Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Symptoms

Please describe your pneumonia symptoms.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Comment from: Ash Lee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I had a typical cold that went into my chest – just had a wet cough and that was it. After 10 days of this I was working at home and got a fever that came on very suddenly, along with terrible aches and pains, bad chills, and nasty phlegm. My back was painful whenever I coughed or breathed in too deep (thought maybe I pulled a muscle in my back from coughing but was probably the "chest pain" you get with pneumonia). I went to the doctor, who confirmed it to be pneumonia. I was prescribed antibiotics and was much better by the next day. Thank goodness for antibiotics.

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Comment from: heather, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

It started out as the achy flu. Then after 4 days I was still down in bed. During a bath I could breathe and make a croaking noise like a frog -- that got me a little interested. Finally, my husband sick of me being sick urged me to go to the doctor. I knew the doctor didn't think I had pneumonia. He took an X-ray anyhow, and sure enough I had it. They gave me the shot in the butt and steroids, and antibiotics. The next day...felt 90% better. The shot stung, and the spot is tender...but it was all well worth it.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

My pneumonia symptoms included body aches, upper back pain, sneezing, coughing, and being tired.

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Comment from: altkd22, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I have a muscle pain all over my body. I can't even turn my head from left to right. I don't cough but I already feel chest pain and run out of breath and collapse. I already have a nerve pain also then I consult to doctor in the hospital and they examined me and they suspected that it was Pneumonia.

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