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    Jun 20, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    I was diagnose whit PNEUMONIA on June 10th...and feel like shit, i am sleepy all the time i just want to eat McD´s and sleep sleep sleep.
    My doctor prescribe 3 capsules and a medicine...i feel much better but i cant do any type of physical effort so thats causing me to feel depress....

    any suggestions any doctors...anyone had had this thing icon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gif

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    Jun 20, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    I have had pneumonia, can't breath, lungs full of goo, etc. Just remember that this is temporary and you will get back to your normal self soon. Until then, you may have to suck it up for awhile and let your body get over it.
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    Jun 20, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
    I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu
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    Jun 20, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    I had it 7-8 years ago, and you will recover, but it takes time. After the first couple of days I didn't feel so sick, just tired all the time. Was ot of work 6 weeks.

    Best of luck!
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    Jun 20, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    I've been there. It sucks, but you're going to have to be patient and let your body heal. It took me a couple months to get back to normal. Your brain is craving comfort food and your body is looking for calorie rich food. McD's is appealing on both levels, but try and resist the urge and eat something healthier instead. Eating right can help speed things up a bit. Also, even thought you feel like staying in bed all day, you need to get up and move a bit at least couple times a day. It's hard because you aren't getting the oxygen your body needs, but getting out of bed if you can is good for your mental well being. Even if it is just to eat chicken soup in front of the tv for a couple hours.
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    Jun 20, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    I had a small case over Christmas the one year. I missed out on all the family fun. My mom knew something was wrong when I didn't eat like I usually do at Christmas. Luckily I went to the doctor the next day and got on meds so it didnt become a full case.
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    Jun 20, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    Thanks to everyone....any special suggestion or thing that make u feel better like any traditional medicine...or alternative medicine....

    I´ll try to walk...twice a day...but i really don´t want to do anything.
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    Jun 20, 2009 7:34 AM GMT
    U need home made chicken soup and sit ur ass in da house at least 2 weeks broicon_eek.gif
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    Jun 20, 2009 7:36 AM GMT
    is it bacterial or viral? There are two kinds...I actually get a pneumo vaccine every 7 years...'s gonna take some time for you to heal...and once you have pneumonia your are much more susceptible of getting it again!

    - David
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    Jun 20, 2009 8:13 AM GMT
    Of course, any doctor will tell you to rest up, sleep and drink lots of water.

    Not sure if you have any high fever or chills, but if you happen to have those symptoms I can suggest you to try this. It's one of the traditional Chinese alternatives instead taking a pill to feel better. Long time ago, when I had a high fever, my father would apply icy hot on the upper and middle back area, and the back of my neck. He would then use the edge of the ceramic Chinese soup spoon to pressure strokes my back and neck. I know it might sound odd but it really works. This causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries and may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing, which usually takes 2-4 days to fade. It makes you look like you've been physically abused, but you're not. In the end, I feel immediate sense of relief and change. This Chinese technique is called "Gua Sha" 刮痧 ~ which means to "scrape away the fever." My fever was gone in less than two days. I apply this three times a day: morning, afternoon and before going to bed.

    If you happen to try this, have your parents or a trusted friend to help you with this. Find a smoothed edge object if you can't get a hold of a Chinese soup spoon.

    Forgot to add... Gua Sha technique is most commonly used to:

    * Reduce fever (the technique was used to treat cholera).
    * Treat fatigue caused by exposure to heat (often used to treat heat-stroke) or cold.
    * Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema.
    * Treat muscle and tendon injuries.
    * Push sluggish circulation, fibromyalgia.
    * Treat headache.
    * Treat sunstrokes / heat syncope and nausea.
    * Treat stiffness, pain, immobility.
    * Treat digestive disorders.
    * Treat urinary, gynecological disorders.
    * To assist with reactions to food poisoning.

    Feel better soon and all the best~ icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 20, 2009 8:21 AM GMT
    When I had pneumonia a couple of months ago in both lungs, my doctor put me on strong antibiotics before my lungs failed. It was pretty bad and I was out of commission for a good month.

    I was also on a ...the name escapes me but its a little machine that turned my liquid medicine into a vapor.

    I'm pretty sure chicken soup wouldn't have cut it for me.
    Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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    Jun 20, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    Its a viral pneumonia, and ill love to spend the rest of my life on my house....BUT I DONT HAVE A BOYFRIEND so this adds more drama to my no one cant take care of me icon_cool.gif LOL icon_cool.gif...

