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Pneumonia

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Comment from: Janet, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have low temperature of 35 degrees, headaches, nausea, and a bad cough from pneumonia. And when I breathe I can feel crackling and pain in my back. I am 8 months pregnant.

Comment from: Montana Jess , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

Emergency room x-ray diagnosed pneumonia about one week ago. Last few days I have had severe mid-back pain. I am taking all antibiotics and simply cannot handle this pain. Feels like kidney issues. It hurts to breathe.

Comment from: Wow, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

I have bloody stools with pneumonia.

Comment from: PneumoniaInNY, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

If you think you have any of these symptoms go and get checked for pneumonia. Cough with heavy wheezing, fever, heavy body aches that come on strong out of nowhere, chills, mentally feel out of focus, chest pain, and back pain or stabbing pain near lungs when you cough. These are all symptoms that came on within 36 hours of waking up with body aches feeling like a cold was coming on. It's been 11 days and I am headed back to the doctor in the morning. Need another antibiotic possibly. I am taking Augmentin twice a day.

Comment from: Celine, 19-24 (Patient) Published: November 05

My pneumonia symptoms were dry and wet cough, and a sharp pain in the left ribcage inside.

Comment from: Natasha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My pneumonia symptoms were sore throat, funny nose, dry tickly cough, and pain in my ribs, back and chest.

Comment from: Tanya, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I started having back spasms Friday night, woke up Saturday feeling okay, just a little sore. Come Saturday night I was coughing. I woke up Sunday morning with other pneumonia symptoms like a sore back, chest and ribs, and a super sore throat. I woke up in the middle of the night in so much pain. As soon as I move around too much I lose my breath and become super sore. I also have the worst headache ever!

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

With pneumonia I have severe pain in my chest, feeling as if injured chest from inside. I am also having temperature every 2nd day. Feeling severe fatigue after even a little physical work.

Comment from: Erika, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have very bad middle to lower back pain in both sides. I have a fever of 101.4. No cough but it hurts to take a deep breath. I have pneumonia in both lungs in 3 different areas. I had to be hospitalized for a few days. It came out of nowhere, I am a healthy 24 year old female.

Comment from: pain in the back, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 16

I was diagnosed to have pneumonia. The worst is my back pain. I have trouble sleeping. I am taking azithromycin 250 mg one pill for 4 days. Hope this will be enough pills to clear up the pneumonia.

Comment from: Maureen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

My pneumonia symptoms are shortness of breath, nonproductive cough, and pain in my chest when coughing. I have been on antibiotics for four days.

Comment from: Boom, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 07

I have a 10 year old with chesty cough, and sore chest when coughing, is snotty, wheezing, and has blocked ear from pneumonia.

Comment from: Janis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

X-ray of lower left lung revealed pneumonia. My back was sore and left side was sore when pushed on the abdominal area.

Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

My chest hurts, I am running a fever, my body aches, urine stinks, and I am always coughing because of pneumonia.

Comment from: Sorcha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Sneezing, mild cough, and a terrible headache are my pneumonia symptoms. I have longstanding bronchiectasis.

Comment from: Perfect, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 09

My upper back aches and I can't stop coughing because of pneumonia. I also have loss of voice and my breathing is rattled.

Comment from: Molly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have severe back pain, body aches and headache because of pneumonia.

Comment from: Christopher , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

My pneumonia symptoms are coughing, pain in my side and lower back.

Comment from: Fralou, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My pneumonia symptoms are a bad cough, pain in my rib cage, back and legs.

Comment from: Sandra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

My pneumonia symptoms are fever during the night, slight chills, my chest feels heavy with pressure, I feel like a lump in the throat, shortness of breath, very tired, and weak. My hunger increased but I don't feel full after eating. My legs are feeling weak.

Comment from: Gybdee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I have side pain every time I cough, and my ear is starting to hurt now. I finished my antibiotics for pneumonia on Sunday and I'm still not feeling well.

Comment from: Shirley , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

With pneumonia I have a pain in my lower back, keep coughing, feel tired all the time and am vomiting.

