Hey everyone, first post here.
I have had mild bronchiectasis since I was around 16 (16 years ago) when I had pneumonia. Since then I have managed pretty well with just 15-20 postural drainage every night, and around 1 infection a year that clears up quickly with antibiotics. However this year has been quite bad. I got an infection back in March while away at a conference and it took me a few days to get antibiotics. This time they were not very effective, neither were the second course (higher dose, longer duration). I then went to my specialist who grew serratia from my sputum, and put me on a 30 course of antibiotic specific to that bug, then azithromycin 3 days a week after that to prevent flare ups. However ever since then (past 2 months or so) I feel like I've never made it back to being back to normal. If I don't do my drainage 3-4 times a day I start getting bad (green sputum etc) and now I have been waking up in the middle of the night with a tight chest and wheezing (feels like asthma, but never had before). This part seems to be getting worse and I've never experienced anything like it before. Albuterol helps for about an hour, then it returns. I'm worried that this is the new "normal" after the past few months of lung damage. I've got a specialist appointment on Monday so I hope he has a good plan for getting be better. Has anyone else experienced something similar?