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    Im just wondering if anyone here has had pneumonia that eventually led to pleural effusion?

    I was diagnosed with waking pneumonia October 18th. The dr gave me the zpack. After two weeks my symptoms grew worse, so the doc put me on levaquin. Again, two weeks and no improvement. Next up, amox for 10 days. With no improvement and low grade fevers since Nov 19th, two X-rays and a ct scan later, turns out I have a pleural effusion.

    I'm still having low grade fevers off and on, but I actually feel really good and where I couldn't walk up the stairs in my house two weeks ago, it's now not a problem.

    I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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    never heard of it. is it similar to bronchitis?
    are you coughing? if so, try to get some cough syrup/pills. codeine or vicodin or tussionex or somehting like that. will make you feel better bro trust me. if you're not coughing, pretend you are. try olive leaf and echinacea pills and vitamin c pills to naturally boost your immune system. also taco bell. and coconut water (NOT milk!).

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    Pleural effusion is water between the the lungs and the membrane around the lungs.

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    water? hmmm sounds like you could use some draaaaaaaainage. mucinex d bro.
    plus whatever the doc says. you really should listen to a doc more than some гег like me. whatd doc say.


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    Get well, M3AT, we need you here, bro.

    Get checked out, don't self diagnose/medicate.
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    Had something similar when I was like 5. I also had fluid around my heart. I suffered from the stuff you described for about a month before they caught it via x-rays - and even then they weren't sure what it was. They checked me into Primary Children's and was in ICU for awhile and then they had to go in and remove the sac and fluid. Then they put me on antibiotics. This was about 15 years ago though so hopefully medicine has improved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM View Post
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    Get well, M3AT, we need you here, bro.

    Get checked out, don't self diagnose/medicate.
    Thanks! I've been working with my family doctor, but I'm schedule to see a pulmonary doctor next tuesday. I'm a little worried. My family doc did a cbc, everything looked normal. He also did a UA. Found a bit of blood and protein, but that could be due to an infection. My family doc did mention Rheumatoid Arthritis as a potential cause, however, I've had pneumonia since oct. 18th and it appears to be gone, judging by how I feel lately.
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    Had something similar when I was like 5. I also had fluid around my heart. I suffered from the stuff you described for about a month before they caught it via x-rays - and even then they weren't sure what it was. They checked me into Primary Children's and was in ICU for awhile and then they had to go in and remove the sac and fluid. Then they put me on antibiotics. This was about 15 years ago though so hopefully medicine has improved!
    I'm pretty worried about the drainage part. I'm also worried that it could be something more serious, like autoimmune. I should hear from my doc tomorrow about the blood cultures and urine cultures.

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    what are ur symptoms besides the on/off low grade fevers?
    you took really strong antibiotics and lots of different kinds so i dont think u have anything bacterial bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3at View Post
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    Thanks! I've been working with my family doctor, but I'm schedule to see a pulmonary doctor next tuesday. I'm a little worried. My family doc did a cbc, everything looked normal. He also did a UA. Found a bit of blood and protein, but that could be due to an infection. My family doc did mention Rheumatoid Arthritis as a potential cause, however, I've had pneumonia since oct. 18th and it appears to be gone, judging by how I feel lately.


    I'm pretty worried about the drainage part. I'm also worried that it could be something more serious, like autoimmune. I should hear from my doc tomorrow about the blood cultures and urine cultures.
    We love you bro and are thinking awesome thoughts and praying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavenHarris View Post
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    what are ur symptoms besides the on/off low grade fevers?
    you took really strong antibiotics and lots of different kinds so i dont think u have anything bacterial bro.
    my very first symptoms were not being able to breath during exercise. After an xray the doc confirmed it was (walking) pneumonia. I had no fever, no cough, nothing really. Just couldn't breathe. About a week after the zpack, my symptoms were not being able to breathe walking up steps or going to the bathroom. So the doc put me on levaquin. That's when it started to get worse. No fevers at that point, but my joints and muscles started to ache, plus zero energy. I think I was in bed for almost two weeks. When the doc put me on amoxacillan, I noticed that I could barely use my hands and my knees hurt like hell. I also started having low grade fevers a couple times a day. They would get to 100-101 and then I would take some ibuprofen and they would go away.

    Now, my breathing is better. I can walk up both flights of stairs in my house without being too short of breath. My hands/knees are feeling better and the fevers are not quite as frequent.

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