Pneumonia

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Please describe your pneumonia symptoms. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: dorothy a, 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 25

I was diagnosed with pneumonia 4 weeks ago. I woke up with severe headache, no temperature but shaking with chills, rapid shallow breathing, and pain in left side upper back/shoulder and pain in mid chest. I only had a slight dry cough. Fortunately I was diagnosed very quickly with bacterial pneumonia which responded to 10 days of antibiotics. I am still feeling fatigue, and still have pain in my upper back. Recent MRI scan shows no infection.

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

I had right middle lobe pneumonia, and it started with pain around my flank and shoulder blade ache. As the week went on, I had severe chest pains and trouble breathing, with high fever and loss of appetite. When the fever hit, I called an ambulance and was rushed to the Emergency Room. Doctors figured out it was pneumonia and ordered a round of antibiotics and bed rest. A week on, I am still having back pain, flank pain and chest pain which seems to be subsiding. Shortness of breath has also gone away, thankfully.

Comment from: Roxy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I have no fever from pneumonia, just pain in the upper back left side and burning sensation under the breastbone; also a tight feeling. I’ve been on Augmentin since Monday night at the hospital. I’ve had 4 pills so far but still no relief. They said to follow up with the primary physician in a week, but I am wondering if I should call now.

Comment from: Bama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I was dehydrated, confused a lot, and finding it hard to breathe. I had severe pneumonia. I took all the antibiotics and am still taking Mucinex. Had 3 tests for COVID and they were all negative. I feel bad and my back hurts. Wonder why I am not feeling better.

Comment from: Elissa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I have severe back and chest pain, mostly on my right side, and a bad cough that it hurts to breathe. I am really fatigued, and vomiting. My pneumonia symptoms started with just a cough 4 weeks ago and then I woke up one morning in agony in my chest and back. The pain made me nearly pass out. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with pneumonia, and no medication could help with the pain. They let me go with some antibiotics to take for 7 days.

Comment from: Ross, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have flu like symptoms, coughing, sneezing and a painful throat. The muscles under my ears are hurting, eyes are watery and burning, my nose is blocked and snotty, and it hurts under and behind my left ribcage.

Comment from: Bobbie , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

My pneumonia symptoms are back pain, cough, tiredness, weakness, and shortness of breath.

Comment from: Shelley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

My pneumonia symptoms are wheezing and pain all over my back, ribs and stomach. I am feeling nauseous.

Comment from: Jane d, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 05

My pneumonia symptoms are sticky phlegm, hurting throat, ribs and side. My kidneys hurt when lying down, and I get heavy breathing.

Comment from: Tracee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had pneumonia about 4 years ago and was hospitalized with viral pneumonia. Since the Canberra fires and the poor air quality I have been very tired, my lungs/upper back region hurt, and it is a little difficult to breathe. Wondering if I have pneumonia again brought on by poor air quality. Smog and smoke disappeared about six days ago.

Comment from: Angie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I was diagnosed with pneumonia in my right lung about 5 days ago. My doctor put me on 2 antibiotics, Singulair for breathing, and a cough suppressant. I feel like my breathing has improved but I still have the dry deep cough as well as pain in my on my right side and back. I also still feel fatigued and a little nauseous. The pain in my side has gotten worse in the last day or so.

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Comment from: Jill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

My pneumonia symptoms were wheezing, sore left t side, and a very bad cough.

Comment from: kels, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have a tickly dry cough that tickles up my back when I breathe. It is 100 times worse at night than it is in the morning. I am breathless, I have joint pains in my hips and knees, and I have pains in my chest and head. I am shattered but can’t sleep due to coughing and spluttering everywhere. I had pneumonia for about a month. It hurts when I swallow and my right gland is inflamed in my throat. I have been sick about 10 times in the last 3 days due to coughing so much. This has been going on for a month now.

Comment from: Sandford, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I’m not sure if I have pneumonia as yet. I did have bacterial pneumonia a month ago and also undergoing test but 2 days ago started feeling ill again, coughing, wheezing, struggling to breathe, and runny nose. My head hurts and have pain in the lower rib area. I am really struggling and my face seems to be burning up.

Comment from: Mo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I feel feverish, constantly yawning. My other pneumonia symptoms are light headaches, and also stuffy or runny nose.

Comment from: Theonie, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 30

I was diagnosed with pneumonia in 2008 and bronchitis. I wonder how I would know if I am getting worse; sometimes I am so weak. I have got a cold, and my back and ribs are so sore from coughing.

Comment from: Concern, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 24

My husband has dry hacking cough, he has seen a doctor and it is walking pneumonia. I have also a dry hacking cough now and wonder if I have caught my husband’s walking pneumonia.

Comment from: Bernie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I am feeling very wheezy and short of breath because of pneumonia. I have back and side pain and felt unwell all week.

Comment from: Sandy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 04

It doesn’t hurt when I cough, just started hurting in the lobe of the lung. I have pneumonia and am in really bad back pain.

Comment from: Shshinn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

My face and nasal area hurt, I have a horrible congestion, and my chest and back hurt. This is day 4 with pneumonia symptoms with no relief.

Comment from: Always sick, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had tightness in my throat and my chest felt heavy. I then got a sudden sore throat, muscle pain, fever and fatigue, it got to the point where I was sleeping in my recliner before I went in to see a doctor. By that point my other symptoms were gone and it only hurt to breathe, I had no chest sounds. The doctor thought I just had a slight infection but sent me for an x-ray to be safe, and sure enough I had pneumonia in both lungs. I’ve done 2 rounds of antibiotics and it keeps coming back, this is month 3.

