(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

@suttonmac2009

I started with 500 mg (each) of Clarithromycin twice a day and 400 mg(each) of Ethembutol twice a day. Then when I was tested negative for MAC after about 5 yrs, they reduced meds to 3 days a week for a year

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Distilled water from the store.

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@ginak

Hi all, I haven’t been receiving any emails lately and thought I somehow removed it. Perhaps no one has been posting that much any more. Just checking in to be sure I’m still connected.
Thanks
Gina K

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What is Nebulizer?

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@maryjo2sell

Hi Terri- Just hard to find time to do everything lately. Seems by the time you do the nebulizer an hour has gone by. I do the laundry, shop for groceries, clean the house, take care of my grand daughter and clear the lungs about 2PM. Pretty much ends the day except for dinner and dishes.
Far as fungus, had a couple colonies of exophiala, had the streptococcus and haemophilus influenzae. It seems that the strep and the influenza have a tendency to go together. Since that time, I took doxy, levoquin and keflex so something knocked them out because they did not show up in the next sputum sample.
I read my oxygen level before going to bed and if it is below 95% i use the oxygen for awhile. I have to admit it does help me sleep better. So far I have not had to have a nighttime reader.
Just rereading your post and see you had mentioned the “exophaila”. The doctor also did not mention it to me but It did not show up again so probably killed it with ABX. I would figure they do not want to freak us out too much by mentioning that we also have a “black fungus” growing in our lungs! Especially if they feel the ABX will knock it out. They cultured the mycobacterium and it did not grow, so that was great news.
At the moment, feeling pretty good. I am like you though, waiting for the humidity and heat to go down. Being outside in it is difficult on the breathing.
Love the air conditioning!!!!
Fondly, Mary Jo

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@nick52 Hey fellow Floridian…I live in Palm Harbor!

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@ginak

Hi all, I haven’t been receiving any emails lately and thought I somehow removed it. Perhaps no one has been posting that much any more. Just checking in to be sure I’m still connected.
Thanks
Gina K

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@nick52 Take a look at this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebulizer
Your pulmonary doctor should be able to prescribe one for you if you need it.

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@suttonmac2009

I started with 500 mg (each) of Clarithromycin twice a day and 400 mg(each) of Ethembutol twice a day. Then when I was tested negative for MAC after about 5 yrs, they reduced meds to 3 days a week for a year

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My doctor at Vanderbilt says that as physicians become more knowledgeable about this disease, they will not be hesitant to treat it.

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@ginak

Hi all, I haven’t been receiving any emails lately and thought I somehow removed it. Perhaps no one has been posting that much any more. Just checking in to be sure I’m still connected.
Thanks
Gina K

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Hi @nick52 yes the scars are there to stay unfortunatly. I think you only get scars from the cavities but not the nodues, does anyone else know?

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@auntnanny

I’m not sure if this is the place to post but….. hopefully some will have answers for me. I have bronchiectasis and went through a “flare” — took clindamycin as that had been the last antibiotic used but this time, it really didn’t seem to work. I contacted Mayo’s and my pulmonologist was out. Someone filling in for him sent me Bacterim. I had a sputum test run and the results say pseudomonas. Bacterim is not on the list of recommended antibiotics for this. Does anyone have experience with pseudomonas and is it hard to be rid of it. I’ll fax this report to Mayo’s Monday morning and see where they want to go with it. Just questioning for others with experience with this bacteria. Thank you…..

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Hi @nick52 and all you can also get coconut youghurt that had probiotics and kombucha(fermented tea) which has probiotics, I try to have as much foods with probiotics as possible.

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@suttonmac2009

I started with 500 mg (each) of Clarithromycin twice a day and 400 mg(each) of Ethembutol twice a day. Then when I was tested negative for MAC after about 5 yrs, they reduced meds to 3 days a week for a year

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I am doing well also. I was taking the big 3, eye doc stopped ethambutol last week Friday because it started to effect my eyes, so I am still on two. I feel good, work everyday, exercise everyday…..

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@suttonmac2009

I started with 500 mg (each) of Clarithromycin twice a day and 400 mg(each) of Ethembutol twice a day. Then when I was tested negative for MAC after about 5 yrs, they reduced meds to 3 days a week for a year

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I drink tap watee.

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@auntnanny

I’m not sure if this is the place to post but….. hopefully some will have answers for me. I have bronchiectasis and went through a “flare” — took clindamycin as that had been the last antibiotic used but this time, it really didn’t seem to work. I contacted Mayo’s and my pulmonologist was out. Someone filling in for him sent me Bacterim. I had a sputum test run and the results say pseudomonas. Bacterim is not on the list of recommended antibiotics for this. Does anyone have experience with pseudomonas and is it hard to be rid of it. I’ll fax this report to Mayo’s Monday morning and see where they want to go with it. Just questioning for others with experience with this bacteria. Thank you…..

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I have been trying Kombucha  and daily yogurt

Jo Ann

 

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@ginak

Hi all, I haven’t been receiving any emails lately and thought I somehow removed it. Perhaps no one has been posting that much any more. Just checking in to be sure I’m still connected.
Thanks
Gina K

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I think the nodules form granulomas

Jo Ann

 

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