Six months after pneumonia, I am still plagued with some respiratory disorder or another: sinusitus, chronic cough, excess phlegm, etc. Exrays, c-scans and blood tests are normal. Yet, I am never quite well. Is this normal?
(I admit to a heavy work schedule). Thank you
What you describe is not the normal or most common course, 6 months after recovery from acute pneumonia. That is pneumonia occurring in a person with previously completely healthy lungs. There may be a problem with your lungs, for example chronic bronchitis or a condition called bronchiectasis, or an inherited abnormality such as cystic fibrosis (CF) or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or that you had an atypical pneumonia, one prone to cause tissue destruction. Also, if you smoke cigarettes, that could prevent complete healing of the pneumonia infection.
The cause should be determined and the best way for you to do that is to consult with a lung specialist, also known as a pulmonologist. Chronic fatigue from over-work could be a factor but not the only one.
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