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Acute mycobacterium infection

I have bronchiectasis and the above infection so I have been permanently on antibiotics for the last three and a half years. Unfortunately I have been suffering from palpitations lately which I think are caused by the medication but my GP is investigating other causes. My specialist says there are very few, if any other antibiotics I can take now which will help with the infection. Is anyone else in the same boat?

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Dear Helenamay

Firstly, welcome to our friendly site. So sorry to hear of the problems you are having. I have bronchiectasis and was investigated for mycobacterium a couple of years ago but was lucky as I did not have it. If there is anyone who has been treated for mycobacterium I am sure they will post to share their experiences.

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Thank you. At first the doc thought it was a tumour so at least it wasn't that but it has been a pain and a worry.

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That is putting your situation mildly - freefaller suggestion is a good one and I hope you can be referred to one.

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Have you thought/asked about seeing a consultant immunologist? I still have my HIB infection and if this lot of antibiotics don't clear it up then that is what i am going to see if I can do.

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No I haven't thought of that, so thank you for the suggestion.

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Consultant immunologists are few and far between think there are only 6 in the country and only one in the whole of Wales where I live so if this lot doesn't work will make a private appointment to see him.

Xoxoxoxo

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Thank you - is the consultant immunologist in Cardiff? I live in Rhymney - in the valleys.

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Thank you for replying. I am on Rifinah and Ethambutol but it has been three and a half years. I have permanent pins and needles which is a side effect, I have been told. Unfortunately my infection must be severe as the NHS consultant has said I will be on them for life.

Yes, I did have a bronchoscopy, that's how they knew it wasn't TB but bronchiectasis and this nasty, flipping infection and it was suggested I needed IVF antibiotics but my consultant decided against that. However I am going to see another consultant privately as I have not had a scan for 18 months. I am knackered too!

It has been good to hear from someone who knows how tiring it all is.

Many thanks again for taking the time to reply.

Kay

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