I posted here a few weeks ago about wondering whether to query the possibility of bronchiectasis with the G.P. And thought I’d post an update.
Since then I ended up with another infection (I’d only finished a two week course of oxytetracycline less than 2 weeks before this). Went back today as I’d just finished a week long course of doxycycline and wasn’t sure if I was better or not. The G.P. I saw said that the last sputum test (the one that initiated the doxycycline) showed that I was infected with two bacteria (haemaphilus parainfluenzae and moraxella catarrhalis). He said my lungs were still bubbling a little but that he didn’t want to just prescribe another lot of antibiotics without getting to the bottom of why someone like me should be getting these kind of infections (45 non smoker, and apart from the asthma, relatively healthy). So I took the opportunity to tell him all about my chronic productive cough and how I was wondering about bronchiectasis, and he agreed that that was a possibility and that I should be seeing a specialist as something was going on other than the asthma. He said I needed to have a few routine investigations done before referral. So to start with an X-ray and routine blood tests. It’s slightly complicated here in that I live on a small island and we don’t have a resident GP, just a rota of a regular GPs supplemented with locums who stay for a week or two at a time. So I’m probably going to have to explain myself a few times before I actually get a referral, but at least this was a positive visit. So thanks for the advice given here which gave me the courage to voice my concerns.