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Walking (Mycoplasma) Pneumonia

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by shelleyd2008, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have had this twice within a period of 6 months. The last time I had it was in March or April of this year, with the first time being September or October of last year. I've had a scratchy throat & ears, sneezing, coughing, etc., for the past few days and one day it was accompanied by a low grade (99.7) fever. If it had been the symptoms without the fever, I'd have thought it was just allergies. But allergies don't (to my knowledge) cause fevers, so I made an appointment with the doctor.

    So the doctor tells me that I probably have bronchitis. However, this is a new doctor, the first time I've seen her since switching to the office she works in. So now I'm thinking "Bronchitis? Yeah right. I've heard that twice before and it turned out to be pneumonia". I will be very surprised if I don't, once again, have walking pneumonia...making it the 3rd time in less than one year.

    What gives? I'm not that old (35 years). I know that's got nothing to do with it, but seriously! This has got to stop! 4-6 week recovery period every time, so if I have it yet again that will be 1/4 to over 1/3 of the past year spent recovering from an infection!! Anything I can do to keep from getting this? The doctor said since I've had it before it has weakened my lungs, making it easier for me to get it (or worse) again. [​IMG]
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Can you get that Pneumonia shot?? (or is that vaccine a figment of my imagination?.. [​IMG]..)
    Did you tell them you have birds?? Isnt there some lung disease you can get from your birds and coops??
    Hope everything will be okay... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did they do a chest xray to confirm pneumonia and a blood test for what type of organism it is, just to be sure they know exactly what they're dealing with to treat it properly?

    Walking pneumonia is a very mild form of pneumonia and usually doesn't require much if any treatment, but if keeps happening I'd think they'd want to find out why...like if there's some source of constant contact from work or kids, immune issues, or something environmental going on. I think allergies and asthma and/or their drugs for treatment can also make the lungs more prone to bronchitis and such.

    I hope you get to the root cause.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yeah, she told me that allergies can trigger it and that since I've had it before I can get it easier. She said it was bronchitis but I'll be surprised if it is. It will be a first in a long time...first time that they've said it was bronchitis when it actually was. They've not done any blood tests or chest x-rays to determine what exactly it was before, but since they treated me for bronchitis and it still took 4-6 weeks to clear they 'assumed' that it was pneumonia.

    @redhen: She said something about the pneumonia vaccine but said it only protects you from the 'bad' pneumonia that kills people. But then right after that she said something about the flu vaccine and I reminded her that I was allergic to eggs. So since the flu vaccine is 'grown' in an egg-base, I can't get those. She didn't say anything else about the pneumonia vaccine so I'm going to assume it's made the same way and I can't get it either.
    As for the birds, I technically don't have 'coops', the ones that are penned up have open-bottomed pens so no cleaning involved. So I really don't think that's the problem. [​IMG]

    If I do have walking pneumonia again I think I'm going to see if they can send me to a specialist to see what's going on. I'm getting sick and tired of seemingly always being sick and tired [​IMG]
     
  5. HeatherLynn

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    Try boosting you immune system. You probably got it the second time because you were worn down. I don't have asthma nor severe allergies but due to being run down I ended up with asthmatic brochitis one year. What a pain in the rear. I thought I was dying or really was hoping I would there when it was really bad. I got to go in for lovely hour long breathing treatments. I ended up with it again a couple months after I thought i was over it. Apparently I just could not push my body at all without having a relapse for a while.

    Anywho I use elderberry lozenges which work wonderfully. I use those for the flu and just about everything else also. As soon as I feel sick at all I start sucking on those. I also make a hot cider drink with cloves, honey, lemon, and cinnamon in it. It warms you body from the inside out. You feel a bit super heated but it really does wonders for the immune system. Its pretty dang yummy too.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The only 'treatment' I've had for it before was antibiotics (that don't help since it's viral I think, but they thought it was bronchitis [​IMG]) and had to be on steroids the last time because my chest sounded very 'tight'. Oh, and cough medicine. She was going to give me a shot of steroids this time but the last time I had the MP I was on steroids and it started messing up my vision, so I can't take those anymore.

    I really wish she'd have given me an asthma inhaler or something like that, I can't hardly talk to anyone without getting winded. Forget about walking and talking--that's impossible--but just sitting or standing and trying to talk makes me light-headed [​IMG]
     
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  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Thanks, I'll see about getting those things. At this point I think I'd probably try just about anything.
     
  8. HeatherLynn

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    The breathing treatments are steroids. Usually I am against those but dang it when you can't breathe they are wonderful. Ask her about an inhaler, can;t hurt to ask. Those remedies I recommended are for viral infections. I got them from home remedy sites for flu remedies. They both have worked so well I just have kept using them over the years. Honestly I do not understand why they give antibiotics for things that don't respond to them. Just messes up your system with no benefit.
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yeah, for some reason I'm thinking that some of the inhalers are not steroids. I'll call her on Monday if it's not any better and see if there's something she can give me for that. They won't give me steroids since it made my vision in my right eye blurry the last time. In a way it's good, steroids make me feel like garbage, but they really do help when you've got a tight chest.
     
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  10. redhen

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    Quote:Yeah, i would have them send you to a specialist...have they x-rayed your lungs?? MAKE them do that!!!!!!!!
     

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