Comment from: Sandra , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

With pneumonia I have trouble breathing after walking or moving around, fever, chills without the actual fever temperature, crackly pain in my chest when I breathe or bend over, am muggy and sweaty, and have loss of weight, and no matter how much I eat I still look and feel empty.

Comment from: Charlene, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

My pneumonia symptoms are nonstop constant wheezing, shortness of breath, dryness of mouth, bloody stools and it is bloody when wiping my buttock. I have headache and body aches, I am also a diabetic and my lower left lung has signs of pneumonia.

Comment from: Regina Harris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I was on antibiotics and steroids from the Friday evening and by Tuesday night couldn't stop coughing. My ribs were so sore. I brought up some phlegm with great difficulty and there was a very fine streak of blood in it. I rang my doctor and he said to come up immediately. I tried to shower but the steam went against me. I knew l had pneumonia. I went to Accident and Emergency. I was admitted to the hospital. I had pneumonia, asthma was finally diagnosed, and bilateral blood clots in both lungs. It took me months to get over it. It happened again after doctor took me off blood thinners. Now I am on them for life. Lucky to be alive.

Comment from: Shelly, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 02

I am coughing and my lower back is sore on the right side when I breathe, and move at times. And I have asthma. I am worried if these are pneumonia symptoms.

Comment from: Phillip, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I cough so serious and can't breathe very well because of pneumonia. Since it started I barely get to sleep at times.

Comment from: Zee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My pneumonia symptoms are sore throat, ears pulling and a heaviness that's slightly sore in my chest.

Comment from: Queen, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 14

I'm a 46 year old woman, mother of 3 boys. I got the flu 3 months ago but it turned out to be a very bad one. I had fevers and all that but I'm still coughing and I'm feeling weak, no energy. My lungs and back are paining and my lungs feel like there's something in it when I cough. My phlegm is so green and now lately my throat is swelling up. I am worried if these are pneumonia symptoms.

Comment from: Vivien, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

I have previous history of severe COPD, recurring chest infections, respiratory and cardiac failure. My chest is painful breathing in and I am coughing, but the pain is at the back of my thorax. I am worried it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Jo Fox, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I have long standing bronchitis and seasonal asthma. I am wondering if I have pneumonia as it has been horrific for weeks including lower back pain, more so when I cough, but constantly.

Comment from: Mad-3, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have this slight deep cough, not constant. But I have this pain in the middle of my chest, on the inside almost like a pressure but not. I've had a sore throat and fever, I think it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Sick in Tn , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I believe I have a sinus infection, coughing, mucus, body aches, stuffed nose, and a hard time breathing. I am worried it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Max , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

When lying down I am constantly clearing my chest of phlegm. I have a bad headaches also, but no temperature or cough. I am curious as to what it could be, wondering if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Carly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

My pneumonia symptoms are real bad cough, cold but sweating, and aching.

Comment from: Sick as hell, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I don't really know if pneumonia is what's going on, but I have cold chills, bad breath even though I brushed my teeth, sides hurts really bad, and my husband said I was burning up last night. And my head hurts really badly.

Comment from: Brownie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

Well, I went swimming in my pool day before yesterday and yesterday I started hurting really bad in the lower left side, and my belly has swollen up. When I take a deep breath it hurts all around my lower back and I have a cough. The pain kept me up all night last night in tears. I don't understand, worried it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Rosie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had a 24 hour tummy bug, throwing up, diarrhea, and low fever. Then after 24 hours I had sudden severe back pain in the middle back both sides, and lung area each time I cough. Now, I have a low fever of 100 degrees that has stayed into the 2nd day. Worried I have pneumonia.

Comment from: Blondie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I feel cold, have a slight cough and feel like my breathing isn't right. I had a really bad pain on the left side of my back in the early hours of this morning. I am worried that it is pneumonia.

Comment from: mallison, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

My sickness was a fever for days and sporadic coughing with chest pain and fatigue. The doctor said it was bronchitis but very close to being pneumonia. At the time I had no shortness of breath. I'm on erythromycin now. This was yesterday afternoon. Now I have the shortness of breath asked about and feel a little freaked out like I am suffocating. I can hear a squeak when I try to get my breath. Now no one at the doctor's is answering the phone and we are in a major blizzard.

