Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Symptoms

What were your pneumonia symptoms?

A Doctor's View on Pneumonia Symptoms

Read the Comment by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes a variety of symptoms. You may have common symptoms like a sore throat, sneezing, fatigue, fever, chills, shaking, headache, and muscle aches. In children, infants, the elderly, or if you are immune compromised, it's best to see your doctor if you think you have pneumonia. You may also have walking pneumonia, which just means it's a milder case of infection. Generally you feel well enough to go to work and do your normal daily activities. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: lauralee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

My pneumonia symptoms are severe sweating, fevers that never broke even with medicine, high heart rate, difficulty sleeping, coughing fits, coughing up gunk, intense pain when breathing, and severe exhaustion.

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Comment from: ThatGirl12, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 03

There is a boy in my class in school who has pneumonia. About a week ago, he said he gave the pneumonia to his dad and his dad gave it back to him. He sneezes, coughs and he vomited outside in the school yard, and he hasn't gone to the doctors yet.

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Comment from: Sleekcruiser, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I already had pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) due a weakened immune system. After taking Truvada and raltegravir, my virus was undetectable but my special immunologist gave me Bactrim and azithromycin plus atovaquone. After chemotherapy treatment my immune system was so bad, I ended up with a terrible cough and mucus in the lungs. Thanks to my doctor who prescribed the antibiotics atovaquone as a just in case measure, it worked and saved a trip to the hospital. I treated myself at home in a more tranquil place. Hospitals are not fun. Thank you and all the great doctors who care.

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Comment from: Matt, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: March 05

I woke up last weekend with a sore throat that came out of nowhere. It quickly went into a fever the next day and lasted for about two days. Then came a cold with a very stuffy nose and lastly a cough. The cough, however, was very rough and kept me up all night last night. I also was noticing that I am getting real out of breath. Just walking from my car to the doctors had me breathing loud, and I would never get out of breath from something as small as that. The doctor listened to my breathing and told me that I have pneumonia in my right lung. He gave me medicine, and so let's hope it clears up!

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Comment from: Germaphobe, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I am 36, in good health, and rarely get sick. A week ago, I had a 102-degree fever and tried alternating between ibuprofen and acetaminophen to control the fever. After day six, my boyfriend insisted I go to the ER. It was there they confirmed with a chest X-ray that I had pneumonia in my lower left lobe. It just goes to show you that anyone at any age can get pneumonia. Oh, and if your doctor prescribes you azithromycin, prepare to be close to a toilet. "Mild diarrhea" as a side effect should be relabeled as "borderline feeling like you just got a colonic."

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