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Comment from: busylady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I became ill in June with a fever of 101 with shaking chills and generalized body aches. The fever persisted for 4 days. I had no respiratory symptoms, no cough, no shortness of breath and was not coughing up any mucus. I felt progressively worse as the week went by. I saw my physician who listened to my lungs and they were clear. She thought it was a virus but, just in case, sent me for a chest X-ray and put me on an antibiotic. The X-ray revealed pneumonia which had affected 2 lobes of my lung. We were all pretty shocked that I had this since it was summer and I didn't have any respiratory symptoms. I am young and healthy.

Comment from: bigbadjim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

My symptoms of pneumonia started out like an allergic reaction when I went back to work after a July 4th holiday weekend. I thought my wife switched brands of laundry soap but she didn't. I had red itchy welts all over my body. After a week it went away but I still felt weak and tired. As time progressed I was coughing up yellow/brown mucus that was thick and I coughed a lot. I had night sweats where I would soak a pillow. I kept going to bed earlier and earlier as time went on. I got to the point where I had no energy and had a hard time breathing. I finally went to the emergency room the week after Labor Day and guess what? I was in the hospital for two weeks. I had to take antibiotics every six hours for six weeks then oral antibiotics for two weeks. I had a chest tube in me for 4 months and just had it removed January 12 2010. I go back to work this next week after over 7 mounts out of work!

Comment from: Alli, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I recently had pneumonia. I had a high fever, accompanied by coughing and shortness of breath. I was treated in the ER and then I was admitted to the hospital for four days. The doctors advised me that this can take a month to clear up.

Comment from: schristy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 15

I began to feel tired Friday evening. By Saturday had shaking chills, and even with eight blankets and space heater, nothing helped. I had a fever over 103. I went to the doctor on day 6 and I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia in left lung. This was a TOTAL surprise since I've never been sick in my life!

Comment from: Draglyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I went to work Monday. As the day progressed I felt more tired and started sneezing fits. Monday night I had trouble sleeping. By Tuesday morning I woke up long enough to call for an appointment and found out I had walking pneumonia and a sinus infection. I got double antibiotics, an inhaler and some decongestants. All though I am better, I am still weak and coughing stuff up. Hot tea with honey has helped.

Comment from: Ladybugg96, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had a cough for about two weeks. I thought it was just cold and sinus related. I get it every year. Then the chest pain on the left side started, along with shortness of breath and a cough that produced sputum with brown and red spots in it. I have chills and a headache along with body aches and that “floating head” feel you get when you feel fuzzy. The doctor said it's walking pneumonia and I was given an inhaler to help with the shortness of breath and an antibiotic for the infection. I have a follow-up appointment in a week unless I begin to feel worse. My doctor said my cough can last up to six more weeks.

Comment from: moosemountain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I am a 52 year-old female and very healthy, and I take no medications. It started with severe aches, especially neck and back, and dry tickle chest cough which kept me from sleeping. I also had a stomach ache one night. I had a fever for several days, and wheezing in chest upon exhale. Finally went to emergency room after waking up with very severe pain in left chest under breast when I coughed. Thought I had cracked a rib when I had 10 minute sneezing fit day before. Bacterial pneumonia was diagnosis.

Comment from: rjnsound, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I had a cold and some chest pain, which subsided, but the cough and congestion remained... I couldn't seem to cough anything out of my chest. The center of my chest was heavy and ached with a sharp-ish pain in the lower right side when breathing deeply. After 2 weeks of this, I went to my doctor who said I have bronchitis and bacterial pneumonia and sent me for an X-ray. The prescription said "diminished sound in right lower lung accompanied by pain". They said the X-ray didn't show enough and sent me for a CT scan. It was just done today, but I am hoping the Augmentin helps so I don't end up in the hospital.

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