Pneumonia Support Group

Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. Pneumonia can result from a variety of causes, including infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Typical symptoms associated with pneumonia include cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing.

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Duration of Pneumonia

Hi there, I'm new here and still recovering from pneumonia. Just wondered how long it took or is taking others to recover from it. I feel like its taking so long. I've been sick about 10 days with this and I'm not ready to go back to work yet. I got my pneumonia from a super bacteria going around at work. I don't know if anyone else got pneumonia from it though. I did go to the emergency room because the chest pain was so bad but I didn't require hospitalization. They didn't say I had walking pneumonia but maybe thats what it is. Although I'm sure not doing much walking around. I get winded just from taking a shower. On the days I can I mean. I've discovered with pneumonia, hygiene is optional. My case probably isn't that bad. What have your experiences been like?
Thanks, and I hope you are all feeling much better these days!

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when i had it it took about a week to really see any improvement feel better :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm now into my seventh week and am just about getting there. These days I know my name and can walk more for more than a minute without holding on to something to keep me upright.
deleted_user
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i was admitted to the hospital last wednesday,after being sent there via 911 from my doc's office. have pneumonia in both lungs. came home monday. feel weak,exhausted. it just knocked me on my big butt!!!! my doc told me it will take at least 2 weeks to fully recover. i had to be on oxygen for the 1st several days,and,even with the oxygen,i'd get so winded just going to the john-so i can totally relate! trish
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My pneumonia is going on 6 weeks. Not bad enough to be hospitalized, but No wonder I battle depression sometimes. I'm 51 and usually very healthy; what's hard is having to rest so much and be not be able to take care of things as before; I can relate to getting winded taking shower. I had that too. Now I can do a little more, maybe up and around for 2-3 hours, then I have to lie down and rest. The laying around helps me recover, but the length of down time gets very hard for a busy person like me and many of my friends don't understand. They say, "Your still not well yet?" I tell them I am getting better, it's just slow. I'm glad I am getting better, I just wish I knew how much longer it's going to take. I kind of feel like the little kids that keep asking their dad on a road trip, "Are we there yet?, Are we there yet? 'Are we there yet? I here some take 1 year to feel themselves. Yikes!! That's a long time. I hope it doesn't take that long for me. I guess we'll see. My daughter (23 yrs and a young mother) had it last week and because she went to the Dr. right away at my insistance, she improved right away and is well now. I on the other hand, waited too long and perhaps that is why it is taking longer. The meds are working and I know I need to be patient, drink lots of water, and rest. How long is it taking others to get well?
deleted_user
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It took me about a month to fully recover and feel like myself again. It sounds like its a little different for everyone. I went back to work after 10 days but it was really a struggle at first. The resting can't be avoided with pneumonia I discovered. If I tried to push, I started to feel worse. So just hang in there and keep resting. You will feel better although it may seem like its taking too long.
deleted_user
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I had six weeks offwork after I was diagnosed, I returned to very limited work hours, 2-3 hours a day two days a week, previously I was full time and after 4 weeks of this I now have pneumonia again.
Just showering exhausts me!
deleted_user
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Mine just started out as what I thought was flu but when I started coughing up blood I had to phone for an ambulance. I was hospitalised for 2 weeks, put on a ventilator in an ICU for the first. I was told to stay in for 8 weeks and it would take about 6 months before I really felt 'normal' again. It has been 9 weeks since I got home and I generally feel ok, just get a bit of pain in my chest and winded if I walk more than 1 or 2 miles. I hope everyone here is feeling better now!
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I have had it for 6 weeks now. physically i feel ok but I find talking for more than 15 mins puts me out of breadth or talking when my back is leaning against something difficult. As I am a teacher and my job is mainly talking I dont know how long I will be off. If I was in an office I probably could have gone back 3 weeks ago, provided I did not have to over exert myself or talk for long periods of time.
jazzkeys
jazzkeys

