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Back Pain After Having Pneumonia
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Back Pain After Having Pneumonia

5 Weeks ago I started having bad pains in my back especially at night and at fist thought I just had a bad back. After a 3 nights of pain I had to go to the emergency room where they didi a x-ray and told me I had a chest infection and gave me antibiotics. After 5 days I still did not feel any better and went to see my doctor and he took blood test and told me to take it easy for a few days. The following day I was in very bad pain and admitted to hospital where they diagnosed me with pneumonia. I spent a week in hospital taking antibiotics IV and having numerous x-ray
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Tell your doctor that your back pains are continuing 4 weeks after you were treated with IV antibiotics.  The chest x-ray should be done now rather than waiting a couple of weeks.  If your pneumonia is continuing you will need further treatment.  Pneumonia may cause pleurisy, an inflammation or irritation of the pleura, the sac that holds the lungs.  This can cause chest tightness and pain, which is felt more with deep breathing and coughing.  The pleurisy could be due to bacteria or viruses.  Antibiotics will help a bacterial infection, but will not help a viral infection.  Over time your body's natural defenses will clear a viral infection.  A pulmonologist is the type of specialist to help with this type of lung problem.
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