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We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make it hard for you to breathe. You may also cough or run a fever. When your lungs become infected, the smallest air sacs in the lungs can become inflamed. When these little sacs, called alveoli, become inflamed, they fill with pus or mucus. This makes breathing difficult.
For most people, pneumonia can be treated without hospitalization and often clears up in 2 to 3 weeks. In older adults, babies, and people with other diseases, pneumonia can be very serious. They may need to be in the hospital until they recover.
Pneumonia can be caused by a number of different bacteria or viruses and may follow or accompany a cold, flu, or bronchitis. Rarely, a fungus may cause pneumonia.
Pneumonia itself is not generally thought to be contagious; however, the cold or flu that caused the original illness may still be able to be spread.
You are at higher risk of developing pneumonia if you:
Common symptoms of pneumonia include:
Call us if you experience these symptoms persistently or if you feel you are getting sicker.
If you think you have pneumonia, contact us. We will use your medical history, a physical exam, and possibly a chest X-ray to diagnose pneumonia.
Most pneumonia can be treated at home, but patients who are very sick need to be admitted to the hospital. They will get many other tests to determine the type of bacteria, virus, or fungus that is causing their illness.
It is important to treat pneumonia in order to prevent worsening of lung function, which may lead to major complications and even death.
Pneumonia is usually treated with antibiotics.
Special circumstances: Patients who have chronic lung problems like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have weak immune systems, or have taken antibiotics for any reason within the last few months may be put on different combinations of antibiotics.
It may take some time to recover from pneumonia. Some people feel better after a week. For others, it can take several weeks to feel better and get back to daily activities.
These are steps you can take in addition to getting treatment that support your treatment and recovery:
Drink at least 8 cups a day of caffeine-free fluids such as water, herb teas, or clear broth to keep your sputum (mucus) thin so that you can cough it up. Coughing is important so that you can clear your lungs of mucus. The lung tissues cannot do their job of getting oxygen into your blood if there is a lot of mucus in the lungs.
Balance activity with rest. Taking time for adequate rest is very important for anyone with pneumonia because your immune system needs rest in order to fight infection.
Eat nutritious foods. Eat nutritious foods even while you are sick, so that your body has the vitamins and minerals it needs to recover.
Hold a pillow to your chest when you cough to avoid pulling muscles or injuring your ribs.
You may take acetaminophen 500 mg 1 to 2 every 6 to 8 hours if you have a fever. Do not exceed 4,000 mg (8 tablets or capsules) a day. If you have liver problems, call us before you take acetaminophen.
There are many things you can do at home to prevent becoming ill with pneumonia, for example:
Stop smoking. Smoking damages the lungs and the immune system.
Get vaccinated. Get the pneumococcal and influenza (flu) vaccines if you have a chronic condition or if you are over the age of 65.
Be proactive. Avoid exposure to people who are sick and stay away from crowded areas, especially during the winter.
Keep your hands clean. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner often when you touch surfaces that have been touched by others, or wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 10 to 15 seconds.
Keep your immune system strong. Get plenty of rest and get mild to moderate exercise on a regular basis.
If you have symptoms that make it hard for you to breathe, please call our Appointment and Advice line. Trained, experienced nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can give you immediate advice about what to do. If you want to connect with me directly, they can send me a message or book an appointment with me.
We urge you to call under these special circumstances:
To prevent pneumonia, we recommend that you get the pneumovax vaccine if:
Based on your symptoms, medical history, and any tests I may order, I will confirm your diagnosis. Together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.
You can connect with me in a variety of ways, depending on the situation and what is most convenient for you at the time. I am available online, by telephone, or in person.
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Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay current on your health status and to collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments as needed. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures we will schedule an appointment with the radiology department. When the results are ready I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
My specialty colleagues are readily available to assist me if I need additional advice about your condition. In some cases, I may contact them during your visit, so we can discuss your care together. If we decide you need a specialty appointment after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
As part of our commitment to prevention, additional members of our health care team may contact you to come in for a visit or test. We will contact you if you are overdue for cancer screenings or conditions which may require monitoring.
My goal is to provide high quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
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