(MAC/MAI) MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE/BRONCHIECTASIS

Posted by Katherine, Alumni Mentor @katemn, Nov 21, 2011

I am new to Mayo online .. I was hoping to find others with .. MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) and/or BRONCHIECTASIS. I found only 1 thread on mycobacterium accidently under the catagory “Lungs”. I’m hoping by starting a subject matter directly related to MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) I may find others out there!

I was diagnosed by a sputum culture August 2007 (but the culture result was accidentally misfiled until 2008!) with MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) and BRONCHIECTASIS. I am now on 5 antibiotics. Working with Dr. Timothy Aksamit at Rochester Mayo Clinic .. he is a saint to have put up with me this long! I was terrified of the treatment . started the first antibiotic September 3, 2011 … am now on all 5 antibiotics for 18 mos to 2 years. Am delighted at the very bearable side effects!

I wrote on the 1 thread I found: If you google NON-TUBERCULOUS MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) you will learn a LOT about the disease. But PLEASE do NOT get scared about all the things you read .. that is what I did and nearly refused to do the treatment until after a 2nd Micomacterium was discovered! Educate yourself for “due diligence” .. but take it all with a grain of salt .. you are NOT necessarily going to have all the terrible side effects of the antibiotics! Good luck to you!

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January 2017 Update

One of our great Connect Members .. @Paula_MAC2007  .. had a wonderfully helpful idea that I wanted to share! Her idea .. as you read through the pages to gather information on our shared disease of MAC you can develop a personal “file cabinet” for future reference without the necessity of reading all the pages again!

If you have the “MS Word” program on your computer:

  1. Document Title Example:  Mayo Clinic Connect MAI/MAC Information
  2. Then develop different categories that make sense to you such as:  Heath Aids .. Videos .. Healthy Living .. Positive Thinking .. Baseline Testing and Regular Testing .. Antibiotics ..
    Tips for
  3. As you read the pages .. copy/paste/save things of interest into that MS Word document under your preferred categories for future reference.

Then as you want to refer back to something in the future .. YEAH!  You have now created your own personal “file cabinet” on MAC/MAI!  Go to it!

KateMN

@windy935 Unsubscribe does exist. Only that it is not called unsubscribe. If you following every step in my post, you should be able to stop the emails from coming to your Inbox:
1. Log into the website. Make sure you are logged in. Otherwise you will not see anything that I’m describing below.
2. Hover over the icon with a down arrow that is located near the top of the browser next to REQUEST APPOINTMENT. Select My Profile.
3. Go down to the section that says Email Notifications. Find the group that you wish for the emails to stop. Click on the down arrow to the right of the group name. If you are receiving emails from this group, you should see words like “Email me when new post appear…..” before clicking the down arrow.
4. Once you click the down arrow, you have two options. If you don’t want to see any email from this group at all, you selelct “Unfollow. Do not notify me about this anymore”. If you still want to keep an eye on what is going on but don’t want to see emails about every single post, you can select “Include messages in my email digest only”. The latter will only send you emails that contain digest of postings which you can choose to go online to read or ignore. If you select this option, you’ll only get one email a day at the most.

Hope this helps.

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windy935, I am in the same boat. My lung function has steadily declined year after year. My graph looks like a totally deflated sail ona sailboat. I live at sealevel in S.C. but presently am visiting Tucson, Az. The altitude is def affecting me. I am extremely short winded and cannot walk very far. Maybe 20 ft then I am huffing and puffing.

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windwalker oh boy!  You should come back home! I would think the dry air in Arizona would have been good for you. Nicole

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@nick52, So far, my trip has sucked royally. I developed mouth pain two days before departure, (I should have stayed home, thought it would pass), then, by the time I reached Oklahoma, the pain was so unbearable that I went to a dentist. He said he could not figure out which tooth it was so he sent me to an endodontist. That dr said I had a disolving tooth under a crown and that it needed to come out; but I’d need an oral surgeon. So, I get to Tucson and see a friend’s dentist who took the word of tje endodontist and yanked out my molar, crown and all! Then he says, it vould be TMJ. That was last Thursday. My mouth still hurts as badly as it did before the tooth was pulled. So, now I think it was pulled for nothing and it was TMJ all along. I have been getting by on hydrocodone and 600 mg ibuprophen. I have not enjoyed a single day of my vacation. Am sending my husband along alone for the next week. I am not able to continue our trip. The combined issues of mouth and breathing….I just want to go home!

