Hi I was in hospital with atypical pneumonia. I was discharged 12 days ago. Although I feel a lot better I still feel chesty & I feel quite tired if I try to exert myself. The hospital doctor said I should be ok to return to work about now but i dont feel well enough to do a few hours let alone a full days work. Is it normal for my chest to feel sensitive and sore this far into my recuperation?

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  • I have also noticed that my limbs and buttocks are beginning to ache again.

  • It does take time for the body to repair and heal. Gradually increase your daily activities and balance out with rest and relaxation.

    When you are ready will your work place put in a graded or stepped return to work for you?

    Can you speak to the HR department at work to discuss?

    Hope you are feeling much better before long.

  • Sounds like you are not strong enough to go back to work yet. Personally, I would give yourself at least a month. Your body needs to fully heal before you go back to work, and also you will be emotionally affected more than you realise. Give yourself time. From my experience hospitals generally underestimate the time you need. Talk to your GP. Keep work informed of your progress.

    If you go back too soon, your immune system will not have fully recovered to fight off those nasty germs. Keep smiling.

  • Feisar I think most people would disagree with your hospital doctor. It can take quite a few weeks to recover from pneumonia. I suggest you contact your own GP.

    Take care, Sheila x

  • Feisar It took me a good few months to recover from pneumonia, I gained my strength back very gradually. I have been retired a few years now but no way would I have been able to work full time for quite a long while. Can you not go back part time for a little while until your health has recovered properly.

  • I will see what can be done but it's a bit difficult as I'm a bus driver working long shifts with smalll breaks, from early in the morning or finishing late at night.

  • Feisar, With the job that you do its even more important not to go back full time until you are completely recovered. You must need a hell of a lot of concentration to do what you do, which you have not got when unwell. I know this sounds hard but you also have a duty to the passengers that you carry to be fully fit before driving. Do hope your employers will help you. I worked for a very small employer for 25 years who expected you to work regardless, he would not do a thing to help anyone who was unwell, if you could stand up then you could work.

  • Hi Feisar, it's absolutely normal that you're not fully recovered after a bout of pneumonia.

    The infection & meds all take away your strength & you should not return to work till you feel able.

    You will know yourself when you can go back.

    You don't say how long you spent in hospital but I was told by my consultant that for every day you spend in bed ill in hospital, it takes a week to recover.

    So if you were confined more or less to bed for a week then it could take around 7 weeks before you're back to normal.

    Stay at home & rest with a little light exercise, eat well, sleep as often as you like, take your meds & you'll soon be back at work. 💐

  • Thank you. I was in bed at home for days with what I thought was flu then a further 4 days in hospital.

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