and sent home. The next day I picked up my prescription and after taking I had an allergic reaction and for 2 days I could not sleep. I called my pharmacist and I was told I needed to stop this medication and my regular medications because they were causing a reaction. I saw my family doctor and was put on a new antibiotic. I still have the chest pain and troublesleeping. I see the doctor in 2 weeks.Hopefully all will be okay.

Comment from: Jantschl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I was spray painting in my shed (2 hours ago) and when I cleared my throat after returning in my kitchen, there was this green spray paint in the mucus. I am sure that I was breathing the paint through my nose but have no idea of how much. I have not seen a physician.

Comment from: Marzidotes, 75 or over (Patient) Published: January 28

I recently had a colonoscopy. I vaguely remember coughing while still in the procedure room and hearing someone saying that I had spit up. I am so glad I heard that as they did not put it in my chart. That afternoon, I started to spit up blood. Then came severe chills and shaking. This lasted about seven hours. The next day I went to the ER and found out I had aspirated vomit into my lungs and an X-ray showed pneumonia in my left top lobe. I had no idea you could get it that fast. I wish I had gone to the ER the first night but I couldn't imagine sitting in the waiting room shaking like that for five hours.

Comment from: D k, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

It was awful. I had it for about six month, one of which was spent in the hospital.

Comment from: Tracy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I went to work on Friday. By the end of the day, I had a cough and a fever of 101 degrees. The doctor looked me over, listened to my lungs and said that it was just the flu and sent me home with a prescription for Tamiflu. A few days later, I was not feeling any better, but went to work. I went to the hospital and after a nasal swab for flu, blood tests, breathing treatments, examinations, and chest X-rays, the doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia in my right lung. He said that strangely enough, four different doctors were unable to detect anything wrong by listening to my lungs with a stethoscope, but with the X-rays, there was no denying the pneumonia.

Comment from: anon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I received a blow to my chest and went to the A&E with shortness of breath and difficulty talking. I was diagnosed bruised ribs and sent home with pain relief. I was warned to be careful with breathing so I don't get pneumonia. Two days later noticed bloody cough with horrid infectious odor to it. I ignored it. I went back to doctor a week later once fever added itself to the mix. I had bacterial pneumonia. It appears there was some damage to lung from the blow, which got infected, bled into lung and rest is history.

Comment from: annette stiff, 55-64 Female Published: June 10

I'm a 54 year old lady.and have been having problems with my whole body. Starting with my menopause and now my breathing is very slow and I cough sometimes without the saliva. I know i'm going through systems of menopause, and also have chills and sweating a lot. My body is always cold and shaking. Especially when i have a couple of drinks on the weekends. I get so sick and be shaking so hard, I cannot even hold a glass without it slipping out of my hands, so i get home and get under the covers and right now today i don't even like drinking even socially, because i'm afraid of what will happen over and over again.

Comment from: missginns, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 20

My son has had flu like symptoms when he also had a tonic clonic seizure. Since then he has had days off with headaches, fatigue and tonsillitis, only to discover he has glandular fever (which explained the swelling of his neck, stiff shoulders and puffy face). Unfortunately he was admitted to hospital as his breathing and O2 levels were dipping way low. Soon after this his X-ray showed pneumonia. The tonsillitis and fever had spread quickly to his lungs and he was having difficulty breathing.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: March 08

Within 24 hours I was severely sick with a cough and I had a hard time breathing. I was in the hospital for 3 days. I should have stayed 4-5.The IV treatments and breathing meds helped me heal. The bed was so uncomfortable, I could not sleep. I drank about a gallon of fluid a day. I didn't eat much. I am or was a smoker. I totally quit after this.

Comment from: Margaret, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I was ill for just one day with flu-like symptoms, then I was left with a chesty cough. After having this cough for three weeks I suddenly developed a very painful, crippling stabbing pain in the right of my chest. It was so very painful to move. I went to my doctor who said I had a chest infection, put me on a weeks' course of antibiotics and sent me for an x-ray. The results showed I had pneumonia in the right lung. I had completed the course of antibiotics and expected to get more but my doctor said what was left of the infection would clear on its' own and may take 2-3 weeks. I have to go back in 4 weeks for him to listen to my chest and from that he will decide whether I need a repeat x-ray. I have never experienced anything more painful in my life. I have been in contact with a baby with cryptosporidium and was changing the baby's nappy for three weeks and I am wondering if I could have developed pneumonia from that.