    Thanks for the Gua Sha technique .....something hilarious about this is that here in Ecuador one of the 100 slangwords for vagina is GUACHA but its pronounce like SHA hahahaha this was good!!! ILL FIND ANY METAL SMOOTH OBJETC to do this but i dont thing cold things neer to my lungs will help...

    thanks for every reply guys....i really appreciate your help and interest....i dont think ill survive missing gym and pool and staying at home alone sleeping all the day....THE WORST THING OF ALL. IS THAT NOW I WANT CHOCOLATES, STILL HUNGER FOR MCD´S, AND IM HAVING CRAVINGS FOR FOOD ILL PREFER TO DIE INSTEAD OF EATING THEM...

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    I had a pneumonia back when I was a kid. High fever and coughing were the major symptoms for me. I don't really remember much of it, but I was admitted to the hospital, and then sent home the same evening with some meds. Felt better in under a week for sure. Hang in there!

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    Drink tons of fluid... do a lot of deep breathing. Take a deep breath in - hold it for a few seconds, slowly exhale. It will probably make you cough - if your muscles are sore from coughing so much - brace yourself with a pillow. Get better soon!
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    Not a doctor but had it at 39. Went improperly diagnosed for over 2 weeks (love those US Army docs), with high fever and periods of delirium. They finally figured it out and gave me Erythromycin antibiotic, and I began to improve within 24 hours.

    It took me a full 6 months to return completely to normal, before I was able to do all the physical things I could ordinarily do. Never before or since have I had something affect me so profoundly, that I understood the phrase "weak as a kitten" for weeks afterwards, tired and without my usual strength. That's normal after pneumonia, it's a serious disease.

    I was later given the pneumonia vaccine when it came out, based on my history, and you might ask your doctor if you are now a candidate for it after you recover, to help avoid this in the future. Don't overdo it; you need to restore your strength first, or you may actually delay your full recovery, not speed it. Eat well, drink lots of fluid, and REST!
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
    Can't say much, had it when I was nine. Hospitalized for a week, all I remember is being weak and lethargic. Didn't have the energy to do anything but sleep. Had mom doting on me until I was better. Thank you mom!

    Rest, don't push it, hope you feel well soon.
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    I'm pretty sure eating McD's isn't going to help you much in this situation.
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    Jun 26, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    I got lucky... I thought I was coming down with it when I was really bad with MRSA.icon_eek.gif You'll be fine man. Just do what the doctors say.
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    Jun 26, 2009 4:01 AM GMT
    I would suggest you keep in close touch with your doctor to figure out how much you should allow yourself to give into the fatigue and rest completely and how much you should engage in light exercise like maybe a walk outdoors (hopefully in the sun). You might also want to raton the McD's food. I doubt it is aiding your recovery - either physically or psychologically. I hope you start feeling better very soon.
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    Jun 26, 2009 5:02 AM GMT
    I've had pneumonia 3x i my life, most recently last August 2008.
    The most common types are viral and bacterial. Viral is just that...caused by a virus. It is the less intense of the 2 types, but is longer lasting since it has to just run it's any virus. Bacterial is much more potent and more painful and dangerous, but can be treated by anti-biotics and can be knocked out in less than a week with the right meds.
    I was in the hospital and was treated with vancomycin an IV. It is one of the highest powered antibiotics available and it is almost as dangereous as the pneumonia. I was taking 3 tylenol every 3-4 hours to break my fever, which got upto an intolerable 106 degrees a couple times, breaking down to about 100 and a drenching sweat. Drink more fludis than you have ever drank in your life....really, because you will dehydrate regardless. Drink water, juice, broth, tea, anything watery.....simple bland foods,and get your protien in from whatever source you can tolerate. MCD foods are crap to begin with and are all fat and empty calories, don't eat this crap, eat real food with high quality nutrtion. I lost 45 lbs in 4 weeks of first the flu and then weight was just droping like a rock and I couldn't get enough calories in...very scary! Between fevers, after the tylenol broke the fevers and the sweats let up, go for short, easy walks outside. FORGET about lifting or hard can't get enough Oxygen in your system to supply yourself much above a short easy walk. The lungs need to "dry out" the infected spots with the improved and regular air flow, but it takes time. Even after the infection has been neutralized, it can take several months for the lungs to heal from such a viscious disease. Once you have had pneumonia you are more succeptable to future infections of it....keep taking your vitamins and minerals and protien. Biggest suggestions is WATER and REST.....SERIOUSLY!....your system is taking a VERY REAL BEATING, IN A LIFE TREATENING AND VISCIOUS ATTACK

    Pneumonia is the most deadly infectious disease in the USA, regularly killing between 40,000 and 70,000 peple each year Worldwide it is THE MOST DEALDLY disease to children under 5, killing more than 2,000,000 children per year and is constantly in the top 5 most deadly diseases worldwide for adults. Don't play with this illness it is unforgiving and painfully fast to go from "fine" to "dead"!icon_eek.gif