Comment from: Alannah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had low fever, cough, no phlegm and cracking noises when breathing. I did not see a doctor for about a week and a half because I thought I could handle it. I was diagnosed with pneumonia and given antibiotics. However, I waited that long and antibiotics were not working fast enough. I ended up hospitalized for almost two months. I almost passed away. If you have crackling noises you have a brutal infection. See your doctor. Make sure you are given a treatment that is effective.

Comment from: regi, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 27

My pneumonia symptoms are coughing for almost three weeks, twice I coughed with blood, and I feel pain at my back. Sometimes I get sweaty.

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Comment from: CYNTHIA, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 11

My son in law has high temperature and congested lungs from pneumonia, but oxygen level is 98 percent, wonder if he needs to go to the emergency room.

Comment from: Igotigot, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

Slight fever, cough, and left lower back pain were my pneumonia symptoms.

Comment from: Mandy1978, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

My pneumonia symptoms started out as a cold which then turned into coughing up thick yellowish green phlegm. I started getting back pain between my shoulder blades. Then I had a fever of between 103 and 105 degree. It would break for a bit and then come back... I would be waking up in my own sweat. This went on for 4 days before I made my stubborn self get to the doctor. I had pneumonia in my right lower lung; had it for 3 months.

Comment from: Deborah brock , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I have got a terrible cough and cold, aching allover and wetting myself from pneumonia; and a really bad headache.

Comment from: Miserable, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

What I thought was a very bad cold became pneumonia, with coughing, fever, tiredness, lethargy, and I was unable to do anything but lie down. It disrupts your sleep as you are trying to breathe, so you don’t sleep, and there is shortness of breath. This has to be the most miserable illness ever. You can’t stop coughing, you are so tired, and there seems to be no relief. I am on antibiotics and a pill to lessen the severity of the cough. The cough pill does not work at all, maybe it’s a placebo, ugh.

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: Unathi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I have back pain, coughing, and my ears are blocked. Worried if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Nancy , 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 07

My pneumonia symptom is vomiting mucus. Now I have chest pain and upper back pain after the vomiting, and now I’m also itching.

Comment from: Wishywashy1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I've had a chest infection for over 4 weeks. I have been on antibiotics and steroids, finished last of the antibiotics yesterday. I am still bringing up phlegm, and ache in the rib area. I wonder if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Sandra84, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have a bad cough with mucus, wheezing, and my back hurts when I cough; my upper back. Worried about pneumonia.

Comment from: Melissa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I am cold in my back, and tired. Hurts my chest when I breathe in. Worried if this is pneumonia.

Comment from: Mini pearl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I am not sure what’s going on, but I have a real sharp pain in my lower ribs, and my lower back hurts really bad! I've also been coughing up bright green mucus. Worried it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Michelle , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I feel cold on the inside of my chest and also upper back on the inside. I've had antibiotics for a chest infection twice but got told it's clear now, but I'm worried that the doctor might have missed something and it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Lucy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I have a severe cold and sinus pain, while also experiencing moderate mid-back pain when coughing, rolling over in bed, and standing up from a bent over position. Wondering if this could be pneumonia.

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

I don’t know if I have pneumonia or not. I am however going to the emergency room tomorrow. I have had a cold for a few days and I woke up today and my sides and back are killing me with every breath, move or cough and sneezing. I haven’t had a bad cough or anything though. So I don’t know what to think. My chest isn’t bad. I am coughing up a little mucus sometimes but not much. I have kept a headache and sinus infection though.

Comment from: Raneta, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

Not sure if it is pneumonia, but I cough and my chest and back hurt when I cough.

Comment from: Debz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

My pneumonia symptoms are soreness and pains on the left side of my belly. I am really sore when I am coughing.

Comment from: jo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have had the flu for 2 weeks, went to doctor when I wasn’t getting better, and was diagnosed with bronchitis 3 days ago. I am on antibiotics but now have severe pain in my upper mid-back, I don’t know why. I am worried it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Elisha , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I am tired, have a slight stiff neck, weakness, shortness of breath, sharp lung pain for very short amount of time, and coughing up green phlegm in the morning. Worried I have pneumonia.

Comment from: Ikenna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I have been experiencing severe headache with pains inside my rib case with half breathing. Always feeling feverish. Worried if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Stha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I’ve been suffering from upper back pain for several weeks now and it’s like I have an icebox inside me. I get chills, and I’m constantly feeling cold, I don’t know whether it’s pneumonia.

Comment from: Liz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had pneumonia 3 years or so ago. I had tonsillitis and a chesty cough this week and been off work as a health care assistant. Currently I am due back tomorrow but last night my cough has worsened and I have pain in the right side of my chest and shoulder when I have coughing attacks. Wondering if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Carolyn , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have a chesty cough, and my ribs and back hurt on the right side. I thought it was strained due to my cough but it is no better after a few weeks. I am worried if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Leah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I have been unwell for a week now, probably with pneumonia. At first it was just sore throat, diarrhea and just felt weak. Then the cough came and the ache and pains in my back and my rib cage. The cough is dry but sometimes I get mucus that’s like a clear color.

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: Latha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I have been getting throat pain since the last 2 days, very slightly dry cough, and left side backpain (no fever). Wonder what the cause is, worried if it is pneumonia.

Comment from: Douglas , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I had pneumonia four times in the past eight months. I don’t know what is causing this.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I have pain in my left side when I cough. Worried about pneumonia.

Comment from: Sally, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I have a back pain and a pain under my right breast and some stomach pain. Wondering if these are pneumonia symptoms.

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