Comment from: downtowntiger, Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I started off with the body aches and high fever (my normal temp is 97, so 102 was really high). No cough until 4 days later. I was treated with an antibiotic for secondary infection (sinus). I was first diagnosed with parainfluenza. Four days later, I had a chest x ray at my own insistence. Sure enough, the entire left lung had pneumonia. I doubled up on my antibiotic and actually felt better other than the fatigue. I ran out of sick days, so I finally went back to the doctor to check out the pneumonia. It was gone. I was given a shot of rocephin "JUST TO BE SURE" which hurt so much I didn't feel better. I was not getting better. No fever, but the coughing up junk was worse and worse. Then, my head became very congested and I couldn't breathe. Still, lungs were clear. It was determined that allergies caused all of my problems, even though I was on allergy shots for 3 months prior. Sickest I have ever been and still recovering 6 weeks later.

Comment from: Ams6361, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I'm a college freshman. I was perfectly healthy, and one day, a pain in my lower back hit. It was sporadic for the first few days, and I thought I pulled a muscle. Two days later, it was nearly unbearable. I went to my campus doctor, and he agreed it was probably a muscle since I had no other symptoms. No cough, muscle aches, chest pains, headaches or fevers. Over the weekend, it got considerably worse, and I ended up in the ER. Turns out, it was walking pneumonia.

Comment from: Cristina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I am 35 years old and I have been coughing tremendously with a lot of chest pain. For the past four days I had no sleep what so ever. I started off with a slight fever of about 100 F with severe chills. The fever went away and was followed by a sore throat, chills, and bad body aches. I have since been up every night coughing and gagging. Every time I lay down my throat gets itchy and mucus builds up causing me to cough continuously all night. This has been going on for four to five days now.

Comment from: bedge823, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I had been sick for a month but thought it was a chest cold. Started throwing up at night and after a few nights, I was in so much pain. On my last night at home, I became unconscious off and on. The chest pain was so severe that I thought I was having a heart attack. I managed to call an ambulance and was taken to the hospital with really low oxygen levels, pre-shutdown of kidneys, pain on a scale of 1 - 10, an 11 or 12! I spent 10 days in the hospital, the first two I don't remember at all. The only good thing that came out of this was that I quit smoking after 45 years! I am 62 years old!

Comment from: Sick Student, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I have pneumonia; I am a College student on break. I started symptoms during the first week of break the night I came home from a root canal surgery and I was on a course of amoxicillin for the abscess tooth. My symptoms have been consistent, painful cough, nasty sputum, green/brown thick smelly and foul. I have an intense headache, sick to stomach, weak, muscle ache, intense lack of energy. No other symptoms at all, no sore throat, no sneezing pain when breathing in and constant noisy breath, like popcorn breathing. I am in great health, exercise, thin. Illness has been going 3 weeks strong.

Comment from: Shellarella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Chest pain and hoarseness began Monday morning. By Tuesday I had severe chest and back pain, slight non productive cough. Wednesday: SEVERE HEADACHE, no sleep, fever ranging between 102.2 - 103.4, severe chest and back pain, non-productive cough that caused the pain to go higher than a 10 on the pain scale, chills, sweats, shortness of breath, wheezing, felt HORRIBLE! I went to the ER and after being given a Flu Test (negative), several rounds of Neb Treatments, chest X-rays and medications. I was sent home being told I had Bronchitis. I received a call from the hospital 5 hours after leaving ER to be told the doctor reviewed my X-Ray and I do have Pneumonia and be sure to take all the medications prescribed. Not quite 24 hours later, my headache is better; the non-productive cough is unbearably painful with every muscle being pulled from my lower stomach, chest and back. Still have a slight fever, SEVER SWEATING, no bladder control upon cough, cold symptoms. RX: Antibiotics, Steroid, Cough Syrup w/ Codeine, Inhaler and Motrin. FINALLY slept for 3 FULL hours but woke to another soaked night shirt.

