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I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis about 10 years ago. I was complaining about shortness of breath when climbing stairs etc and coughing up phlegm a lot. At the time the specialist just said there was not much to be done because it was minimal bronchiectasis . And because I had asthma all my life that was another issue. So I just dealt with it for nine years and continued my asthma medicine (Advair 250) Then about 2 years ago I started feeling really ill . Tired, flu like systems, sore chest and coughing up lots of phlegm. Finally after 10 rounds of antibiotics I was able to get an appointment with a respiologist a year later. He did a scope of my lungs and found Staph Aureus and PSEUDOMONAS. Took the correct antibiotics (don't remember the name) and It got better but then worse again. He wants me to take Azithromycin on Mon, Wed, Fri from now on but it makes my Ulcerative Colitis really bad so I had to stop and take a round of it if I feel really horrible ( 2 tabs, then 1 for four days) . Nit the best solution but i have no choice.
Then he had me do extensive lung testing and said I did not have asthma and took me off all asthma medicine. Still felt horrible but he said that there was nothing else to be done.
Very frustrating because I feel horrible all the time. The odd thing is I do not cough up much phlegm at all. Actually it is rare. I may get a consistent clearing of the throat but that is it. I feel extremly run down with a sore chest and shortness of breath all the time. And I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and the best description is feeling like I have pneumonia which I had twice years ago and I think caused this whole mess. Worst time of the day is the morning when I wake up, I just lay there until I build up the energy to get up and get moving. Anyway I just keep going because I have no choice. Have two kids and my wife needs me to just be normal. I cannot miss work because I manage a large group so again I just soldier on but it can be very depressing feeling this sick all the time. And frustrating when see other people call in sick because they have a cold.
Anyway I am wondering if anyone else feels this way all the time. Still wondering if I have the right diagnosis because of the no phlegm issue?
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