Comment from: calicky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I recently developed bacterial pneumonia. I had "no" symptoms. No fever, no coughing, only fatigue, but I'm an active person and have fatigue often. Being a veteran I receive medical care at the VA. I had a scheduled appointment to have an eye examination. While in the eye clinic I took a drink of water and could not breathe. I was rushed to the ER around the corner from the eye clinic and put on oxygen. That's the last thing I remember. I was transported to the local hospital, put on life support and awakened 11 days later. They diagnosed me with bacterial pneumonia and drew 750cc's of fluid out of my right lung. My respiratory system shut down as well as my kidneys. I was ventilated twice during the 11 days on life support and was on a number of medicines to clear up the infection. I had an infection in my body that I was unaware of and therefore, went untreated. How long? I do not know. They say the infection then traveled to my blood stream and the rest is history. I was in the hospital for 16 days, couldn't walk or write after coming off life support. It has now been five weeks, all my tests are normal, I am walking and writing and my old self once again with the exception of my stamina, which is also returning. I had a very close call. I understand there is a pneumonia injection, good for five years, which you can have administered for my peace of mind and definitely plan on getting it as soon as I am physically able..

Comment from: busylady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I became ill in June with a fever of 101 with shaking chills and generalized body aches. The fever persisted for 4 days. I had no respiratory symptoms, no cough, no shortness of breath and was not coughing up any mucus. I felt progressively worse as the week went by. I saw my physician who listened to my lungs and they were clear. She thought it was a virus but, just in case, sent me for a chest X-ray and put me on an antibiotic. The X-ray revealed pneumonia which had affected 2 lobes of my lung. We were all pretty shocked that I had this since it was summer and I didn't have any respiratory symptoms. I am young and healthy.

Comment from: bigbadjim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

My symptoms of pneumonia started out like an allergic reaction when I went back to work after a July 4th holiday weekend. I thought my wife switched brands of laundry soap but she didn't. I had red itchy welts all over my body. After a week it went away but I still felt weak and tired. As time progressed I was coughing up yellow/brown mucus that was thick and I coughed a lot. I had night sweats where I would soak a pillow. I kept going to bed earlier and earlier as time went on. I got to the point where I had no energy and had a hard time breathing. I finally went to the emergency room the week after Labor Day and guess what? I was in the hospital for two weeks. I had to take antibiotics every six hours for six weeks then oral antibiotics for two weeks. I had a chest tube in me for 4 months and just had it removed January 12 2010. I go back to work this next week after over 7 mounts out of work!

Comment from: Alli, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I recently had pneumonia. I had a high fever, accompanied by coughing and shortness of breath. I was treated in the ER and then I was admitted to the hospital for four days. The doctors advised me that this can take a month to clear up.

Comment from: schristy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 15

I began to feel tired Friday evening. By Saturday had shaking chills, and even with eight blankets and space heater, nothing helped. I had a fever over 103. I went to the doctor on day 6 and I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia in left lung. This was a TOTAL surprise since I've never been sick in my life!

Comment from: Draglyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I went to work Monday. As the day progressed I felt more tired and started sneezing fits. Monday night I had trouble sleeping. By Tuesday morning I woke up long enough to call for an appointment and found out I had walking pneumonia and a sinus infection. I got double antibiotics, an inhaler and some decongestants. All though I am better, I am still weak and coughing stuff up. Hot tea with honey has helped.

Comment from: Ladybugg96, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had a cough for about two weeks. I thought it was just cold and sinus related. I get it every year. Then the chest pain on the left side started, along with shortness of breath and a cough that produced sputum with brown and red spots in it. I have chills and a headache along with body aches and that “floating head” feel you get when you feel fuzzy. The doctor said it's walking pneumonia and I was given an inhaler to help with the shortness of breath and an antibiotic for the infection. I have a follow-up appointment in a week unless I begin to feel worse. My doctor said my cough can last up to six more weeks.

Comment from: moosemountain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I am a 52 year-old female and very healthy, and I take no medications. It started with severe aches, especially neck and back, and dry tickle chest cough which kept me from sleeping. I also had a stomach ache one night. I had a fever for several days, and wheezing in chest upon exhale. Finally went to emergency room after waking up with very severe pain in left chest under breast when I coughed. Thought I had cracked a rib when I had 10 minute sneezing fit day before. Bacterial pneumonia was diagnosis.

Comment from: rjnsound, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I had a cold and some chest pain, which subsided, but the cough and congestion remained... I couldn't seem to cough anything out of my chest. The center of my chest was heavy and ached with a sharp-ish pain in the lower right side when breathing deeply. After 2 weeks of this, I went to my doctor who said I have bronchitis and bacterial pneumonia and sent me for an X-ray. The prescription said "diminished sound in right lower lung accompanied by pain". They said the X-ray didn't show enough and sent me for a CT scan. It was just done today, but I am hoping the Augmentin helps so I don't end up in the hospital.