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@suzylulu

Hi Mariah, so sorry to hear about the lung decline. Are you on any medicines now?

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@windy935 , I often wonder about how much age has a factor in my slowing down. I know that I am below the average for my age group.

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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I am sooo sorry about your mouth. As someone who endured years of teeth issues and now have a mouthful of pricey and problematic implants, I can only imagine how miserable you are feeling! Sending you prayers and positive thoughts!

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windwalker ohhhhhhhhnooooooo unbelievable. Welcome to the TMJ club. I have a good oral surgeon but he live in Portland Maine. I had a major problem in 1985 and 1986. You should have come to Largo Florida to visit me instead lol! I would like to share with you my TMJ experience ( a real night mare lol to find a competent surgeon) if you are interested. Give me a call! Try to do long session of relaxation in the mean time you get home. You can try ice (if it doesn’t help try the heating pad with humidity on your TMJ. 15 min at a time every 2h. Make sure you do relaxation also! With all my love and prayers. Stay positive do not put doubts in your mind only good vibes!

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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Oh no @windwalker, tooth pain is horrible, I hope you feel better soon.. When I was on holiday I was eating a pizza and bit full force on back teeth, on a olive stone, I froze bottles of water and held them on my face which helped alot. Ended up needing a crown but the ice helped while away.

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windwalker, Terri, I’m so sorry about your mouth. And to be on vacation and it all happen then. I hope you heal quickly. Nan

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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So I was just thinking if you don’t get relief soon you might want to go back to whoever pulled the tooth and have him/her pack it with medicine in case you are dealing with a dry socket! ( hope that is not the case though)

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windwalker Gosh, Terri. What’s happened to you is so horrible. It’s so unfair this had to happen when you are on vacation. Can’t believe they just pulled your tooth without getting a proper diagnosis. Hope you can find a good doctor to treat the problem with your mouth. With what’s going on with your lungs, you don’t need the added pain and suffering.

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windwalker….ohhhh so sorry you have had to go thru this. I have been diagnosed with something called myofascial pain dysfunction /syndrome. First became known when JoHN Kennedy’s physician Janet Travell determined he had it in his back. It can occur anywhere in body that has muscles. I was diagnosed with it in my jaw 35 years ago. Usually keep it in control with bite splint at night and a muscle relaxant. Tdrell

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@windwalker, So sorry to hear about the bumps in the road on your trip. Please take care of yourself.
Don’t worry about the group, even though I know you will. Everyone will keep their eyes out for new members and questions that people post. I promise you no query or worry will go unanswered. Put your energies on you. Hope the mouth troubles get resolved asap. Colleen

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@nannette , Thanks Nan. I am finally starting to mend and the pain retreating.

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@windy935

My name is Mariah and I have lived with myobacterium avian and bronchiectasis since 2011–and probably a number of years before then. As some have noted, it was a constant cough that took me to my internal medicine doctor who sent me for a lung x-ray. She thought it was pneumonia and so I started on 10 days of an antibiotic. The x-ray was repeated in 6 weeks–no change. So I had an MRI–I was afraid it might be lung cancer, but my internist assured me that the findings did not fit that of lung cancer. My pulmonologist reviewed the various treatments for MAC and I decided to wait. But, after a year and the symptoms becoming worse I started on the 15 month 3-drug regimen to which I was very faithful although I disliked some of the side effects.

I am now living with bronchiectasis and have seen lung function decline although the tests seem to reveal I am doing okay. Last summer we visited Yosemite and Sequoia. The elevation was very difficult for me–the first time that has occurred. I know my tolerance for exercise is much less, but I persist in walking daily, yoga, etc.

I am happy to be in touch with others who have MAC and know it occurs more in women than in men.

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@tdrell, Hi Terri. Well, I have never heard of what you have, will have to look that up. It is assumed that I have TMJ and I am receiving the same treatment as you. Was put on flexiril and my mouthguard should be ready on Monday. Bought an over the counter one to hold me over. This pain has been horrific. It went into my right ear as well. Sheesh!

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