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Old 07-09-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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I am super healthy. All of a sudden, last August, I got pneumonia. Not only am I never sick, but also I had not known anyone in my life to have pneumonia. Last year, I met, knew, or knew of, about 40 people who got it. Most of these people are health nuts like me. Further, I feel the symptoms coming on again this year. After my experience last year, I have been extra cautious, taking my allergy meds regularly, and continuing my already healthy lifestyle. I have already talked to 3 people who have gotten it again this year. And my symptoms seem to be getting worse rather than better.
Is this just a symptom of our over-prescribing antibiotics- that the bacteria and virus that can lead to pneumonia is now more drug-resistant?
How many of you guys out there have had a similar experience?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I am super healthy. All of a sudden, last August, I got pneumonia. Not only am I never sick, but also I had not known anyone in my life to have pneumonia. Last year, I met, knew, or knew of, about 40 people who got it. Most of these people are health nuts like me. Further, I feel the symptoms coming on again this year. After my experience last year, I have been extra cautious, taking my allergy meds regularly, and continuing my already healthy lifestyle. I have already talked to 3 people who have gotten it again this year. And my symptoms seem to be getting worse rather than better.
Is this just a symptom of our over-prescribing antibiotics- that the bacteria and virus that can lead to pneumonia is now more drug-resistant?
How many of you guys out there have had a similar experience?
Thanks in advance.
I developed pneumonia in 2009 about 5-6 months after a bout of bronchitis. I don't know if the two were related. My pneumonia was bacterial.

I have no idea why or how I got it. All I know is I went to work that day feeling fine, and between 5-6 pm I developed a high fever and was shaking and sweating profusely. I was on call that day so I shifted my responsibilities elsewhere and headed home. I flopped onto the couch and woke up 16 hours later still dressed in my work clothes, soaked in sweat with a huge queue of voicemails and missed calls from work. I took my temperature and it was over 103F. I went to the doc-in-the-box immediately and texted my boss from the waiting room. I thought it was a bad case of the flu...it was early spring and not flu season...but the doc suspected pneumonia immediately, and I'll be damned if she wasn't right.

This was on a Thursday, and I was out the following day as well. I was under intense pressure to return to work on Monday, so I did...and collapsed around 10am. I went back home and spent a few more days in bed, then came back to work a week after developing pneumonia. My recovery took a VERY long time, probably because I did not take enough time off to recover. Luckily after the second time I returned to work I did not get sick again.

If I ever develop pneumonia again (which I hope I don't) I will push back on work if they try to get me to come back within a week.

I have allergies, asthma, and I smoke...all of which put me at higher risk for it, but given that I've only had it twice in my entire life (once as an infant), I'm not losing any sleep over the how/why.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Do you know if those other people you met got pnuemonia from a bad flu season in Dallas or happen to know if strepacoccus pneuomanae (spelling?) is prevalent there? This is important for me to know as my son has an immunodefiency towards the strepacoccus pneuomanae, and this info could affect our decision to relocate there. Thanks.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I had pneumonia two yrs ago and I will never forget it it wiped me out and i went to the er and had to be put on oxygen immediately and I have never felt worse in my life . also after I came home from the hospital I had to use oxygen too . I felt so horrible . I thought I was going to die . I told my husband where all my important papers were and where everything was and I think I scared him horribly and he said enough is enough we are going to the specialists and off we went ...I hope I never get it again . I now use hand sanitizer like a fiend and I also wear masks when I am going to be in a huge crowd like a grocery store etc ...protect yourself at all costs .
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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I am super healthy. All of a sudden, last August, I got pneumonia. Not only am I never sick, but also I had not known anyone in my life to have pneumonia. Last year, I met, knew, or knew of, about 40 people who got it. Most of these people are health nuts like me. Further, I feel the symptoms coming on again this year. After my experience last year, I have been extra cautious, taking my allergy meds regularly, and continuing my already healthy lifestyle. I have already talked to 3 people who have gotten it again this year. And my symptoms seem to be getting worse rather than better.
Is this just a symptom of our over-prescribing antibiotics- that the bacteria and virus that can lead to pneumonia is now more drug-resistant?
How many of you guys out there have had a similar experience?
Thanks in advance.

Do you have any data that suggests Texas has a higher people contracting pneumonia than other states?
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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How is your air pollution? In addition to viruses and bacteria, certain chemicals can cause pneumonia.

Pneumonia: Is It Contagious? What Causes It?
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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Are you aware you can get a vaccination for pneumonia?
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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I am super healthy. All of a sudden, last August, I got pneumonia. Not only am I never sick, but also I had not known anyone in my life to have pneumonia. Last year, I met, knew, or knew of, about 40 people who got it. Most of these people are health nuts like me. Further, I feel the symptoms coming on again this year. After my experience last year, I have been extra cautious, taking my allergy meds regularly, and continuing my already healthy lifestyle. I have already talked to 3 people who have gotten it again this year. And my symptoms seem to be getting worse rather than better.
Is this just a symptom of our over-prescribing antibiotics- that the bacteria and virus that can lead to pneumonia is now more drug-resistant?
How many of you guys out there have had a similar experience?
Thanks in advance.
A lot of natural sources like garlic and other herbs have a natural antibiotic. These are the kinds that people should take all the time. At the same time, the synthesized antibiotics should be avoided as much as possible so the body doesn't grow an immunity to them. I take at least four grams of vitamin C a day and even more during times of high stress and illness.
I do all this because I too am somewhat of a health food nut myself.
Of course, three ways to remain physically fit are to exercise, eat well, and eat to keep the parasites in check.
Garlic and powdered vitamin C (ascorbic acid) will help rid the body of parasites. The parasites work to lower the immune system.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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Well, not everyone wants to take vaccines, and actually in our case the shot does not work because my son is unable create antibodies, so we have to be careful and I don't want to relocate to an area that has a higher rate of the bacteria that causes pneumonia....I will have to see if I can figure out if there are statistics online.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Do you know if those other people you met got pnuemonia from a bad flu season in Dallas or happen to know if strepacoccus pneuomanae (spelling?) is prevalent there? This is important for me to know as my son has an immunodefiency towards the strepacoccus pneuomanae, and this info could affect our decision to relocate there. Thanks.
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Well, not everyone wants to take vaccines, and actually in our case the shot does not work because my son is unable create antibodies, so we have to be careful and I don't want to relocate to an area that has a higher rate of the bacteria that causes pneumonia....I will have to see if I can figure out if there are statistics online.
I don't know if pneumonia is more prevalent here than in other areas, but Dallas is a terrible place to live if you have respiratory issues.
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