Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Symptoms

Please describe 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: 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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