Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Symptoms

Please describe your pneumonia symptoms.

Comment from: Pat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I had cold like symptoms for three days. Coughing, sneezing, and sinus congestion. Although it seemed that the symptoms were considerably stronger than colds I've had in the past, I assumed it was just a cold. Yesterday I woke with a moderate fever which climbed throughout the day. From 11am through 6:30pm my fever stayed in the 103-103.6 range with one spike up to 104. Given my dislike of hospitals I waited longer that I should have to go to the ER. In the ER they did a preliminary exam, listened to my breathing (which seemed fine), took blood samples and chest x-rays. Twenty minutes later the doctor told me I had pneumonia and sent me home with prescriptions for antibiotics. I started the treatment last night and already feel better as the fever has broken.

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Comment from: johnnyp, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

10 days ago, I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. The treated it with a 3-day antibiotic (zithromax). Today and for a couple of days, I have had a cough. It feels as if it is a deep cough, with slight pain. I wonder if this could be turning into a pneumonia.

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Published: April 11

42 years old. Woke up a week ago with what I thought was a sinus infection/bronchitis. Went to doctor and got the "z-pack". Felt much better for seven days. Day 8 I woke up with a 105 temp, coughing, aching, sweats, clothes were soaked, chills, shaking, back pain. I didn't have nausea. Thank goodness. I went back to the doctor. Chest x-ray negative. Flu test negative. Started Tamaflu and another antibiotic because of the symptoms. Four days later the blood test and new x-ray showed pneumonia. I have laid in bed for 5 days now watch 80's movies. Knocked me on my butt.

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Comment from: ln, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I was wheezing and coughing so I went to the doctor. The x-ray showed the beginning of pneumonia in both lungs. I never had a fever, but I was really tired and out of breath, although my oxygen level was at 97 which is my usual level.

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Comment from: 48 Year Old Male, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 30

The night before, I felt like I had the beginning of a cold, took a shower, and went to bed. The next morning, I could not move, I was in pain and could barely call out for help. I was rushed to ICU where I was put on the ventilator and woke up 6 days later and was told I had bi-lateral pneumonia and had a 50-50 chance of survival. This was the 3rd time. The doctors say I may not live through the next one, and my wife was just diagnosed with the same type of pneumonia I had.

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Comment from: denn0088, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I was a heavy drinker and drug user at the age of 17 and contracted first glandular fever then Pneumonia. I spent a couple of months with extreme fevers to the extent of hallucination, trying to tough it out like a typical teenager. One night I was coughing and instead of phlegm I started coughing up handfuls of blood. I was rushed to hospital, In a terrible state, I was unaware that I was nearly dead as my body temp was at 45.5 deg C. It took several months and no alcohol or drugs to recover! I learned my lesson the hard way but I am glad I learned.

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Comment from: Stan Bennett, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

For the last 6 months or so I had this cough as I was trying to clear my throat. My doctor suggested that it was possible that I had reflux and prescribed Nexium. About a week ago I got these symptoms of chills and shaking and during the night hot sweats. This went on for 4 days before I addressed it. It is now under control.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

About 4 weeks ago I started with a cough that I cough not shake. It seemed to be getting deeper so I visiited a doctor who diagnosed Bronchitis. I was prescribed azithromycin, prednisone and a Ventolin inhaler. After the first two treatments with the inhaler I suffered severe coughing spasms which took my breath and gave me severe chest pains. I stopped the inhaler and during the next week continued coughing. Two nights later I experienced sore throat, warm, clammy skin and continuous coughing that kept me up 2 days and nights straight. I returned to the doctor who at that time did a chest xray and diagnosed pneumonia. I have been prescribed Levaquin, more prednisone and Cheratussin cough syrup, I still have occasional cough, thick mucous preventing me from sleeping in a laying position and shortness of breath with exertion. It has been close to a month and I really hope it ends soon.

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