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Any positive stories/tips on successfully managing m. abscesses with bronchiectasis?

Rplaset, Hello! I am so glad to read that you have a plan in place. Knowledge, knowing the steps needed to be taken lessen the angst when dealing with a new diagnosis. I am so glad that your wife was diagnosed early. In the interim, Please ask any …

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What is pseudomonas? Has anyone experienced pseudomonas? If so, what was the treatment?

I was diagnosed with pseudomonas a few months ago & had a hard time getting it resolved. They had to change antibiotics a few times.

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Bronchietasis and Nails

Anyone experiencing nail bed problems and losing fingernails. My experience is I started getting artificial nails in October or December of 2017. I've always had beautiful nails, but I got gel nails and the last lady that removed them, damaged my nails. …

Author: liyahslola
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Has anyone else found out that they have low levels of CD8 killer T-cells?

My immunologist discovered through blood tests that I have very low levels of CD8 killer T-cells. He says in about a decade they may be able to correct this genetic defect. This may be a piece of the puzzle why I have bronchiectasis and a history of …

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False negative?

Has anyone had a negative culture for MAC in between 2 positive cultures. Makes me wonder if there are false negatives.

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Multiple ntm infections from single sample and bronchiectasis

I'm newly diagnosed with Bronchiectasis and as part of the follow up I was tested for TB/NTM, this has shown negative for TB but I've been found to have 3 different NTM infections which were all discovered from a single sputum afb smear/culture, is this …

Author: Annie70
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How do others clean their nebulizer cups?

Medicare switched me to Lincare as my service provider for nebulizer equipment. When a new compressor and cups were delivered I was given directions for use. The provider told me that Lincare believes that washing the nebulizer cups with soap is to be …

Author: Margo
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Steroid therapy for exacerbation of NTM

My physician orders high doses of Prednisone when I have an exacerbation Is this recommended?

Author: Barb W
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Been to National Jewish in Denver

After being off treatment for MAC with bronchiectasis for 3 months my sputum cultures are positive once again. My doc is referring me to National Jewish in Denver for assessment and treatment plan. If you've been can you share your experience so I'll …

Author: KC
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How Do you clean your clearance equipment?

Rich the acapella can be cleaned. Its in this video a ways.. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1NDCM_enUS783U...

Author: Gretchen
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Has anyone ever been cured from Mycobacterium abscessus and chelanae?

I have been diagnosed with Mycobacterium abcessus and Mycobacterium chelanae. Has anyone ever been cured from this? Does anyone know what life expectancy is? I am only 51 years old.

Author: Serrieann1
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Saline Solution Therapy?

Does anyone have experience with Saline Solution Therapy? If so, how often do you do it? Is it on a daily basis? Have you had any positive or adverse effects?

Author: Gretchen
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What are your side effects? Do you take probiotics?

I am new to lung disease although I’ve had a chronic cough and trouble breathing for two decades. Never saw anybody for it because I was once told it was all from anxiety . January 2015 I decided I should get it checked out and after much testing & many …

Author: teaberry
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Who uses Mucomyst? Please share experiences, thanks.

I used it for some years its strong and smells awful but it does the trick. I had the 2.0 I do believe. Some ppl it maybe to strong and really irritate the airways. Now I have hypertonic saline much better than this. There is a supplement that does the …

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Gerd and chronic NTM

How should GERD be diagnosed especially if it may be silent? And what kind of treatment is there? i.e. how aggressive should one be in persuing treatment in an effort to eradicate chronic NTM not eliminated by multiple courses of antibiotics

Author: Barb D
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colistin and insurance problems

My doctor is recommending that I try colistin inhaled. My insurance will not cover and my 6 months of treatment will cost around $25,000. The doctor's request for an exemption was denied so the cost will be totally out of pocket. Has anyone else had a …

Author: Bmblebee
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Anyone ever used suction machine at home to get rid of mucus?

Anyone ever used suction machine at home to get rid of mucus? I produce a lot of mucus most of time. It takes time to do nebulizer with saline, coughing out stuff. Would it be much fast to use suction machine? Just want to get your opinions and …

Author: Yan
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NTM Treatment

It is appearing more and more likely that MAI treatment is necessary and can no longer be avoided. How is it administered? Are these pills taken at home or an intravenous application? How often if intravenous? Or is it different for each individual?

Author: Wendy
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How do you handle public coughing and spitting?

I cough and spit out mucus a lot. Sometimes this will happen when I'm out, say in a store or restaurant. I try to cough/spit into a tissue as discreetly as possible, but it is pretty gross. Any suggestions?

Author: shardan1
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Are any of you taking the Big 3 medications now? Are you able to tolerate them? If not, what are the

Adverse effects of the 3 major NTM antibiotics.

Author: Gretchen
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Cause(s) of Bronchiectasis

Does anyone know what causes Bronchiectasis? Also interested in hearing diagnosis experiences (i.e. did your doctor tell you how you got Bronchiectasis?) if anyone is willing to share. Thanks!

Author: Delia
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What is the best way to get results from a nebulizer, using 7% hypertonic saline solution?

Bob I tried to get my pulmo to give me the Tobramycin but all he said its expensive and your insurance wont pay for it so he gave me zpak to take 3 times a week.

Author: jancookz
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Is anyone on PPI for GERD problems?

After taking Nexium (PPI that blocks all acid) for over 3 years, due to problems with the antibiotics for NTM, I read that PPI's cause bacteria to go into the lungs. Don't need more of that! So now I am going cold turkey, with no Nexium for the past 3 …

Author: jancookz
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Please help!!!!

Does anyone happen to have a list of pulmonologist's that specialize in Non-cf cystic Bronchiectasis in infants and pediatrics in the United States?? I am battling our insurance company over a denial for her to travel from Texas to Colorado for 10 day …

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NTM MAI and the bird connection

Hi - found out recently that there is a connection with NTM MAI and living with birds - has anyone been told this by a doctor, I saw a new pcp and he was stunned to learn that I was living in a house with a bird (amazon) - I was stunned that no one ever …

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