Delia

DeliaOne of our partners is currently looking to interview patients diagnosed with Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease or Mycobacterium abscessus (MAbs) lung disease as part of a research study. If eligible for this study and you complete the interview, you will be compensated with a $125 gift card.

The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of patients' experiences with MAC and MAbs lung disease and to identify which signs, symptoms, and related impacts on daily life are the most important and relevant to patients. Your involvement in the study will be limited to participation in a one-time interview. There is no additional follow-up required, and no treatment will be provided.

If interested in participating or learning more, please visit: https://www.patientwing.com/mac-mabs-interview

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I have been maintaining at the same level for roughly 6 months. 

13 hours ago

  • Ksmiles123Top,
    Welcome to the site.  Glad that you are staying stable.  Have a pleasant day!1 hour ago
KK

KK

Thx ksmiles and Made. All feed back is great

17 hours ago

Tracer

Tracer

DAY ONE DONE!
Reporting in after day one of "Big 3".....not near as bad as I anticipated --so far.
Clarithromycin & ethambutol in a.m. made me queasy for a few hours and then fine!
I'm blaming it on the ethambutol as my evening dose of C I did not experience that.
Took rifampin a couple hours after evening C dose......
Rifampin, well....colorful urine this a.m. but other than that I feel fine. (Glad I was warned about that particular side effect though!)  If this is all I experience with these drugs I will be able to tolerate this well. I'm hoping side effects do not increase. 
Happy Friday everyone!

23 hours ago

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  • Ksmiles123Tracer,
    Hello! Glad to hear that day 1 went ok!!! You made it through the day 1?hump; it is angst producing to start an intensive Med regime. Yes, funny thing about orange colored urine.
    Drink plenty of water if you can, try to minimize caffeine drinks.   Keep us posted.:)22 hours ago
  • DeliaTracer, glad to hear you're off to a good start! I hope it continues! 20 hours ago
KK

KK

Hello everyone. Someone wrote a message about using their nebuziler everyday. Are u using it with medication like albutreal  to keep your Mac at bay  as a preventive measure   Please let me know. I use my everyday once a day with albuetral  and it seems to have kept me going  this winter I also use my acapella every day   Please let me know thank you kk

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  • Made PramanaHi! I use nebulizer when I have a free time. I have bronchiectasis and usually do nebulization of hypertonic saline (NaCl 3%) to make my mucus thin. But I don’t use albuterol so I couldn’t give my experience of it.
    Acapella is good for me too.1 day ago
  • Ksmiles123Hello! I think most patients use albuteril as needed.  It is a bronchodilator to assist w wheezing, airway restriction, not directly lessening the chance of NTM.   22 hours ago
Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123answered the question new diagnosis, so many questions..

Hello! I am sorry to read about your dad’s current challenges. The antibiotics are the only thing that will get rid of the mycobacterium. Added Supplements which have not been approved by the FDA could compound potential issues to body organs such as …
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Moemg

Moemg

How soon after you start the antibiotics do you start to feel better ?

1 day ago

LAT

LATasked the question: new diagnosis, so many questions..

My near 80 yr old father was recently diagnosed with Bronchiecstesis and MAC. He saw an infectious disease specialist today and she put him on the "big 3" on a daily regimen. His latest scan shows cavitation. So far his only symptoms are chronic cough, …

2 days ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123

Hello! How are you doing today? The days are getting longer:); it didn’t get dark yesterday until 5:25- spring is around the corner.:)))

2 days ago

Lvo

Lvo

Hi everyone - I’ve been out of touch through the holidays... I saw that Tracer and Chicken Little just started the big 3?  Looks like I’m starting it this week.  My doctor just got a final test result on my MAC, and had sent the prescription in for me.  Assume I’ll start tomorrow 😕.  Will be doing the 3x week routine.  Any suggestions on the probiotics you all are taking?  I’d  appreciate recommendations.  Will also keep you all posted on any side effects from the medications.  Not looking forward to this, but at the same time, ready to get started.  Need to try something different to stop the constant bouts of pneumonia!  Thanks for being there!  It really helps knowing I’m not alone in all this! ❤ Linda

