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I don't know of many who have had a bad case of pneumonia, I've known quite a few who have had a mild case and got over it. I've already seen a doctor I was diagnosed and was given two shots, one prescription antibiotic, one cough suppressant now for 3 days and it's still getting progressively worse.

Has anyone else had a case similar to this and was cured that has advice? I can barely inhale and during both that and my cough it smells like I'm inhaling and exhaling chemicals into and from my chest. If my condition get's much worse I plan to leave for the hospital.
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WebMD says to call your doctor if you don't start to feel better or if you start to feel worse after 3 days. Take that with a grain of salt, though, as it is WebMD. But still, it couldn't hurt.
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Don't go to a hospital unless you really think you're going to die. Hospitals are dirty, dangerous places full of terribly resistant infectious diseases and irresponsible, ignorant caregivers that don't follow proper hand washing procedures. As you are immunocompromised, you are likely to pick up something truly awful that will plague you for life. The antibiotics you are on should be curing your micoplasma infection, but you should be getting regular check-ups with your primary care physician to make sure you don't have a resistant strain. If you just need to breathe, get yourself some sudafed from behind the counter at the pharmacy. It won't clear the crap out of your lungs, but it will dilate your bronchii and arterioles a bit and improve your oxygen transfer. It will also keep you from sleeping, so don't expect to take it at night.

You will cough, sorry. Your lungs are full of pus and bacteria, so coughing isn't a bad thing, even when it hurts and keeps you from sleeping. However, if you live with anyone or allow anyone in your house while you are coughing you need to clean your home well. You should also wear a surgical mask when you leave the house, or whenever you are within 20 feet of another person. And wash your hands like you have OCD. Micoplasma pneumoniae is fairly transmissible, and you are responsible for not spreading your disease.

Sorry you are sick. Just remember that the two foundations of modern medicine are vaccinations and hand washing, so make sure you and everyone you love do both properly.
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my dads best friend died from pneumonia..
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Go to the hospital, before it gets too bad for them to help you.
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Did your doctor give you an inhaler? Mine did when I had pneumonia last year and that may help with the breathing. Also, make sure you are drinking enough. Try drinking every time you're up. If you're getting dehydrated it will only make things worse and might be causing some of the symptoms you're experiencing. I do remember my sense of taste and smell being off for even a week or so after I started feeling better. It could be due to the meds in addition to the congestion.

When I had pneumonia I felt worse for about a week after I started on antibiotics, but we also caught it very early on when I went in for a very high fever that persisted over 24hrs. I had to get a chest X-ray for the diagnosis ($$!). Make sure you keep taking all of your meds, track your temperature (which you should ALWAYS do anyway, since a very high fever can be dangerous), and call your doctor first thing in the morning( and try asking for an inhaler if they didn't give you one). If it's bad enough that you don't know about waiting until the morning, try getting a hold of the doctor on call, or a nurse hotline. Most hospitals and even insurance companies have one. If they think you should go to the hospital they will tell you. It's not uncommon for people to end up in the hospital over pneumonia, but antibiotics, fluids and lots of bed rest will usually do the trick. You can expect a slow recovery regardless.
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Chemicals...? That doesn't sound right. You're not being poisoned, are you? ._.' Then again, I've never had pneumonia...
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I had pneumonia once. Ran a 105 fever for awhile. Good times.
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I had pneumonia when I was young. So did my sister.
Well, I don't really remember what I had to do to recover from it, since I was like, two when I had pneumonia.. but you might want to visit the doctor so they could help you, and rest for a few days.
Posted 1/2/13

Zenairis_Serean wrote:

I don't know of many who have had a bad case of pneumonia, I've known quite a few who have had a mild case and got over it. I've already seen a doctor I was diagnosed and was given two shots, one prescription antibiotic, one cough suppressant now for 3 days and it's still getting progressively worse.

Has anyone else had a case similar to this and was cured that has advice? I can barely inhale and during both that and my cough it smells like I'm inhaling and exhaling chemicals into and from my chest. If my condition get's much worse I plan to leave for the hospital.


