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After years of chest infections and an almost continuous cough, I was finally diagnosed with Bronchiectasis yesterday.
In a strange way I’m glad to find out that there’s actually something wrong with me!
Apart from feeling ill ill a lot of the time, I’ve found the last couple of years so embarrassing. Lost count of the number of times I’ve had to cancel arrangements as I’ve yet another chest infection. I’ve had to walk out at two weddings, grandsons nativity play, a funeral and the cinema, due to coughing non stop.
Am interested to know if anyone has found coughing has lead to incontinence. I’m 56, had three kids and have had to resort to buying tenna ladies pants! I saw my doctor about it, but was just told to do pelvic floor exercises. It’s only when I’ve got a chest infection this happens, but it’s most embarrassing and made me very depressed.
They have no idea how I came to have Bronchiectasis and have said it’s idiopathic. The only possible reason could be down to having glandular fever badly when I was 17.
Ive been referred for physiotherapy to learn how to cough up mucus, but have read up on techniques and hopefully this will help.
I had never heard of Bronchiectasis until yesterday, and came across this group. Obviously it effects a lot of people. I’ve read loads of the posts on here and found it really helpful.
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