Patient Comments: Pneumonia - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with pneumonia.

Comment from: walt4miami, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 25

My husband has COPD. He became very short of breath so we took him to ER. He was admitted and diagnosed with pneumonia. Released 3 days later with antibiotic and steroids. 2 weeks later we were back at ER for a second stint of pneumonia, treated for 10 days and once again released with antibiotic and steroids. 5 days later we took him to ER at different hospital (sister to original). His O2 was 68 when we pulled up while using portable oxygen. He has been there for 10 days as of today 6/23/13. X-ray taken yesterday shows NO improvement, they claim there is a "bug" within the pneumonia they are not able to identify. I am at a loss. None of the 7 antibiotics have touched the problem. I don't know where to go from here. He has 3 doctors: Infectious Disease, MD and Pulmonary.

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Comment from: Anne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

In the past three years I have spent 17 months cooped up in my apartment due to pneumonia. The first bout lasted seven months. When I finally changed doctors, the first thing the new doctor told me was that both of my lungs were collapsed from the infection. X-rays confirmed this. I was put on Dalacin C and Sulfatrim, plus 50 mg of prednisone for 60 days. It took seven months to get almost back on my feet. The second round of pneumonia was 12 months later. The X-rays supposedly revealed no pneumonia. The doctor said both lungs were filled top to bottom. I can hear all the crackling. Stupid, stupid, stupid, X-ray people. I'm back on the same antibiotics and prednisone routine. The third round of pneumonia occurred nine months later. It took about 4 ½ months to recover somewhat. I had the same drug regime. The X-ray said no pneumonia. This time, the prednisone gave me every side effect in the book, including possible cataracts. My oxygen levels always go down, but I am able to bring them back up over the months. The body cramps from the prednisone are death defying. Yet anything less than 50 mg prednisone will not work. When I could not walk more than three steps and could not speak more than three words, my doctor still did nothing. My doctor does not believe in doing any blood work after I am better. She only believes in CBCs. How lucky can I get – not.

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Published: June 24

I am 17 years old and today was diagnosed with pneumonia. It started off as strep throat, however the strep became resistant to the antibiotics I was taking and I started to get very ill. I have had a very persistent fever in the 102-104 range. Luckily my dad is a physician and immediately recognized the symptoms and took me to the hospital. I am now being treated and hope to have a smooth recovery.

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Published: June 24

I'm a 27 year old healthy female and was diagnosed with Pneumonia last year. I didn't have chest pains nor the cough. I had a rising temperature for three days before I decided to seek medical advice. My doctor thought I may have urinary infection and prescribed me with anti-biotics. Even then I still stayed home for another day with vomiting and rising temperature before I decided to go to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital by then I could not hold my head up anymore. They immediately took me in and started investigating. This took them another day to find out what was actually wrong with me because I didn't have general symptoms of Pneumonia. After a day and a plain chest x-ray they were able to diagnose me with Pneumonia. I was admitted to hospital for two weeks and made a full recovery.

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Published: June 20

Acquired pneumonia while being diagnosed for a Fever & Head Pain condition that was likely viral. Just one day after the administration of a "precautionary" antibiotic a slight milky phlegm began running from the sinuses. It found its way to the lungs after the first night and bang - Pneumonia, on top of the other viral problems already present.

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Published: June 20

When I was 4 I developed Pneumonia for the first time. I did not respond to antibiotics and was hospitalized. It became so severe that they thought I would die. Then, some antibiotics began to work. I got better and my lungs made a full recovery with no damage. I am now 22 years old and have Pneumonia 19 times. I was hospitalized for at least 10 of them. Each time was so severe that they worried there would be scarring on my lungs, but there never was. When the doctors listened to my chest, it always sounded clear, even though I was obviously ill. When they did a chest x-ray, my lungs were always packed full, therefore causing no crackling sounds. It always came on very suddenly. They never figured out what caused all these Pneumonias, but I haven't had it in 5 years. It just went away.

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