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Recovering from pneumonia & pleural effusion

Hi there. I was previously a health 30 year old female, and contracted pneumonia last year and developed a pleural effusion on my right lung. I was in hospital for two weeks as I had an infection (hot/cold/sweats) and it took them a few days to find what the cause was and whether or not I should have the fluid drained. Eventually they inserted a chest tube and drained over 1.5lt of fluid over 24 hours. I had a partially collapsed lung afterwards due to the fluid damage, but have recovered fairly well since. I've been back for a few chest xrays since which show improvement, but my doctor says I have permanent scar tissue and may only get back to 90-95%.

Its now almost 10 months later, and I've been training for my first marathon. My chest has largely been okay, though every now and I think it gets inflamed and I'll feel uncomfortable after I've gone for a run. I got a chest infection the other week after a half marathon, but have mostly recovered now and have gone for a few runs since, but now I'm getting pain in my right chest again - its a mild pain and similar to what I had when I was first recovering, but can be quite noticeable at certain points during the day. My question really is this: how long does it take to recover fully? Do other people still get some pain months after the original infection? Does it just take ages to recover, or could this be recurring again?

Any help/advice/stories of others who are recovering from this would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
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I recently had pneumonia..back in July of this year. I too took levequin to cure the infection.
The infection cleared up pretty quick, but the upper back pain and frontal chest pain still remained. The frontal chest pain is now pretty much gone..but is the upper back pain that comes and goes. My doctor said is due to pleurisy..which is the inflammation of the lining of the lungs. He says that it takes a long while for people to feel better. I suggest still walking to strenghten the lungs and some herbal supplements to help the healing of the inflammation. I've only dealt with this for 2 months..but you have been dealing it with for 10 months. I also suggets lots of rest..eat right. hope this helps.
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Even I had the similar situation like you, I had pneumonia  last year and had developed a Pleural effusion on my left lung, which in turn had to be drained by thoracic ICD procedure. Recently I had done a chest x-ray and there was indication of same Pleural effusion in lungs even though I do not have any physical problems or difficulties. Looks like I have to do a specialty consultation again to find if the effusion is OK or have to be treated .
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Hi there.  I had a similar situation as you. I too had pneumonia in spring of 2010 and pleural effusion, 1.5L of fluid, but was extremely lucky enough to not to have to have drainage.  I am curious to know if you still have some back pain and occasional chest pain.  Unfortunately, I still have occasional chest pain and back pain is pretty constant. You are much more active than I am and wonder if your body has healed where you don't have those symptoms any longer.  It is most frustrating to still feel this discomfort after almost 2 years later.
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Hi, I'm a 33 year old male who has had a similar situation as you. I always had a clean bill of health. Then january 2011 got really sick. I kept going to work outside as I'm an Elecrician and put off seeing a doctor. Then finally it got so bad I was having problems breathing and extreme back pain. I brought myself into emerge and found out that I had undiagnosed pneumonia and a pleural effusion to go with it. I had a thoracentesis done 330ml came out. It was at least 10 months til I started feeling half normal again. after 16 months I got another pleural effusion on my left lung. This time doctors were a little more curious as to what is causing me to have these effusions. In the end they told me it was viral. I still have excessive back pain and chest pain on the left side and some back pain on the right. I'm not training for a marathon like you but I am very active. I hit the wieghts every second day and do cardio on every other day. I feel that when i get worn down with not enough rest or too much stress I feel more pain in the lung region. good luck with your training and hope your feeling better :)
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I had plural effusion 4 years back almost. But since last few months I have started feeling pain in the upper and lower portion of my right chest (lungs). This is the same area which was effected earlier by plural effusion. I had consulted my physicion about the pain I am dealing with. He said its normal but I am quite worried about it. I am going for a Chest X-ray next week. Let see what is the result and then I'll decide what should be my next step. I am also trying to consult a ayurvedic doctor and take their observations to come to any final conclusion.
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Did you ever feel the mild chest pain after recovering from plural effusion
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I too am just recovering from a massive pleural effusion, it completely collapsed my left lung, I was diagnosed with TB, and its been 9 months since the initial diagnosis, I have recovered from TB as well as the pleural effusuion, but like your doctor said I too am suffering from a pleural scar and lately been having chest pains on the upper right side of my left lung..its not so bad but still noticeable..reading all the comments here I feel its quite normal and am still on the path of recovery.. I got back to active life and hitting the gym and walking now after almost 6 months of resting..
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Hello,

Your story is good to identify with.  I am also a young, usually healthy male of 31 (non-smoker!)

Had a pleural effusion (very small, no need for drainage) and pneumonia in 1  lung.  Stayed in the hospital for a week (actually 6days) and after two weeks received a clean x-ray.

But I do have some mild symptoms still (about 3 weeks after being released from hospital). That slight pain at the bottom of lung happens.  From what I have read, this can be normal and your story just adds to the confirmation.  Pneumonia, especially with effusion can really do a number on you- young or not.
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