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Viral Pneumonia

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Comment from: tootired, Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I have a viral pneumonia but was treated with 2 antibiotics that didn't help. At first, I thought it was sinusitis but after I got sicker a chest x-ray showed infiltrate and atelectasis. Needless to say, after 3 weeks of being sick I worked sick and got worse; shortness of breath, loss of appetite and weakness. I had a CT with contrast and was found to have fluid around lungs and heart. The emergency room doctor explained I had inflammation around my lungs (pleurisy) which is pretty much why I hurt when breathing, so I am on NSAIDs and a steroid and was told to get rest and drink plenty of fluid. I also have to follow up with a cardiologist to check my heart out because of the fluid. Please, if you start to feel sick don't wait around and self-diagnose because it can get worse and get fatal.

Comment from: HM, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 27

In 2013 I had open heart surgery to replace aorta valve and ascending aorta. In 2014 I had infection in surgery area. After 7 weeks in hospital, I am now on 2 antibiotics for the rest of my life. In 2015 I was diagnosed viral pneumonia. Treatment now is 2 to 3 weeks bed rest, lots of fluid, and doubling up on vitamin C.

Comment from: Lovers, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I never had felt that ill before. I thought that I was dying, you know. I just had headache for almost 3 days. And my body was full of aches, I was swelling at night, and I started coughing. I just went to work like that and after work I had shortness of breath. I called an ambulance and they helped me to breathe with machines. When I reached the hospital shortness of breath stared again and I was helped at the hospital. It was really hectic and the doctor told me I have viral pneumonia. I am also positive for HIV so I have to take HIV/AIDS treatment also. So people, let us take good care of our health; pneumonia can be caused by many things.

Comment from: Doug, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I felt extremely tired, and finally went to the Veterans Affairs Emergency Services. The doctor did all sorts of tests including x-ray, blood work, etc. After about 10 days, I didn't feel any better, so I went back to the emergency room. They did more tests, including a CAT scan and EKG. My vital signs were good, so they sent me home again. I am still at home, and I still feel tired. I am drinking lots of liquids, and trying to keep from any activity, even washing my clothes. I made my bed, and it made me relapse. I feel this is going to take another week or two, before I feel better.

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