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  • TracerHi Linda.......I am starting tomorrow also! So here's to our journeys! I've been taking vitamins (Omega3, Vit.D, Vit C, zinc & probiotics (culturelle) for the last two months trying to boost immunity. Here's hoping that helped. Not sure if I can still fit in the zinc as it may not go well with some of these meds. (ethambutol, clarithromycin & rifampin) but I'll have the others at lunch time. Keep me posted on how you're doing. Have a friend coming over tonight. Like grade school -- a sleep over for the last hurrah and someone to be here tomorrow when the saga begins. Hoping to get in a hike or something to keep busy!! Good luck to you!!
    2 days ago
  • Ksmiles123Tracer,
    Hello! You sound like you are prepared and in the right mindset.
    The power of a positive outlook goes a long way!:)). Enjoy the last hurrah tonight!   There is light at the end of the tunnel!  Enjoy your hike tomorrow.  Glad that you and Linda can communicate regularly as you begin the journey.2 days ago
  • KandyI was told the best probitoic is the ones kept in the fridge 2 days ago
Island Girl

Island Girlanswered the question Big 3

Big 3 refers to the 3 drugs prescribed for MAC which is Azithromyacin, Ethambutol & Rifampin.

3 days ago

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netmouse

netmouseasked the question: Big 3

I'm new here. Keep seeing Big 3. What is that?

3 days ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123Hello! The article below discusses rhinosinusitis and Bronchiectasis:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/alr.22436

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Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123answered the question how to take probiotic with Big 3 & safe to take vit. c,d, omega3 & zinc?

https://vitamedica.com/wellness-blog/antibiotics-and-probiotics-what-you-need-to-know/

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Tracer

Tracerasked the question: how to take probiotic with Big 3 & safe to take vit. c,d, omega3 & zinc?

drug interactions with suppliments

4 days ago

Tracer

Tracer

Starting Big 3 Thursday a.m.  and then have a mid February flight planned to visit friends. Hoping for no side effects or at least minor that will travel well!  :) 

4 days ago

Myrnie

Myrnie

I have a flare up with cold and cough

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Hello! Do you understand the impact of high inflammatory foods on your lungs, entire body? https://drjockers.com/inflammatory-foods/

1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123

Hello! The link below reviews a healthy lifestyle, not a diet.https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/14-ways-to-stick-to-a-diet#section15

1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123Hello! Below is an older article, written by DrJ Falkinham, a NTM microbiology expert.https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/10.2217/fmb.10.53

1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123

Hello! Are you looking for some diversional activities to do while indoors this winter? https://www.masterclass.com/

1 week ago

Menmac

Menmac

I’m having another exacerbation of my Bronchiectasis/NTM. A short history. I was diagnosed in 2010 but didn’t go on the 3 drug cocktail until 2012. I’ve been on the meds ever since. Sputum samples are always positive. I take the drugs only 3 days per week as after so many years, I know I will not be cured of the diseases but just want to keep them in check. My recent exacerbation has been quite debilitating. I’m on oxygen therapy 24/7 and can walk very short distances without having to sit down. Has anyone reached this terrible level of the diseases? Is there any Quality of Life left for me?

1 week ago

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  • Made PramanaHi Menmac. I have bronchiectasis. It’s difficult for us when we do the things that we were told and take the medicine but didn’t work out. I hope there’s a way to control the progression of your condition.1 week ago
  • Ksmiles123MenMac,
    Yes, it truly is a roller coaster ride! I used to compare it to manic depression; it goes back and forth, up and down.   You are frequently taken by surprise with weather changes, the unknown,  mild stressors, what you have eaten, etc.   I am a firm believer of the gut microbiome, brain/ energy connection .
    Enjoy the good days, try to give your self permission to rest when you need to.  Napping is still really hard for me after all of these years.
    I describe myself as a type A , living in a type D body at times.
    One day at a time:).  Katie1 week ago
  • Ksmiles123Made,
    We just have to keep seeking new treatments, 2nd opinions.... we can’t give up.:)1 week ago
Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123Hello! Interesting article on NTM w a breakdown of incidence in common NTM bugs.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/29476412/

1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123Hello! The article below mentions m. Gordonae as the most common NTM.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28433210/

1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123

Hello! Are you practicing better self care in the new year? https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/biggest-self-care-mistakes

1 week ago

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Island Girlvoted on NTM/Bronchiectasis Patients and Carbohydrates

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1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123answered the question What is the usual dosage for the Big 3?

