HomeAnswersGeneral MedicinepneumoniaCan severe flu with severe back and chest pain be signs of pneumonia or bronchitis?

I am a 24-year-old male with mild flu, severe back and chest pain, and no fever. Could it be pneumonia?


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Published At March 12, 2022
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 24-year-old male with mild flu-like symptoms, like congestion, cough, and no fever, with severe upper back and chest pain. A friend of mine said it could be pneumonia or bronchitis. I am taking tablet Ibuprofen for pain and hydrating very frequently. Should I rush to a hospital?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Arpit Varshney


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Yes, your symptoms suggest developing pneumonia. Sometimes, pneumonia presents without a fever, and the best way to diagnose it is to get a chest x-ray. If the chest x-ray comes normal, the possibility of URTI (upper respiratory tract infection) is to be kept, and the treatment in both cases will remain the same. I suggest you start with antibiotics tablet Gramocef-CV (Cefixime 200 mg and Clavulanic Acid 125 mg) twice daily and tablet Levoflox (Levofloxacin) 750 mg once a day for five days. You will feel much better within two days of starting treatment.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Arpit Varshney
Dr. Arpit Varshney

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