Hi everyone, I am 31 and was diagnosed with bronchiectasis in august 2012. It followed a 2 year period of having chest infections that wouldn't quite go away. At first they thought it was asthma but after trying inhalers and peak flow tests it showed that was not the case. I then had spirometery tests done and a ct scan which showed bronchiectasis. I saw the consultant once and was discharged. I then proceeded to get chest infections again and was sent back to the consultant (I have a different consultant this time round). I saw him at Christmas and he recommended physio and to see an ENT specialist. Since the middle of february I have had 4 chest infections, all of which have been Haemophilus Influenzae. I get an infection, have 2 weeks of amoxicillin (500 3 x a day) and then about 12 days after finishing the antibiotics I start to go down hill again. The first 3 infections my syptoms stopped after a week or so, i stopped coughing and no mucus was coming up at all. The most recent infection (still H.I) has been different. I had a really sore throat and very runny nose (not had this before with previous infections) to begin with then the thick sticky green mucus started (apologies for the detail!). By then end of 2 weeks of amoxicillin the colour had changed to a light yellow but it was still there, 3- 4 times a day where as previously the mucus would stop completely and only come back 12 days later when I went down hill again. So now i'm about 10 days post amoxicillin and it's starting all over again, mucus is now more green and thicker and when I cough I have an unpleasant taste. I handed in a sputum sample yesterday and I doubt i'll hear back until after the bank holiday.
I just really do not know what to do now. I saw the ENT specialist who is doing a scan of my sinuses but he didn't think there was a problem with my nose/throat but would do the scan just to rule that out. I don't see my consultant until June and I am really worried about what is going on and if my bronchiectasis is getting worse as 4 infections (possibly 5 if I have one now) since february isn't very good. I worry about what damage is being done. I am assuming that the results of the sputum sample will come back with H.I again. I had a telephone conversation with my consultant and he suggested a different antibiotic if it came back. I just wanted to know if anyone else suffers with H.I and how you get rid of it? In terms of my bronchiectasis I do daily physio and that's it. I take antibiotics when I get an infection only. I really need some help as it just doesn't seem to go away, it seems that the amoxicillin just isn't strong enough to get rid of it for good. I am just so desperate to feel well again, I have 2 children 7 and 5 and I just want to get on top of this illness. I've checked out BRUS and most people seem to get to a point where they are fairly stable with this condition but i'm just not getting there and I'm really worried any help is gratefully recieved. Thank you and sorry for the long post!