Happy 2017 everyone!
I seem to still be struggling to know when I'm infected as am tired a lot of time and lethargic anyway.
My particular questions, I'd so love to hear your opinions on are:
1. Does a stronger taste in phlegm suggest infection ( I feel it seems to with me but I don't necessarily have more phlegm or green)?
2. Can you be infected without having more phlegm ( again I feel I have been)
3. Am still confused re the sputum tests results as even it says the bacterial level is high and needs antibiotics, the GP will always ask how you feel. Have been told that is important. I'd have thought that if the sputum test is "positive" and you feel ok, you'd still need antibiotics to protect lungs ( having said that I usually don't feel well when a negative result..but some times worse than others).
4. Have had different advice from medical profession re taking antibiotics. Some say ...hit hard straight away if infection suspected....others say ..be sure of infection before taking antibiotics!
There's a lot of questions here but I'd be so grateful for any replies to any of the points. I keep aiming to reach a point where I feel more in control at managing bronchiectasis but can't seem to achieve that. Was diagnosed 3 years ago and the 1st year was ok but last 2, have a stream of infections. Aren't nebulising as was told , due to a lot of throat problems, it would aggravate it and flutter pipe hurts my ear ( have a dysfunctional eustacian tube).... but think I'm reasonably ok at physio.
Thanks for reading this and love to you all xx