Comment from: Concerned Mom, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My 6yr old daughter woke up 5 days ago with vomiting, fever, chills and weakness. I took her to the doctor and she tested negative for H1N1. The doctor felt she had a new virus. She was getting over another virus as well as a urinary tract infection. The cough was still there. She had fevers up to 104 degrees. I took her into ER and they took chest x-rays. She had pneumonia in the upper right lobe. Today is her first day back to school. She is still having pain in that area when she breathes, but her fever is gone and she has more energy.

Comment from: Marcia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I had a cough, fever, nausea, body aches for 2 1/2 days. I couldn't breathe easily during the night, and I went to doctor next morning. I was told I had H1N1 and pneumonia in one lung. Doctor gave me Tamiflu and an antibiotic. I've been really sick so I took a week off work. I was diagnosed 12 days ago. My chest and back still feel heavy and achy, but the cough is getting better. I have no energy and I've been sleeping a lot.

Comment from: floppy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I thought I just had a routine chest cold. After 4 days of a pounding headache, 101-104 degree temperatures, chest pain, bed sweats, chills.....pretty much just total torture. On day 5 I went to the ER. Ends up it wasn't a chest cold. A large shot of antibiotics in the rear and some horse-sized pills and the fever has subsided. Now it's just some hot sweats with no fever and an aching cough. This is day 7.

Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I started out with a cough and stuffy nose. Then the next few days I had fever from between 100.9 to 103.2. I was fever free the next morning, but was still coughing a lot. The day after that, I was feeling bad again with a temperature of 102.4. Finally, I felt really bad on the 7th day of being sick with 104.0 temperature and coughing all night long and into the morning. I went to a clinic and they said I needed to get to the ER. I went to the ER and they did a chest X-ray and determined I had bacterial pneumonia. I am 50 years of age. I stayed in the hospital for 4 days. I was just released today with Levaquin 500 mg. that I have to take for 7 days. I have an appointment with the doctor in 1 week. I should have seen a doctor after being sick for 5 days but I waited until day 8. I won't be doing that ever again.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 06

I'm the partner of a 38 yr old man who was diagnosed with pneumonia on the 11th of September. He had felt ill for a while but felt worse in the past, we so never thought he was that seriously ill. He suddenly became very nauseated, very cold and couldn't breathe, so went to the nearest ER, and within 20 minutes, he had developed sepsis and went into septic shock. All of his organs shut down and he has been on a ventilator ever since. He is now in a very slow recovery, and none of us thought he would make it. He still has renal failure, and is having to have his feet amputated, but he's still alive, which is all I can ask for. We have having four young children and having to tell them that their daddy may not come home is my worst nightmare.

Comment from: c.b., 45-54 Female Published: October 06

I went to bed, feeling like I was coming down with the flu. By 2am, I had shaking chills and a temp greater than 104. The worst part was the severe weakness. The next morning my hubby took me to a walk-in clinic. I couldn't even walk; I was so weak, my husband got a wheelchair to bring me in. The doc examined me and labs were drawn. I asked for a chest x-ray (b/c I've had pneumonia 4x before)--the doc questioned my request saying "But you are not coughing". I insisted and the X/R was done--it showed bilateral pneumonias. At this point, I was starting to have chest pain and my breathing had become rapid. My husband drove me to the E.R. and I was admitted; but within 1 hr of admission, I crashed. My BP dropped to an undetectable level on the BP machine. I was transferred to ICU and spent 4 days there--twice a code was called due to respiratory arrest. I developed severe abdominal pain and nausea/vomiting from an enlarged spleen and liver. I had no cough and was unable to produce any sputum to culture. I have to say, this whole experience was surreal. I was discharged after 8 days in the hospital.

Comment from: Larry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

Yesterday was told that I have pneumonia. I thought my shortness of breath was from allergies. I have a dry nagging cough which doesn't allow me to sleep, and sweating but no fever. I started antibiotics (Levaquin) yesterday. It's scary when you can't take a full intake of air. I have 5 days of pills and I hope I will get better. Wish I knew the source of catching this...it is not fun....

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

When i was about 14 I was having trouble breathing and I could stay up in class I was always complaining of my chest hurting. I thought it was just a common cold or the flu from cheering out in the hail and rain so I just stayed home. Well when I couldn't walk anymore that started to worry me. I had no idea what was wrong; it felt like I was dying. My mom had come home my temp was 103 she got scared. I had to be carried out to the car and into the hospital. It felt like my chest was collapsing. I'm already pale as it is, but I was grayish looking and had no color. It was going from my right lung and a little in my left. I was walking around with it for 1 and a half weeks with out any doctor suspecting anything. After a while of staying home I finally got better although I couldn't and wouldn't eat. I got better.


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