I have been diagnosed with 'mild bronchietasis' - I would hate to think what moderate or severe is like given my symptoms. Excessive sticky mucus which is so difficult to shift without doing huffing, postural drainage, physio (hubby does this thankfully) and take my meds. I have recently started with nebuliser saline 9% solution which helps to moisten lungs - I think it helps. Helps with my postnatal drip problem for which I have recently been put on steriod nasal spray. Life long asthmatic so on 500 Seratide for years now. I have a number of other conditions which I take medication for but the above cause me the most daily problems. I had severe chest infections which lead to pneumonia in 2008 after which my lungs changed. Regretably I did not know that I had bronchiectasis until an asthma nurse on the Isle of Skye suggested that my symptoms sounded like Bronchiectasis. I now understand that I need to keep my lungs clear to avoid infection setting in but it is such a daily battle to do so. I have been on amoxicillin twice in past 2 months. Now GP suggesting I take long term antibiotics but is seeking advice from consultant because my ECG is just under 'normal' and a possible side effects of this drug can affect the heart.
Why am I posting - well I have been helped by reading others posts that I thought I would share something of my own experience but also wanted to know if anyone has more info / experience of side effects from taking long term antibiotics?
Thanks for reading. if you have similar problems and want to ask any questions about my experience I am happy to reply. the more we share the more we learn. We have to put our trust in the medics who care for us (some better than others) but learning from each other ensures that we are better informed and able to advocate more for our selves.