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Recent bout with pneumonia: anyone experience this?(10 posts)

Recent bout with pneumonia: anyone experience this?hatchetman
Mar 5, 2003 4:53 PM
I just got out of the hospital today after a particularly nasty bout with pneumonia. Traditionally I begin my training on March 1st, as I coach high school football and wrestling they pretty much keep my riding season between March and mid August. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone has ever had a bad bout of pneumonia and how quickly were they able to recover? I still can't work for a week or so, as my doctor told me I'm at a risk of relapsing. I asked my doc about riding and of course doctors are cautious and he told me it could be several weeks. I'm already being set back a month. Anyone else experience this at all? How quickly were you able to recover? Any advice would be appreciated, as I'm stuck in my house right now and can't go anywhere.
Mar 5, 2003 5:29 PM
Don't be in any hurry. Relapse is no joke. I was on the verge of recovering from a mild case and went back to work at a high stress sales job.

Bad idea.

Full blown version followed. I coughed up greenish goop the size of smurfs for two weeks. Couldn't sleep at night for the rattle noise and constant urge to cough. Eck.

Take your time and when your body tells you it's safe then go back to your routine. Trust me.

I was out for four weeks total probably and even then I was cautious.


In addition to what he said...GreenFan
Mar 5, 2003 6:14 PM
Keep in mind that from now on, any respiratory ailment that you might pick up has the potential to bring on a relapse. In other words now that you've had it once, you're alot more susceptible to getting it again. Once you resume riding, be ever mindful of congested breathing after a ride.
re: Recent bout with pneumonia: anyone experience this?Brad S
Mar 5, 2003 7:39 PM
dude, take it easy! I got pneumonia right after thanksgiving and wasn't over it completely until end of January. So basically it kicked my ass for 9 weeks! I felt better after the first 3 weeks and what did I do? You guessed it, went outside and starting riding hard again and I relapsed with a vengeance. So I am now resuming my training and I am 2 months behind. What can I do?

I do find that I have enough muscle memory that I am coming back fast though!
re: Recent bout with pneumonia: anyone experience this?hatchetman
Mar 6, 2003 7:18 AM
Hey Brad S,
Thanks for telling me about your experience. Wow, 9 weeks? I guess I'd be a lot better off taking time off and missing five or six weeks. I'll admit I'd already been making plans to start riding again in a couple of weeks, but I guess I won't be doing that anytime soon. I think it's natural for someone to want to rush back, especially when you're feeling better.
chest xraysBrad S
Mar 6, 2003 10:08 AM
How often are you getting chest xrays? I was getting them once a week to check my condition. I went through 5 courses of antibiotics and everytime I went off the antibiotics I would start to relapse. So pay attention to how you feel and don't hesitate a day to go back to your doctor after you finish your antibiotics if you feel you aren't getting better. Antibiotics have been so overused the last 20 years that so many strains of bacteria are resistant to older antibiotics. I ended up going to see an Infectious Disease Specialist because my primary care doctor just wasn't being aggresive enough with my treatment.
chest xrayshatchetman
Mar 6, 2003 11:25 AM
I'm getting X rays about once a week too, and I've been on lots of antibiotics over the past couple of weeks. I'll pay attention to how I feel after this round of antibiotics is done. Did the Infectious Disease Specialist do anything different?
chest xraysBrad S
Mar 7, 2003 10:04 AM
yes, much more aggresive on teh antibiotics, more blood work, and set me up on 2 IV antibiotics while in his office.
In the future you might try this . . .superdog
Mar 5, 2003 7:54 PM
I used to get accute bronchitis every winter and several colds that turned into sinus infections and ear infections. Then I tried a suppliment that bolsters the immune system called Biomune. You can do a google search for the product. I started taking it nine months ago and have not even had a cold since.
In the future you might try this . . .hatchetman
Mar 6, 2003 7:15 AM
Hmmm...Biomume...never heard of it...but I'm willing to give it a shot. Thanks for telling me about it, cuz I don't ever want to go through this again.