Hello! So sorry that you are going through this again- reoccurrence rate is high. I have been down your road. It is always best to call your doctor, double check your dosages , based on being lighter weights, times of day, frequency. It will be …
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1 week ago

Tracer

Tracerasked the question: What is the usual dosage for the Big 3?

big 3 dosage I feel like what I'm being prescribed is a bit high. I weigh 118 pounds and Rx is for 5 days. 600mg rifampin daily, 800 mg ethambutol 2x daily, and clarithromycin 500 mg 2x daily.

1 week ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123answered the question Has anyone been diagnosed with mycobacterium gordonae?

Hello! I grew out m. Gordonae in the past and was not treated. Please review the link below. They will observe you, treat if symptomatic; it is often a contaminant. https://www.nationaljewish.org/conditions/ntm-nontuberculous-mycobacteria/ntm …

1 week ago

KarenU

KarenUasked the question: Has anyone been diagnosed with mycobacterium gordonae?

After a year of bronchiectasis, I've finally had a sputum culture positive for mycobacterium gordonae . Has anyone been treated for this? If yes, what drugs, what length of time, and what results. Thanks,

2 weeks ago

Ksmiles123

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2 weeks ago

Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123

Hello! A list of mock tails below for those on the big 3 or for others who do not consume alcoholic beverages. https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/how-to/g785/best-mocktail-recipes/

2 weeks ago

sandiebrown7

sandiebrown7

Happy New Year to all ! I am a MAC patient , and have been delighted to find all the information here on this site. It is so important for all of us to know we are not alone on this journey. I live in the Cleveland Ohio area, and have one treatment with the BIG 3 behind me, unfortunately they are thinking I have another active infection, waiting on a CT scan in a day or two, then will be able to see more clearly what my near future holds ...am so hoping I don't have to go back on the meds, but certainly will if I must...had a positive culture, but will have to wait for results from the scan. Glad to have found this site, and thanks in advance for your compassion, makes such a difference to know others care! 

2 weeks ago

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  • Ksmiles123I still believe in miracles!  My reoccurrence was after 2.5 years as well.  Wishing you the best on Wednesday; looking forward to hearing from you.2 weeks ago
  • ksuzanneWelcome Sandibrown, from another northeast ohio resident. I got sick the first year i moved to this area also. I dont have an ntm dx but i am sorry to hear you may be facing another round of treatment. it is good you are under the care of a doc that is experienced with mac even though he is new for you. Anyway, wish you luck with the scan results and you can nip this thing in the bud if necessary. Pun intended!1 week ago
  • Ksmiles123I like your pun...:), we need some humor or we would have more challenges while dealing with a chronic disorder.1 week ago
Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123

Hello! Let’s get off to a better start of the new year with some stress management tips:), https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/relieve-stress-fast#manage-stress-in-minutes-or-less

2 weeks ago

ksuzanne

ksuzanne

Wishing everyone a great New Year!. I myself am glad 2019 is over--out with the old and in with the new!

2 weeks ago

Made Pramana

Made Pramana

Happy new year 2020! So thankful to be here. Wishing you all the best.

2 weeks ago

Kandy

Kandy

Happy New Year Everyone!  Not watching Dick Clark station decided I do not know any of that entertainment so switched to NBC New Years Eve entertainment. Those I know.  Have a good one everyone!!!

2 weeks ago

KK

KK

Hi everyone healthy NewYear.  Island Girl yes no alcohol with the big three. Be safe with the drugs  kk 

2 weeks ago

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