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Hi guys

I have posted on here a few times. Basically I have chronic lung disease, 28 yo, and suffer with chest infections 3/4 times a year. Iv had pneumonia twice in last 4 years, most recently April this year with sepsis pneumonia. My doc has given me a sputum pot and I'm guessing he might be testing for different stuff. As chronic lunch disease is just an umbrella. I don't want to ask my doc to check as Iv been looking online as I know docs hate the Internet. Any idea? I have a good few symptoms of the subject but I am still unsure. I cough every morning, bring stuff up, suffer with infections year in year out.

Any thoughts guys.



Liverpool UK

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    Hi Philkev

    How long have you had your lung disease ?

    Do you see a specialist or just a gp

    I was diagnosed with mine for 3 1/2 years ago

    And i have sputum tests all the time to see what bacteria I'm growing.

    Do you have bronchectisis or another lung disease? .

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      All my life, was 6 weeks prem. 28 years. I was only ever diagnosed with chronic lung disease. Just a GP for now. How long did u have symptoms for before u was diagnosed and what were they?? No Iv never been told I have it, only chronic lung disease and asthma.
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      I have asthma also had it for yrs.

      I got a really bad cold and cough, cough wouldnt go drs just kept saying chest infection giving me antibiotics, had the cough 12 months saw a different dr she suggested a sputum test results came back i had pseudomonas infection sent me to a specialist she did every test i could have and found i had bronchectisis

      The untreated infection damaged my lungs.

      I had a 6 week treatment of cypro antibiotics and it got rid of it but its come back and she thinks its colonized so i will never really get rid of it. I had iv antibiotics

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    The key for me has been clearing.  I finally bought an inversion table, rather than hang over the bed.  The more stuff I bring up, the less often I seem to get infections.  My Doc told me of a patient that actually reads a book while hanging upside down.

    Just my experience...

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    I have a respiratory doc it was found in ct scan I cough on and off all day and night I get a lot of bad chest infections I get close to pneumonia so they gave me pneumonia jab with my flu jab you need to ask for answers 
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    I was diagnosed with asthma in my late 30s.  Then progressed to copd.  My lung issues were getting worse, so a CT was done to confirm that it is bronchiectasis two years ago.  Talk about miss-diagnosis.

    Bronchiectasis is due to childhood illnesses and infections.  It causes weakness of the airway walls, so it's different from copd and asthma which has to do with the inframmation of the airways.

    So you need to find out what you have. So you can receive the proper treatment.

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      I never had any childhood illnesses

      I was always in really good health except for asthma which i developed in my thirties

      And i wasn't ill i was 43 when a got sick with a cold and chest infection and its been a rollercoaster since.

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      Im 66 now, so I've been dealing with this for 27 years! 

      Im becoming more proactive about this and asking my specialist a lot of questions.  and thru this website, learning of other ways to treat this thing. 

      Keep healthy, Beth1949

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      I have had ashma for yrs Bronchectisis for 4 yrs diabetes for 3 and gerd for about 5 yrs

      Its the psuedomonus thats the problem

      For me im about to have my third excesabation treatment

      As my infection is back its been really good for 7 months ive had no treatment no infections but have had a cold for 2 weeks now and its back

      So now i will have i.v antibiotics for 3 weeks i have hospital in the home then i will have cipro for a few months as well as gentamiacin through a nebulizer for 3 months and hopefully it will clear it again for a while

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    The only way you can get a difinative diagnosis is to have a ct scan.  You really need to get a referral to a respiratory consultant from your GP.  The sputum sample will just tell them what bacterium, if any, you are growing at the moment.

    I have had brochiectasis since a baby 67 years ago and my advise to you would that you have to be more proactive.  It is your right to see a consultant.  

    Good luck.


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