Hello, I'm new on this particular topic but not new to this site (if that makes sense) anyway, I've been suffering from what now (seems) to be bronchiectasis. I've noticed there's a lot of you on here with the same thing and thought who else best to ask for advice but you guys.
Suffered for a few years now with reoccurring chest infections (or so they thought) It always starts the same....first I loose my voice, very hoarse, then I start to cough up very very nasty green phlegm, pains in shoulders and back (presumably lung pain) sweating profusely, extreme weakness and unable to walk very much, and this can go on for as long as 8 months, doctors just keep throwing antibiotics at me (not literally)
Then one clever GP made me do a sputum test and it came back Strep Pneumoniae positive, so I thought I was getting somewhere, but no, no one questioned why a 39 year old non smoker was getting these problems and after 8 months of antibiotics/steriods it eventually went (still exhausted though) in May this year.....BUT I knew it would be back around September, I just knew it, and it came back on the 1st of October full throttle, so I've been poorly 6 days so far.
A GP gave me amox antibiotics (probably a waste of time) but I'm taking them obviously, but if it wasn't for me having a turn for the worse last night and having a trip to the hospital, then THIS wouldn't have happened......I saw the hospital emergency doctor whom I happen to have seen before for the same at Xmas, she remembered me and couldn't believe I was still suffering/hadn't been referred to a chest specialst/hadn't been asked for a septum sample etc.
Anyway she did a thorough exam/listened to my rattling chest and asked how I'd managed to pick up Strep Pneumoniae last time (I've no idea) and then said "I think it's Bronchiectasis....I'm writing to your GP surgery now to get you referred to a chest specialist right away and to tell them I want a sputum sample and a follow up appointment" she also said she wanted to help me (imagine how nice that felt)
So, that's where I'm at, haven't got a diagnosis but think I'm pretty near now, I'm obviously scared like all of you will have been/are, but because I'm so poorly lately I already knew I had something 'not nice' so it's not a shock.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my rambellings! Any advice, words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Candi