Comment from: Ms. L Allen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I am 47 and healthy. I had a cold over Christmas but felt it was pretty much over. One evening, I was out for a walk and had an odd headache (I never get these). I got up in the morning with severe chills, vomiting, heart pounding, shortness of breath, and a fever. I went to the ER thinking something was wrong with my heart. It turned out I had bilateral pneumonia. I stayed in the hospital one day only to be told my white blood cell count was through the roof and much higher than when I was first admitted, as was my heart rate. I stayed there three days, and I am now home with antibiotics, probiotics and painkillers. My left lung really hurts, as does my back.

Comment from: tsmith, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have multiple joint issues and migraines, but otherwise never really sick, so didn't think anything of being achy. I just finished Xmas, so thought I was just tired from playing chef/hostess. After two days, went to the gym to loosen up in the pool, but by the time I got home, one of my migraines kicked in, so I went to bed. By evening I was running high fevers, intense shivering, sweltering heat, then sweats. Some coughing, but nothing much. When reaching 104 I knew I needed to see a doctor. Was admitted with what they considered a low grade pneumonia, but they were worried about the fevers and crippling migraines that both refused treatment, and no sleep. So after 3 days, I'm home again, still no sleep, fevered and headaches, but reduced. They just didn't want to leave me there and risk MRSA or that SuperFlu that runs loose in hospitals. It'll take another week before conclusive cultures and all are ready.

Comment from: trooper, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 03

My 67 year old father on Thursday of this week was prescribed his fourth consecutive antibiotic for a chest infection and told again to go home for 5 days and contact his doctor and let him know if there was any improvement. As a very concerned daughter I couldn't accept this as he has severe symptoms of shortness of breath, coughing and chills and sweats. I contacted his GP and asked could he be sent in for a chest x-ray and was told has it was the holiday period he would have to wait until the New Year. I could not accept this and contacted a friend who works in a hospital to see if she could get my father in. My father was admitted by the hospital the same day with bilateral pneumonia in both lungs and his oxygen levels are dangerously low. We are currently been advised that he will be kept in a minimum seven days and is currently undergoing treatment. We have been advised also that he is a very lucky man to be here as he has probably had the pneumonia for several weeks. We are still unsure if there will be any other implications as previously said he is currently undergoing treatment. My word of warning is don't always rely on your local gp, if you have any concerns or any of the symptoms go to your local hospital and get checked out. Act on your own gut instincts as you know your own body best and also that of your immediate family.

Comment from: AngieS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had a cold that went into my chest. I had trouble taking a deep breath, especially without coughing, and it felt like something was pressing on my chest. Then I got horrible chest pains and couldn't breathe. I had a low fever (100 degrees), but I went to the doctor more for the chest pain than the cold symptoms. The doctor heard a wheeze in one of my lungs and ordered a chest X-ray that confirmed the pneumonia. I was down in bed for four days. I should have stayed down longer, but I needed to get back to work.

Comment from: Heart burn, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

I have severe heartburn and indigestion and my chest feels like it's going to explode. I have pain below my ribs, above my ribs, and below my belly. I wonder if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Jiggly boo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I believe I have a sinus infection, coughing, mucus, body aches, stuffed nose, and a hard time breathing. I am worried it is pneumonia.

Comment from: flaca49, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I feel like my chest is caving in. My shoulder blades hurt and it's hard to breathe.

Comment from: LESLIEP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I went to the Pulmonologist because I have COPD and emphysema. I was having a hard time breathing or catching my breath It started to get me to have panic attacks. I went to the doctor he did blood work and X-Rays of my lungs and I did 3 different breathing test well I leave with 3 new prescriptions and after I leave he calls my phone no says no wonder your in pain when you breath you have had phenomena for awhile. I said what ? I have not felt sick at all just breathing problems its been hurting for over a month I went by ambulance n they didn't catch it a month ago so it just got worse.

Comment from: Tom, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: August 08

I have diarrhea , nausea , wheezing and I also have asthma, lethargic, and I had a runny nose earlier. I have had pneumonia two other times.

