Hi, l am not sure what stage I am in copd, as I have been spending a lot of time on diagnosis of CHT, GAD, TYPE2 DIABETES & sleep apnea!
We all know what the symptoms of most of the above are or are not! Most of us, suffering personally, experience the discomfort, pain (usually chronic), most DAYS/HOURS, not monthly, yearly etc!
I would like to know.......the exact undeniable symptoms of pneumonia! SOOOO many viruses,… read more
Pneumonia is very similar to other diseases, for sure. The only true way I know of diagnosing is an x-ray and sometimes even that will miss it. My solution is never wait until I'm quite sure I'm that sick. My deal with my doc is that as soon as I see any red flag (for me it's often that my mucous changes to yellow or worse, green) I start taking the antibiotics I have at home and call the doc. I tell all the symptoms I'm having and everything I'm doing about them, including taking the antibiotic and ask what else I should do. Most of the time I'm told to continue taking the antibiotic and let them know if nothing changes in the next day or so. I never let myself get so sick that I would consider calling the ambulance. Getting that sick almost always means more damage to your lungs that you can't change. Neither I nor my doc want to take that chance.
Wow pneumonia is difficult to diagnose early on. It seems just like a cold or flu and generally that's all it is, except that sometimes especially when you are already weakened the cold or flu develop into pneumonia. The way I tell is with the coughing. If your lower chest hurts when you cough, or the coughing will not ease get help. It may or may not be pneumonia but pneumonia in someone with COPD is a killer. Never refuse the help that is there, I had to accept that I was not able to do what I used to and need my wife as my carer. Please don't delay getting help if it might be pneumonia. Breathe Easy.
good for you,maybe next time I will also go to the ER instead.
I have only been to Urgent Care once and I do not plan to ever go again. I should have gone to the Emergency Room.