CT reports progressive bronchiectasis: Help me understand
Hello, I just received my first CT report with a new doctor that I feel much more happy with. They labeled my recent CT as progressive bronchiectasis. And said it has progressed quite a bit since 2017. Is that normal or should I be anxious? My old doctors said I was assymptomatic and so did not need to be treated. But then why did it progress? Thank you!
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Oh yes, how many times have we said here that you must be your own best advocate? This is a terrific example. Glad you found it and they fixed it before something bad happened.
I'm sorry that you experienced that but glad you found it! Good advice!
So clear a response, thank you Sue. Hauoli
Beatrix, every Forum Friend is sharing good advice…and do feel your angst. My only additional though is this…”be original…think out side of the western Medical paradigm of disease. Only because you know your body at different levels…those a CT scan do not image…and blood work can deceive. If you feel inflammation is a red flag in this situation…doctors treat that and see that with other eyes. Perhaps you yourself stepping back and reviewing what if anything is different in your physical lifestyle from months/year past…information to help your team of experts see the total picture. Medicine seems to work with set ranges (black & white) and the best doctors are the best because they work in real partnership with the patient…listening…considering…and applying all that involves the care of person.
The words “mild” to “severe” incite fear. Asking about “course of care” is a simple statement that makes you the active participant.
Best of luck with the upcoming appointment. Reach out as much as necessary….this group is gold.
Thank you, Regina! Very wise advice!
Sometimes when I get tired or fall asleep in day when I check oxygen it is as low as 91 92 right fingers are usually worse then left? I have been falling a sleep in day which is unusual for me
That is borderline O2 for daytime. What therapies do you use to improve your breathing?
It is probably time to consult your pulmonologist for additional strategies. If one hand has significantly lower O2 readings consistently, you may need to be checked for circulatory issues as well.