Comment from: Connor's Grandma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I watch my grandson 4 days a week. Healthy 58 yr old. Got a headache on a Thursday afternoon that wouldn't go away. Went to bed early & rose around midnight with general achy muscles. Felt bad all day Friday, thought maybe flu. By 5:30 Saturday morn I was feeling worse. Went to Dr. at 8:15 am & was sent by ambulance to hospital for evaluation of possible heart attack or blood clot. Turns out it was "massive pneumonia" in both lungs, all lobes. Spent 10 days on oxygen, double antibiotics. It's been 3 months & I'm back on nebulizer & inhaler due to shortness of breath. Making appt to see Dr. again next week.

Comment from: Ash Lee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I had a typical cold that went into my chest – just had a wet cough and that was it. After 10 days of this I was working at home and got a fever that came on very suddenly, along with terrible aches and pains, bad chills, and nasty phlegm. My back was painful whenever I coughed or breathed in too deep (thought maybe I pulled a muscle in my back from coughing but was probably the "chest pain" you get with pneumonia). I went to the doctor, who confirmed it to be pneumonia. I was prescribed antibiotics and was much better by the next day. Thank goodness for antibiotics.

Comment from: heather, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

It started out as the achy flu. Then after 4 days I was still down in bed. During a bath I could breathe and make a croaking noise like a frog -- that got me a little interested. Finally, my husband sick of me being sick urged me to go to the doctor. I knew the doctor didn't think I had pneumonia. He took an X-ray anyhow, and sure enough I had it. They gave me the shot in the butt and steroids, and antibiotics. The next day...felt 90% better. The shot stung, and the spot is tender...but it was all well worth it.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

My pneumonia symptoms included body aches, upper back pain, sneezing, coughing, and being tired.

Comment from: altkd22, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I have a muscle pain all over my body. I can't even turn my head from left to right. I don't cough but I already feel chest pain and run out of breath and collapse. I already have a nerve pain also then I consult to doctor in the hospital and they examined me and they suspected that it was Pneumonia.

Comment from: hopetogetbettersoon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I was healthy Thursday, and had a fever of 102.4 on Friday, and by Saturday I was in ICU with a bp of 73/36 for the next 4 days. I'm 32 years old and healthy and active. I've never been sick before. When I went into the hospital it hurt so much to breath I just wanted to stop. They thought it was PE and took me to MRI and it turned out to be a serious case of Pneumonia. The doctors have no idea what brought this on or how it got to serious in a matter of 2 days. I wasn't coughing, no running nose, nothing. 7 days in the hospital and a central line to get all the medicine in me.

Comment from: Sheila, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 20

My pneumonia symptoms included tightness in my lung area at the back, chills and sweats, coughing, and soreness of limbs.

Published: June 15

My 8 year old son, with Down Syndrome, started coughing at dinner (about 6 pm). The cough continued for about 2 hours. We thought that it was just phlegm in his throat, and waited for him to vomit it up (very usual for him). He was shaking and signed that he was cold, I took his temp and he was fine. One hour later, he felt very hot, so I took his temp again and it was 104.6. Needless to say, we took him to Urgent Care, an exam, and x-ray later pneumonia. Treat temperature when it occurs and on Azithromax daily. Was told that we found it soon enough that we shouldn't have to hospitalize him.

Comment from: Sezzia333, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had all the symptoms of pneumonia. Fever, headaches, cough, sore throat and chest, chills and phlegm. I went to my doctor and he said that I just had a chest infection and he put me on antibiotics. I came back 5 days later and he had a medical student there who suggested I should have a blood test and an x-ray. The results from both the x ray and the blood test turned up that afternoon saying that I had pneumonia.

Comment from: bec, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

feel really lathargic sick like vomiting through out the day lose of appetite vomit in shower due to steam but its like white froth

Comment from: cami.96, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I recently had a cold or so I thought when I stopped having the cold symptoms the cough stayed and is still there then I started having this back pain in my middle- upper back in one certain point it would hurt when I was getting up but it would burn when I took a deep breath. Not all the way only when I was done inhaling and I was going to let out the breath.

Comment from: Andrew, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

Very good article I learned a lot. I am mid 30's fit and healthy but have been under immense stress from work. I had flu symptoms, which wouldn't go away, then shivering and sweating in bed, worse was coughing when I was lying on my back. Went to the doc's who diagnosed with pneumonia. Last thing I thought I would have. Over a month later still not 100%. Lost weight through lack of eating and could not do any exercise because if I started breathing heavy I could not stop coughing.