Do you often get your medical advice from anime websites?
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Seriously, I would NOT look to the Crunchyroll forums for medical advice. Since you've already seen a doctor, you should be calling that doctor's office to speak to someone, and if no one is there (e.g. middle of the night), they typically have some instructions on who to call next (e.g. how to reach the doc covering call that evening). Failing that, your community may have an urgent care facility who can see you as a walk-in during off hours, or if you must, get thee to the ER or call 911 (if in the U.S.) if you feel you need quick medical attention. Incidentally, going to a hospital doesn't automatically mean you'll be admitted as an inpatient-- they'll evaluate you in the ER or urgent care, and make the decision from there.

Pneumonia as a broad term is simply inflammation of the lungs, and can have infectious and other causes, and can range from relatively innocuous to deadly serious disease. Mhibicke is, to say the least, being pretty gutsy making a diagnosis and prescribing a plan of action over the Internet, based upon a single post-- be careful you're not practicing medicine without a license (illegal in every state of the U.S., and could subject you to civil damages as well if things go wrong). Some other general comments: yes, hospital-acquired infections are a serious problem, as is antibiotic-resistance, and these two do tend to go together. In general, one does not want to admit a patient to the hospital unless it's necessary, in part to avoid the risk of acquiring a "super bug." However, there are cases where admission is necessary, and to avoid the hospital in these cases can be very damaging or fatal as well. Vaccinations and hand-washing are not the foundations of modern medicine-- who even says that? Yes, they're very important, particularly for preventing infections and have saved many lives, and will save many more if they (particularly the latter) are more widely adopted. If only we could cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, major depression, broken bones etc. by vaccines and hand-washing.... My life would probably be a heck of a lot easier! It's also Mycoplasma, with a "y."
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sushipath wrote:

Pneumonia as a broad term is simply inflammation of the lungs, and can have infectious and other causes, and can range from relatively innocuous to deadly serious disease. Mhibicke is, to say the least, being pretty gutsy making a diagnosis and prescribing a plan of action over the Internet, based upon a single post-- be careful you're not practicing medicine without a license (illegal in every state of the U.S., and could subject you to civil damages as well if things go wrong)."


He's seen a doctor already and been prescribed antibiotics, which means he has been diagnosed with a Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection and is already being treated for it. Everything else I said was common sense for anyone who has ever taken any classes in physiology and infectious disease; I am not practicing medicine of any kind. Thanks for looking out for me though, and also for catching my spelling error.
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No problem. Even as a doctor (albeit a pathologist-- I generally do not see patients in a clinic), I would not ever attempt to give specific medical advice in a setting like this. There's no way to adequately evaluate a patient, and thus no way to give sound specific medical advice, no matter how well-meaning. It might not strictly legally be considered "practicing medicine," as no fees or compensation are involved, but people can be still be misled-- again, I've no doubt you are well-meaning, and certainly do not mean to mislead, but this situation is inherently fraught with incomplete information about Zenairis' condition which would handicap even the best doctor in the world. Discouraging someone from seeking medical attention can be quite dangerous, both for that person who might not be treated, and for the one giving the advice, who could conceivably be held liable. Also, while what Zenairis describes certainly does sound like he was diagnosed with Mycoplasma pneumonia, as he seems to be getting worse, it's quite possible the initial diagnosis is incorrect. By personal observation (for what that's worth), Mycoplasma pneumonia is not uncommonly diagnosed in a presumptive manner with antibiotic prescribed and the patient sent home before all specific testing is completed, with the patient to follow-up if things either get worse (as might be the case here), or the tests reveal something else going on (wherein the doctor would inform the patient in order to reassess the plan of treatment).
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I never had pneumonia.
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I had it when I was small and it almost killed me because my parents thought it was just a cold and didnt take me to the hospital until I started coughing up blood. I recomend not waiting much longer.
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