Hi I'm new here! My names Paul, I'm 33 and was diagnosed with bronchiectasis on Tuesday evening but I may not be able to see my respiratory specialist until next March. I had whooping cough for years when I was a kid, and they think this might be the reason for the distention of my airways. I get 3-4 chest infections per year, some of which knock me out for days, and I have been a smoker since I was 16 which I am desperately trying to give up. Unfortunately, the stress of the diagnosis has meant this has been particularly hard, but I know that it's the worst idea.
Over the summer I feel like there's no problem, there's not a great deal of mucus production, but it's when the weather hits hard that I start to produce more than I can get up and in places it won't come up from, and there are pleuretic symptoms and sometimes I have ended up in hospital from the chest pain.
I've bought a Aerobika from America to help keep my lungs clear, and take a daily course of vitamin D, echinacea, magnesium and garlic tablets to try and keep my immune system good, and so far this year it seems to be working quite well! Mid-November and no sign of an infection yet, but I can definitely feel the mucus building up. My Aerobika won't arrive for a few weeks though so I'm hoping I can hold it off for a bit!
Anyway, I thought I would say hello! It's both a relief and super scary to get the diagnosis, and I haven't been able to focus that well this week for thinking about it, but it's nice to know this forum exists