Comment from: Ole man, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 27

When I retired for the night I started having pain in my back and chest, thinking that I had strained muscles and all would be better but by morning the pains were almost naught but temp. was 102 so went to ER where I was told it was bacterial pneumonia.

Comment from: judi, 55-64 Female Published: April 19

I don't know what's wrong with me. I feel very fatigued. I have occasional chest pain, it hard for me to breathe. I was diagnosed with COPD a few years ago when I had insurance. It is difficult to just stand to make something to eat, I get so tired. My inhalers don't seem to do anything. Lots of aches and pains. Also maybe a bladder thing going on because I feel a lot of pressure when I go to the bathroom.

Comment from: Pat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I had cold like symptoms for three days. Coughing, sneezing, and sinus congestion. Although it seemed that the symptoms were considerably stronger than colds I've had in the past, I assumed it was just a cold. Yesterday I woke with a moderate fever which climbed throughout the day. From 11am through 6:30pm my fever stayed in the 103-103.6 range with one spike up to 104. Given my dislike of hospitals I waited longer that I should have to go to the ER. In the ER they did a preliminary exam, listened to my breathing (which seemed fine), took blood samples and chest x-rays. Twenty minutes later the doctor told me I had pneumonia and sent me home with prescriptions for antibiotics. I started the treatment last night and already feel better as the fever has broken.

Comment from: johnnyp, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

10 days ago, I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. The treated it with a 3-day antibiotic (zithromax). Today and for a couple of days, I have had a cough. It feels as if it is a deep cough, with slight pain. I wonder if this could be turning into a pneumonia.

Published: April 11

42 years old. Woke up a week ago with what I thought was a sinus infection/bronchitis. Went to doctor and got the "z-pack". Felt much better for seven days. Day 8 I woke up with a 105 temp, coughing, aching, sweats, clothes were soaked, chills, shaking, back pain. I didn't have nausea. Thank goodness. I went back to the doctor. Chest x-ray negative. Flu test negative. Started Tamaflu and another antibiotic because of the symptoms. Four days later the blood test and new x-ray showed pneumonia. I have laid in bed for 5 days now watch 80's movies. Knocked me on my butt.

Comment from: ln, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I was wheezing and coughing so I went to the doctor. The x-ray showed the beginning of pneumonia in both lungs. I never had a fever, but I was really tired and out of breath, although my oxygen level was at 97 which is my usual level.

Comment from: 48 Year Old Male, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 30

The night before, I felt like I had the beginning of a cold, took a shower, and went to bed. The next morning, I could not move, I was in pain and could barely call out for help. I was rushed to ICU where I was put on the ventilator and woke up 6 days later and was told I had bi-lateral pneumonia and had a 50-50 chance of survival. This was the 3rd time. The doctors say I may not live through the next one, and my wife was just diagnosed with the same type of pneumonia I had.

Comment from: denn0088, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I was a heavy drinker and drug user at the age of 17 and contracted first glandular fever then Pneumonia. I spent a couple of months with extreme fevers to the extent of hallucination, trying to tough it out like a typical teenager. One night I was coughing and instead of phlegm I started coughing up handfuls of blood. I was rushed to hospital, In a terrible state, I was unaware that I was nearly dead as my body temp was at 45.5 deg C. It took several months and no alcohol or drugs to recover! I learned my lesson the hard way but I am glad I learned.

Comment from: Stan Bennett, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

For the last 6 months or so I had this cough as I was trying to clear my throat. My doctor suggested that it was possible that I had reflux and prescribed Nexium. About a week ago I got these symptoms of chills and shaking and during the night hot sweats. This went on for 4 days before I addressed it. It is now under control.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

About 4 weeks ago I started with a cough that I cough not shake. It seemed to be getting deeper so I visiited a doctor who diagnosed Bronchitis. I was prescribed azithromycin, prednisone and a Ventolin inhaler. After the first two treatments with the inhaler I suffered severe coughing spasms which took my breath and gave me severe chest pains. I stopped the inhaler and during the next week continued coughing. Two nights later I experienced sore throat, warm, clammy skin and continuous coughing that kept me up 2 days and nights straight. I returned to the doctor who at that time did a chest xray and diagnosed pneumonia. I have been prescribed Levaquin, more prednisone and Cheratussin cough syrup, I still have occasional cough, thick mucous preventing me from sleeping in a laying position and shortness of breath with exertion. It has been close to a month and I really hope it ends soon.