I got myself to the Er 10 days ago when I had a high fever and couldn't breath. They told me I had pneumonia and sent me home with antibiotics and prednisone. I still have chest pain and walking 1 block exhausts me. I am afraid to drive as I drove myself to the hospital 10 days ago with 103 degree fever and almost had a couple of accidents. I haven't driven since. I have to though, as I need groceries and cannot walk very far. My doctor will be back on wed so we will see what's up with the x-ray.
jazzkeys
jazzkeys

I've been told it take 6 months to completely rid the pneumonia but after 6 weeks we should be able to function normally. I will have to go back to work before that so I hope this is correct.
deleted_user
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Ive never read so much about pneumonia, until it hit me 7 weeks ago.
It started out as a nasty cough that got progressively worse
in the second week. which is when i made my first trip to the er.
and they gave me a prescription for cough meds. OMG! In my 3rd week
ended up in er again predizone 30 mg and anti bio.
4th week 60 mg predizone and anti bio. CT scan .getting better but lung capacity is way down. no chest pain ever or fever. But now i havent rode my bike in 5 weeks. Just resting , going to work and taking it friggin easy. I did develope numbness in my left for arm and under both elbows, but its returning to normal slowly.
As for my coughing which slowed down after the third week
i was coughing every hour at night!! This sickness that i got
is the worst i've ever gone thru.I'm in my 7th week now and still have maybe 65 percent of my lung capacity, no biking yet.
But day by day im get better.
AND SO WILL YOU. THINK POSITIVE. AND IF YOU SMOKE
THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO STOP!!!
chicago58
chicago58

i am frustrated beyond words. the conversation just today with the doctor was how could i possible be getting pneumonia so often third hospitalization this year. when i am practically on doctors house arrest. groceries, church, house. no yard work, working out no nothing. he says the grocery store wear a mask, my response get a life. maybe he is right. it just doesn't make sense.he was explaining how if someone coughs some of the smaller droplets came remain airborne for 10-20 minutes. i keep thinking there is no freaking way i am resorting to the mask although i finally caved in and got a small shower chair for the days where i got to have the shower but i don't have the air or strength to back it up. things feel safer. 4 years ago i was 48 going on 30 for energy and abilities. this year i am 52 going on 100 been tough. what do your doctors say as to why your so prone to pneumonia? i never had i once i my life till the first PE now it is at least number 10.I am tired.
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Week 3 of Pneumonia & now Plurisy. 2nd round of antibio and steroids + low dose prescription pain meds & still so weak I can hardly walk across my living room, Plus, since week 2 I've had numbness in fingertips & toes! Can this b related to Pneumonia? It's first experience with pneu for me and I REALLY hope it's my last! I bet everyone else wants this to b their last time to deal with this also.
deleted_user
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I have been fighting this for 5 weeks now and am really frustrated. On my third round of antibiotics, one of them Levaquin which I thought would kill me. It just won't go away. This morning I found out that a medication I take for asthma causes pneumonia, now I am not saying that this is why I cannot get better, but I threw it away. There are other meds I take for the asthma, so I am praying that now I will finally heal. God bless all who are suffering.
Sara
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I am just getting over what was fortunately a rather mild bout of pneumonia that seemed to affect only my right lung. This hit me in late May just after getting over what felt like the flu.

I'm about 90-95% functional now and have returned to work for the past several weeks. However, I still have some congestion and tightness in my right lung and some achiness and draginess in general.

This worries me a bit because my doctor, who gave me a 10-day course of antibiotics, told me it should last 3-4 weeks. It's now gone for 6 plus weeks and counting, so I was starting to get a little worried until I found this discussion. Apparently longer times for complete healing are not untypical.

Apparently this is "bacterial pneumonia". As I said, it's seemed like a relatively mild case (what they call "walking pneumonia" I guess). It didn't keep me in bed and I was able to work from home during the worst couple of weeks when I had to stay home. The antibiotics cleared up the worst of it pretty quickly, but this last bit of congestion just seems to drag on and on. Hopefully another week or so will see it go away completely....