Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Symptoms

Please describe your pneumonia symptoms.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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