If you have bronchiectasis, how was it diagnosed? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Dgelle, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 06

My diagnosis began in spring 2012 with a persistent cough that seemed to never be helped. I began losing weight, and by fall had two bouts of pneumonia. I was still coughing very hard, felt a sharp pain in my left side which was finally identified as enlarged spleen along with hemolytic anemia leading to diagnosis of splenic marginal zone B cell stage four lymphoma. After successful chemotherapy and remission of the cancer in fall of 2013, I thought I was on road to being ok. But the horrid cough came back. I was sent to a pulmonologist who diagnosed bronchiectasis. Then with further digging through medical records discovered I had hypogammaglobulinemia in fall of 2014. Very low IgG and IgA. They started infusions to get my levels up. I had two sessions of acute exacerbations. I was given more antibiotics, prednisone, etc. I began using Symbicort for shortness of breath. It has helped with the breathlessness. All has been pretty ok since then. I do lots of yoga and breathing exercises. I am using the Symbicort inhaler every day but have just gotten through the flu. Now shortness of breath is back somewhat. Bronchiectasis seems to be no longer a huge problem!

Comment from: brownie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

First, I have seasonal allergies, which get worse in the fall. In August 2010, I was treated with antibiotics for coughing up yellow/brown mucus which had specks of blood. The antibiotics cleared the problem up. I had the Flu this year, which put me in bed for 10 days. This September I started with the yellow/brown mucus, again with blood specks, more than before. I was planning surgery and my doctor sent me for a CT of the chest, which showed "Mild diffuse bronchiectasis without suspicious intraluminal lesions." I am a retired firefighter, after 31.5 years, and I don't smoke. My guess is that the damage was done during my time as a firefighter. I have an appointment with a pulmonary doctor next month, as the ENT doctor that treated it the first time says that they don't treat lung problems. Well folks, I'll let you know how things turn out.

Comment from: Wendy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had flu and then pneumonia. I also have chronic fatigue syndrome and post viral syndrome as a result of the initial flu. I am on doxycycline for the next week for right sided chest pain caused by bronchiectasis.

Comment from: Skatscat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had bronchitis and the doctor asked how long it had been since I had had a chest x-ray. It was at least 25 to 30 years, so he took an x-ray. I was sent very soon after to a pulmonologist!

Comment from: MT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had recurrent lung infections all my life. In my 30s, I could not get rid of an infection so they did a CT scan and bronchoscopy.


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