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

Hello, I am 39 years old. I have had Pneumonia 3 times and this past one they were not expecting me to live. Oxygen levels were down to 76 and the doctor put me in ICU. It was the longest two weeks I went through. So when you are having problems with your chest breathing please see your doctor as soon as possible.

Comment from: Wahida, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 11

My mother in law has been admitted to ICU for pneumonia, the doctor said it's just 1% pneumonia, but they put her on the ventilator. She is a diabetic and she has hypertension. They are feeding her through a tube, they are giving her some kind of injection. The doctor said that she has a virus in her brain. She is responding to everyone.

Comment from: 7-12 Female Published: February 07

11 years old. I saw a doctor a week ago, they gave me an inhaler, and azithromycin to take for 4 days. I still have a fever and coughing all the time. I can't talk, look pail and my body is week.

Comment from: Jewel, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

Standing in the Cold -19 degrees for a minute I realized something is wrong with my Chest and Throat. A bit heavy feeling on the Chest, a lot of pressure. I immediately went inside the house and felt like clearing the throat. I had a lot of mucus all red and I was throwing up. I went to ER in the hospital and after blood tests ECG and X-rays I was diagnosed with this Pneumonia. The Medicine I am taking is Avelox from the last Two Days.

Comment from: dirthead, 45-54 Male Published: January 25

My husband has been ill for about a month. They said to start with it was Bronchitis and then pneumonia. He cannot ride in a vehicle without getting dizzy or sick to his stomach. We are going back to the doctor today to see what the next step is.

Comment from: Mom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

2 Years ago my 11 year old son was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia. The doctor gave him antibiotics and sent him home. A week later, I collapsed in a store and was taken to the hospital. I was diagnosed with both bacterial and viral pneumonia. The only symptoms were severe dehydration and weakness. I was placed on antibiotics and went downhill fast. I had severe vertigo, dehydration, low blood sugar problems, extreme burning in neck and legs, extreme weakness. I was in and out of the hospital several times. 7 months later I could finally return to work. My son recovered fully in a few weeks. Pneumonia is a scary thing! Prior to this was very healthy person.

Comment from: Aly1230, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

My mom had been coughing for a week when at 6am I found her shaking and moaning and in pain her temp was 104.00. I gave her 600.00 milligrams of Motrin and rushed her to the hospital by then the temp went down to 102.00F and after blood work and x-rays were done it proved to be pneumonia!

Comment from: GaPeach 56, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

Prior to me going on vacation to the Virgin Islands St. Thomas I developed a high fever and chills. I thought it was the change in weather or a sinus infection. However upon my arrival home 4 days later I went straight to the hospital where I was diagnosed with pneumonia and the flu. I am 54 years old and in good health. I was hospitalized for 3days. I am much better but I have never been so sick in my life.

Comment from: Donald, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 27

Prior to surgery my mom was speaking and breathing normally after surgery in post op she had pneumonia. I believe it was saliva getting into her left lung while lying on her left side. This was during a colon examined for cancer. In post op she was in pain and sounded like she had drowned. She was coughing up phlegm. She was admitted for pneumonia. While I was there no samples were taken of the phlegm as I would expect for treatment of pneumonia but if it was saliva no samples would be needed. Could the saliva have been prevented from getting into the lung or is this just a normal risk of surgery.

Comment from: lintice, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had pneumonia a few years ago. I am 32 years old, but over the past couple of days I've had a chesty cough and have been bringing up a lot of phlegm. I work nightshift at a hotel, and when I came home at 9am I went straight to my bed. I got up at 4.30pm and my chest has been really sore with a sharp pain when I breathe.

Comment from: Bonnie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I had a sinus infections then fever diarrhea, headaches, whole body hurt, and weak and have to hold my chest and waist when I couch it hurts so bad. I have been spitting up thick yellow mucus.

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