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To think the GPS diagnosis of my DD is wrong?

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Rightontheschnozz Thu 09-Feb-17 20:09:30

So DD is 6. She came home yesterday at normal time from school. TA said she had been a bit teary (upset) as was complaining of tooth ache. Got home that transpired to be a headache. Refused calpol but lay down with cold flannel. Didn't want tea.

Got up this morning fine, bit tired, complained of a tummy ache but nothing else. Offerd calpol again n she took it.

Go collect her from school and she's really warm, lethargic and making a funny noise with her mouth. I ask her why and she says she has a funny taste. (Couldn't see tonsils to check for tonsillitis)

Call gp surgery and they get her in (my GP surgery is brilliant)

He does all checks, looks at tonsils. Has a temp of 39deg. Breathing ok. HR consistent with temp. Listens to chest and seems ok then he taps her chest and back and then says "oh, sounds like pnumonia (SP) prescribed amoxcillin and advised to alternate paracetamol and ibuprofen. Keep and eye on her etc.

We get home, I dose her up with all relevant meds, she has tea and a drink. Manages most of it. Temp check before she went to bed and it's gone right down to 37.. oral temp, 35 armpit.

Now I mean, obviously the pain releif is making her feel better. But she's pretty much asymptomatic now.

AIBU to think it's surely not pneumonia? She's not got a cough or anything. The only symptom she's had is temp and headache..

user892 Thu 09-Feb-17 20:12:43

Paracetamol will be bringing her temperature down.

booksandcoffee Thu 09-Feb-17 20:14:23

You want a medic MAER, not me. Just posting to keep this thread alive. I hope she really is well.

OnceMoreIntoTheBleach Thu 09-Feb-17 20:16:06

Keep going with the antibiotics OP. They can hear a lot form the stethoscope.

Most GPs listen and say not on the chest, just in the throat. If yours has said it is on her chest, you need to listen.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 09-Feb-17 20:16:39

DD1 had double pneumonia at that age. She had no cough, no temperature, no wheezing, just kept moaning that her chest hurt. I finally took her to the GP when her temperature went up a bit (but not alarmingly) and she went off her food. He sent her for a chest x ray, we got the diagnosis, they put her on antibiotics and I felt terrible - but she really hadn't seemed ill at all.

Nospringflower Thu 09-Feb-17 20:19:55

Out of genuine interest (and too lazy to google) What is double pneumonia?

Rightontheschnozz Thu 09-Feb-17 20:20:39

Thank you. Oh I am listening. She will be finishing the course of antibiotics and I'll keep up with the suspension if the temp starts creeping back. I just wondered why she appears to have such few symptoms. She leaves school tomorrow as it's her final day (before half term break and for moving to new school)

Nospringflower Thu 09-Feb-17 20:24:23

My son had something called walking pneumonia - he seemed fine apart from a wheeze although he did end up in hospital.

3luckystars Thu 09-Feb-17 20:25:19

When my daughter had pneumonia she had no cough, she only got a cough when she started getting better! It was shocking!

pneumonia is extremely serious and can take a long time to recover. I know she might seem ok but she isn't if she has it.
Let her take it easy and take her time to recover. Please keep in contact with the doctor and if she isn't improving, get attention immediately. It sounds like she is doing great so that's good news!

Rightontheschnozz Thu 09-Feb-17 20:26:49

Thank you. I will do. Felt absolutely awful for sending her in today sad

Veterinari Thu 09-Feb-17 20:27:43

Cough is usually due to upper respiratory irritation. Pneumonia is infection deep in the lungs - often coughing doesn't occur

shouldwestayorshouldwego Thu 09-Feb-17 20:27:47

Ds has seemingly no symptoms beyond a fever with a chest infection. As far as I know pneumonia is just a chest (lung) infection. Double pneumonia just means that both lungs have an infection. Our gp always said it is good to move a bit with chest infection so could you ring the school and arrange for her to pop in to say goodbye and pick up her bits.

StarlingMurderation Thu 09-Feb-17 20:28:46

Double pneumonia is in both lungs. I think I'd probably listen to the guy with the medical degree. I really think you should keep her off school tomorrow. Not to alarm you but my brother died of pneumonia after feeling fine earlier in the day, just a sore throat and a cold - he deteriorated so quickly that by the time he went to hospital, he was suffering from sepsis and went into multiple organ failure.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Thu 09-Feb-17 20:29:12

Pop in for 20 min that should read.

lalalalyra Thu 09-Feb-17 20:29:43

When my DD had walking pneumonia my MIL called it 'silent pneumonia' as she said that's what it was called when she was younger. Hardly any/no cough.

Heirhelp Thu 09-Feb-17 20:33:13

OP I assume she thought it was a bit more than the average cold/virus otherwise you would not have taken her to see the GP. What do you think is wrong with her?

Orchidflower1 Thu 09-Feb-17 20:34:29

Really hope your dd feels better soon but don't hink other parents would thank you for taking her in knowing what is wrong with her. Could she have a little tea party / park trip when she's better at the end of half term?
Hope new school move goes well.

Sara107 Thu 09-Feb-17 20:39:43

The temperature has dropped because she's on the paracetamol / ibuprofen, not necessarily because she's better. As others say, pneumonia can be nasty so I would follow the drs advice. They can tell what's going on by listening to the chest. I would associate bronchitis with lots of coughing, rather than pneumonia, I guess the infection is in different parts of the lung.

CaliforniaHorcrux Thu 09-Feb-17 20:42:35

StarlingMurderation that's more or less what happened to my sister as well

TroysMammy Thu 09-Feb-17 20:43:14

Double pneumonia is affecting both lungs. Referred to by medics as bi-lateral, both sides.

ModreB Thu 09-Feb-17 20:44:56

Pneumonia is the same as a chest infection. She needs rest, attention and a cuddle with the meds on regular basis. And a couple of days off. DS2 had silent Pneumonia on a regular basis until he was about 11yo, but with rest and the right care he's fine now (24yo)

Fairyfellowsmasterstroke Thu 09-Feb-17 20:45:15

NoSpring - Double pneumonia just means that the infection is in both lungs.

Lelloteddy Thu 09-Feb-17 20:46:13

So she was ill enough to take her to the GP but now you think he's being over cautious?

Trust the man with the medical degree and keep in giving her the meds.

bigmouthstrikesagain Thu 09-Feb-17 20:48:50

orchid pneumonia isn't catching. I had double pneumonia a few years ago, I was ill for weeks before going to GP and ended up in hospital for over a week.There is a thread on here about it. Make sure you follow the advice and have a follow up appt soon. I am sure your DD will be fine but there is no point risking anything. It can feel pretty asymptomatic, I wasn't taking any medication for a while even in hospital til they found the right treatment, which in my case was steroids (3 different antib's did nowt) but I was exhausted by the pneumonia and took a long time to recover.

GabsAlot Thu 09-Feb-17 20:48:52

why is she in school then?

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