Meds when you have pneumonia

A month ago, I woke up with a slightly sore throat and was a little wheezy. However, I ignored that because I am asthmatic. I had my annual flu shot which this year contained 4 strains and also my PnumoVax, unfortunately they hadn’t worked. By that evening I knew that I was in trouble as I could barely breath and was coughing non-stop. So I phoned a friend who took me to my RA guy next morning. He was a little alarmed and sent me for a battery of X-rays,blood tests and so on. Diagnoses- Pneumonia. He said the problem is that because the RA meds suppress the immune system, I had acquired a secondary infection. Wonderful! So after 20 years of never having antibiotics, I was now on a 4 week course of treatment. Worse was to come, because I was taken off the methotrexate to allow my immune system to kick in properly. The result of this is that I am now having a full blown flare. The pneumonia is now under control so I have permission from my RA guy to begin my methotrexate programme again. Hoping that I never have another bout of pneumonia as it has certainly been no fun.

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