After many months of coughing - CT chest scan shows bronchiectasis
I am so glad I found this forum. I am a little numb. I am 62 and always been very healthy and active, no lung or other issues. Nine months ago I got flu-like symptoms after taking care of my grandkids who had RSV and ear infection. I was traveling and an acute care office said x-ray did not appear to be pneumonia but I was feeling so bad and coughing so they treated me with antibiotics. I recovered nicely after that but have had daily coughing (mostly with lying down) several URIs with bad coughing, body aches ranging from every day to a day or two a week and low grade fevers. Once a month I was getting bad body aches and 101 fever for a couple of days so I consulted my GP in November who immediately referred me to a pulmonologist. Long story short, I could not get an appointment for two months (and that was with the nurse practitioner), had a normal pulmonary function test, got Covid when it was time to see the pulmonologist (no symptoms) and could not get another appointment for three months! Finally saw her in April and she recommended a chest CT scan which was done mid April and I just had my appointment to discuss results (with the nurse practitioner, NOT the doctor). Impression: Bilateral basilar and right middle lobe reticulomodular opactities and brochiectasis. The nurse practitioner did not give me the impression this was a permanent, irreversible condition (I had to find that out on the internet) and now I am scheduled for a bronchoscopy with BAL day after tomorrow (my pulmonologist's partner is going to perform it because she is out of town). Obviously I am going to get a second opinion (I have contacted National Jewish Health in Denver for a July appointment since I will be in Colorado this summer) but I'm fretting about the bronchoscopy and lavage. I know they are routine and I want it done as soon as possible but does it matter who performs them? I was also referred to a rheumatologist for the aching and fevers and he tried a high dose prednisone taper (18 days) and I have felt wonderful the whole time I was on it – no aches, no fevers, great energy and coughing got better but still a little coughing when lying down. I finished the taper yesterday. Sorry for the long post, just trying to get my head wrapped around this.