hi Carol. Your questions are difficult to answer because I have had bronch since I was tiny,diagnosed at three and am now 67. I was taught how to manage it from an early age and don't dwell on my symptoms. I just get on with it and use my docs to make sure that I get the best antibiotic treatments etc. I also have reflux and developed atrial fibrillation and dilated cardiomyopathy four years ago ( not due to my bronch). Everything is controlled by drugs and I lead a full life. Of course you can have other conditions which run alongside bronch and need to be treated but the most important thing is that the bronch itself is brought under control.
We are all different which is why you need a REAL bronchiectasis specialist and a programme of treatment and self management. All of this talk of carbosysteine and drinking water is more appropriate to COPD symptoms and their problems when they get infections. We are very different.
The fact that you have to ask me what antibiotic therapy bronchs have makes me think that you have never had proper treatment or discussion of proper treatment with a good consultant. Otherwise you would know most of it. There are too many combinations for me to go into it on thus forum. It depends on what is best at the time. I must say Carol that this kind of neglect makes me very angry on your behalf. Especially as you are coping with emphysemia as well. It is a disgrace that this is still happening. I have been fighting for better diagnosis and treatment for bronch all of my life.
I don t know Yorkshire very well but I do know that there are excellent bronch centres in Liverpool, Newcastle on Tyne and Leicester. I go to Anita Sullivan at the QE in Bham. Hopefully another bronch may see this and may know of a centre near you. You have the right to be referred to any centre where you can get the right treatment. And you are not getting it now.
Im sorry to be pedantic but I do care so much that you are having such a miserable time and being messed about by medics when with the right treatment life could be so much better. Unfortunately it is up to you to use your GP to get to the right consultant. I only wish I were there to do that for you.