I have just posted this to asthma UK so apologies for anyone reading it twice!
Hi everyone! I hope you are all well.
I have suffered with persistent chest infections for the last 3 winters, just entering the 4th. I have suspected bronchiectasis for 3 years as I seem to have all of the symptoms.
I've finally had a ct scan followed by a phone appointment where the respiratory cons said there is damage in my lungs but it is not bronchiectasis. I think she said the damage was in the larger airways rather than the small. I also had a 14mm nodule so had another scan 3 months later. Still not had results for this as appointment keeps getting moved. I'm due lung function test results in the same app.
I went to my first respiratory physio appointment at the weekend as consultant said my constant "band around the chest feeling" I describe may be bad habits with my breathing post infections. After giving all my history to the physio, she is convinced I have bronchiectasis and that is how she is treating me.
I just wondered if anyone has had a diagnosis of bronchiectasis without a ct scan backing it? She said it may show up later on. So does that mean it is mild? I just always thought the only way to diagnose was with a ct scan.
Can anyone help with my confusion?
Thanks for reading.