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    Hi,

    Has anyone had pneumonia as an adult? Just wondering what your recovery was like and the timeframe. Mine was undiagnosed for weeks, so it's possible it was "growing" for a month before I went to the ED as I couldn't breathe. Was only then I got diagnosed and started treatment.

    I was told it would take a while, but it's so slow going and I still can't do anything without being exhausted and needing a rest! I'm over being so sick, so give me some hope please!

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    Hi. I had pneumonia shortly after giving birth to my 1st child. I went into labour with bronchitis and a long labour, Caesarian birth and subsequent UTI resulted in one and a half of my lungs collapsing when she was a week old.

    I was in hospital for a week. I reckon it took 8 weeks total before I felt I'd recovered. But I was also recovering from a Caesarian and breastfeeding which no doubt delayed my recovery. I was a runner in those days and distinctly recall going for a 10km jog when she was around 3 months old and feeling very tired but recovered well.

    Pneumonia is awful. I hope you feel better soon x

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    8 weeks? Oh god. Not sure I can handle feeling this bad for another 8 weeks!!! At least I don't have recovery and a baby thrown in though - that must have been awful for you if you felt anything like I do.

    Did you get better a little bit each day? Or one day did you just feel better and improve steadily from there?

    At least my lung didn't collapse, but I reckon it wasn't far off. The X-ray showed its nearly fully blocked. No wonder I felt like I had an elephant on my chest.

    It's just so debilitating. I've been on a double dose on antibiotics since last Wed, but am still coughing up phlegm like there's no tomorrow. And I'm so tired. I need a nap after a shower! It's ridiculous and I feel bad as my youngest in particular is missing out on all her activities we usually do and is probably bored out of her little mind. At least the oldest has school.

    At what stage did you have a follow up X-ray? I want to get one to make sure it's going away and there's no permanent damage.

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    Yep 8 weeks. I did feel a lot better around 6 weeks (enough that I walked to my Ob 8 week check up) but I was told to expect 8 weeks. It wasn't hugely gradual but every few days I'd feel a bit better. But I was exhausted as I was up all night feeding too. Yes it was a dreadful start to becoming a mum!

    I honesty don't remember when I had my follow up X-rays. Because both lungs had collapsed I had to see my specialist 3 times for X-rays after I was released from hospital as they took a while to become clear. I remember it did take a while.

    Make sure you get a follow up plan. I have to use inhalers throughout the year as now when I get a cold it usually becomes bronchitis. I don't get sick very often but when I do it's bad. And takes ages to get better. I didn't get a flu shot this year and am kicking myself.

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    I was put on 4 courses of antibiotics for a chest infection that did nothing. I even saw one dr at the practice i go to who said i was getting better. When i could finally get into my normal dr a week later, she listened to my chest for 10 seconds and sent me for an xray. I ended up with pneumonia and pluersy (extremely painful). Admitted to hospital for IV meds and hydration. I'd say it was a good 2 months after that til i felt back to my old self. Pneumonia sucks 😷
    This was back in 2009 and i get bronchitis /chest infections every year. Currently 37 weeks pregnant and have been sick since end of july. Only just almost back to normal now which is lucky cos I'm having bub in a week 😮

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    I was diagnosed with pneumonia about 4 weeks into having what I thought was a terrible cold with asthma thrown in. Once I got on antibiotics, I started to feel better in a week but didn't feel back to my normal self for another couple of weeks.

    I had my follow up x-Ray about 2 weeks after diagnosis.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    I have pneumonia right now. I forgot to get vaccinated this year. This is my second time last time I got it when i was 18 and I needed physiotherapy to help recover as my phlegm was stuck on lungs

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    Wobbleyhorse - I'm going with your story as my fav! It sounds like we were similar in terms of late diagnosis and no other complications, so hopefully I'll follow your lead and feel a lot better in a few days. We have school hols here in 2 weeks, so I don't want to be feeling this bad then!

    Sonja, yes, will be asking for a follow up plan. My son had it 3 years ago just before he was 3, so I know I need to be checked for damage and have the flu shot based on what the Paed said about him. We had follow ups every few months for 12 months. I'm expecting it will have weakened my lungs :-(

    Meandmyboys82, glad you're feeling better! Good luck with bubs!

    Monnie24, hope you feel better soon. By vaccinated, do you mean the flu shot? I don't think I will have an phlegm stuck on my lungs, it's all been coming up. Frequently (yuck!)

    I feel a little better now than I did this morning. This morning I coughed so much I vomited my breakfast up :-(. I think the worst thing is I wake up every 3 hours at night, pretty much on the dot, with a very dry mouth and have massive coughing fits. I think I'd be sleeping better otherwise. But at least I am sleeping. I had about 2 weeks averaging 3-4 hours a night. Not good for getting better.

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    Default Pneumonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Clooney View Post
    Wobbleyhorse - I'm going with your story as my fav! It sounds like we were similar in terms of late diagnosis and no other complications, so hopefully I'll follow your lead and feel a lot better in a few days. We have school hols here in 2 weeks, so I don't want to be feeling this bad then!

    Sonja, yes, will be asking for a follow up plan. My son had it 3 years ago just before he was 3, so I know I need to be checked for damage and have the flu shot based on what the Paed said about him. We had follow ups every few months for 12 months. I'm expecting it will have weakened my lungs :-(

    Meandmyboys82, glad you're feeling better! Good luck with bubs!

    Monnie24, hope you feel better soon. By vaccinated, do you mean the flu shot? I don't think I will have an phlegm stuck on my lungs, it's all been coming up. Frequently (yuck!)

    I feel a little better now than I did this morning. This morning I coughed so much I vomited my breakfast up :-(. I think the worst thing is I wake up every 3 hours at night, pretty much on the dot, with a very dry mouth and have massive coughing fits. I think I'd be sleeping better otherwise. But at least I am sleeping. I had about 2 weeks averaging 3-4 hours a night. Not good for getting better.
    No there is a pneumonia vaccine too

    http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/in...e-pneumococcal
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    I'm recovering from pneumonia at the moment. It went undiagnosed for about 6 weeks. I've never been this sick in my life before and its taking a long time to recover. I had 4 courses of antibiotics, coughing fits so bad that (sorry tmi) - I'd wet myself as well as throw up, and I've cracked ribs. Its been 3 months now and I'm finally feeling almost better. I still get tired super quickly and I'm still breathless, but I've finally stopped having coughing fits (just occasional dry cough now) and I've stopped coughing up phlegm.

    At its worst I couldn't even get the kids to school, I was just so seriously ill.

    Good luck, I'm sending you get well wishes.


 

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