I just got out of the hospital a couple days ago. I have a severe case of pneumonia....I have been very sick for almost 2 weeks now. It started with really bad chills/shaking uncontrollably, and a slight fever. I spent an entire day in bed, unable to get out of bed because I was in so much pain. I thought I had the flu, until I dragged myself to the Dr the next day. They took an x-ray and told me my left lung was really bad. Well, it is my left side that is so painful. Once I developed the cough, I noticed the pain in my back/shoulder/rib kept getting worse and worse. When I would start coughing, the searing pain would cause me to be unablt to breathe. It has been horrible!! The pain is the worst pain I have ever felt in my life (next to childbirth). Nothing has helped that pain at all. I tried ice, heating pads, meds....nothing worked. So when I was in the hospital and the Drs/nurses were trying to listen to my lungs, they would tell me to take a deep breath, which of course I couldn't. And when I tried the pain would just become so intense. The day I was admitted, I couldn't even talk to them because of the pain. They had me on Vicodin and Morphine, but every time I coughed I felt like someone was stabbing me right in the back. Awful. The Dr explained that the pain was caused by the pneumonia (he explained in Drs terms, which I don't remember exactly, but it made sense). My question is....I have Fibro, and I am wondering if my pain was much more severe than normal because of the FM? I got the feeling that the nurses & Drs thought that my pain level should not have been that bad. One nurse mentioned muscle spasms, which makes sense, because with all of the coughing, I am sure I could've pulled a muscle. I overheard one nurse giving her report to the next nurse, and she said that I am in a lot of pain from a muscle spasm. Even though the Dr said pain is from pneumonia. I am still getting the pain, but just not as severe. I think this is finally clearing up. But when I sleep, I still cough, and wake up with that searing pain. Like nothing I have ever felt before. Has anyone else ever experienced this?