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Hi - I am 45, have been athsmatic since I was 6 and have been seeing a consultant for the past 2 years who suspects I have bronchiectasis. I have had numerous scans, x-rays, bronchoscopy, IV antibiotics, you name it - they've tried it.
At the moment my symptoms seem to have developed a distinct pattern - clear at night, worsening during the day until I am gasping like an old woman by mid afternoon - some days worse than others. I have sent samples of the gunge I cough up to the lab for culture but despite a lot of white blood cells they can't grow any bugs. I am not taking any antibiotics at the moment as I am reluctant to blast my system with more drugs if we don't now what we're dealing with.
I find the only thing that works at the moment is to go out for a cycle ride mid afternoon followed immediately by chest percussion.
I don't mind doing this - I enjoy the exercise and I'm pretty fit apart from struggling to breathe at certain times of the day. At my last consultation my x-ray showed a worsening of the condition in the lower part of one lung and my spirometry is down from last time - is this something that will improve or is the only way down?
I am wondering what the long-term implications are. I have been admitted to hospital with an athsma attack in the past and know how scary that can be and am terrified that a few years down the line I may be in that state all the time. I am a very active outdoorsy person and the prospect of being unable to do anything is unthinkable!
I would love to hear from anyone with similar symptoms.
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