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If I've had pneumonia in the past, am I more susceptible to getting it again?

Asked by Dutchess_III (41748points) 1 month ago

in 2012 I almost died from pneumonia. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks. Am I more at risk than others?
Rick told me that, at the time, the doc told him that if I ever got a cold or flu or anything, he needs to hie my butt to the vet ASAP.
Well, I have a cold. I haven’t had a cold in years and years and decades.

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chyna's avatar

Why do you need to get to the vet as soon as possible? I’m very concerned for you now.

longgone's avatar

If a doctor said that, knowing your case, I would trust him over random people on the internet. Feel better soon!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Just joking about the vet part @chyna.

I just wondered if EVERYONE who has had pneumonia is more susceptible to getting it again.

Dutchess_III's avatar

And, BTW, the doc who told him that is not one I trust. I went to him no less than 3 times and he misdiagnosed me all three times. Almost f*cking killed me. Trust me when I say he’s incompetent. And it’s not just my experience.

Brian1946's avatar

@Dutchess_III

“I just wondered if EVERYONE who has had pneumonia is more susceptible to getting it again.”

I don’t think everyone is, because I only had it once, and that was about 60 years ago.

When I get a cold, it’s usually symptomatically expressed as a sore throat, coughing, and nasal and bronchial congestion.
When said symptoms are accompanied by a fever, then I figure it’s a respiratory flu.

I’ve only sneezed once or twice during the 70 or so colds I’ve had.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, 60 years ago you were only 10 or so. Your body was still building itself. It repaired itself much more easily than it does today.

snowberry's avatar

Every time you have pneumonia you build a little scar tissue in your lungs. There’s no way we can know how much of your lungs were scarred but it sounds like it was pretty bad (more scarring then if it had been caught early).

I do know that repeated bouts of pneumonia will of course increase scar tissue and that means you will have less and less lung function.

Regardless, I think that in your case you would be more susceptible to any lung infection. Be careful!

Sagacious's avatar

I had pneumonia in second grade. There is still some fluid in my lung. I have always been told that I would need to be aware of that when I became ill with cold or flu. I have had severe bronchitis as an adult but never again had pneumonia.

That is all I know on that subject. :)

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I have a cold or something. My throat hurts, coughing a dry, unproductive cough…and my chest feels tight. I have COPD too.
Going to the doc’s tomorrow.

The pneumonia I had in 2012 went undiagnosed for 6 months.

janbb's avatar

Good luck! I hope you have a doctor that you can trust more now.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Please give up date.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Actually, two weeks ago, after 5 years I was able to make an appointment with an actual MD. (My original MD, the one I went to after my other crappy doc tried to kill me, moved out of town 5 years ago and I haven’t had any luck replacing him.) This one couldn’t get me in until next Tuesday. I’ll just hold out until then. Whatever this is will either be better or worse!

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