Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with pneumonia.

Published: May 21

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.

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Comment from: shesanurse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

A little over a month ago I had a bad cold with severe cough which lingered. I still have the occasional cough and continue to feel quite fatigued every day. I also have pain in my chest which feels like it is going into my back. I wonder if this could this be an atypical pneumonia. I have no fever, cough is dry and nonproductive.

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Comment from: pfehrman, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I seem to get pneumonia frequently, but I also have sarcoidosis, which seems to predispose me to pneumonia. I've lost count because I've had it so often. It also appears to be more prominent in the spring. I'm currently experiencing pneumonia symptoms and they are moderately severe right now. I'm having lots of trouble breathing, the phlegm is excessive and very thick, and chokes me. I've had a very sore throat throughout this process and when I cough, I can barely catch my breath. My pleura seems to be affected now because not only does it hurt to breathe, it hurts around my ribs as well. I've had many sarcoid friends from my support group die of pneumonia, and we're all very familiar with this process. Just keeping out of the hospital and staying alive can be a challenge sometimes.

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Comment from: JOHN, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I started with headache, conjunctivitis and little fever. Then, the chills became more severe and the fever rise to 102.5F. The second day I got vomit and tiredness. I had the fever and chills for 4 days even though I was taking Ibuprofen and Amoxicillin. After all those symptoms I went to the Doctor and he sent me a X-Ray to confirm what he thought. I was pneumonia in my lower right lobe. The doctor gave 3 shot of penicillin and also prescribe Bioxin twice per day. He also talked me to use the nebulizer 3 times per day and take some cough medicine (Robitussin DCA or Mucinex as needed for cough). Now I am getting better and I was lucky to find it early.

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Comment from: duke.para7, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I was diagnosed with Laryngitis, and was told that there was a slight problem. With my Sinuses. After the consultation I was given a prescription to take, which I did that altered what I was experiencing. My throat started to clear, the coughing capacity decreased but its intensity increased. This means that there was a decrease in the quantity of white sputum, but a change to smaller amounts of yellow chunky sputum. There was also an increase in stinging chest pains which moved around, not being in the same place, but sometimes in the left chest, then the right, and from time to time simultaneously on either side of my sternum. When the pains hit centre chest, I was under the impression it had something to do with my heart and got concerned. This sparked my return to consultation. I was told that it was sinus and was treatable. I was so concerned that I insisted on an ECG or X-ray as confirmation. The doctor ordered the X-ray to be taken. After viewing the X-ray I was diagnosed with Pneumonia. I have now been put on the antibiotics.

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Comment from: Henry, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

At first, I thought I had ordinary malaria because we have it where I live in Kenya. I took medication for fever, cough, back ache, and chest pain. My symptoms continued and the doctor determined I had pneumonia. I'm now taking the right medication and am feeling much better.

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