(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

@suzie2017

I took my husband to the Infectious Disease Doctor yesterday. He said there is no way to correct his collapsed left lung because it was caused by excessive secretions. He said the secretions will continue. He is holding off on prescribing the MAC treatment until he gets the report from Colorado on the secretions that were extracted during the bronchoscopy. One report has come back already showing he has pseudonymous again. He is now on Cippro and the ID Doctor wants to wait until the Cippro is gone plus 7 days before he begins the treatment. He also said he wants to see all of the medicine bottles (there are many) so he can do a good analysis to make sure the MAC treatment will not interfere with his current regiment. My husband was fully dressed and weighed in at 115. He lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks. He is very thin and weak.

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@nick52 I eat all of these foods,no wonder why I feel like I'm so very sick 24/7 Thank You Toni

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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@tutti Idon't know if it goes by state ,but my husband did that and they made him wait 2 yrs.we live in louisiana I also know some that went to soc. sec. and fought it, and won. I would apply for it . Toni Ann

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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I do feel like I am in mourning. I miss not having to think about MAC every day. Being on the meds makes it harder to ignore. I had my post 6 months on meds CT yesterday and get results tomorrow. I have been panicking the last 2 weeks and am just a basket case. I am afraid he will tell me its not working. He is not very subtle or eases into stuff. Prayers would be welcome.

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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Sending you the white light and love

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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You are in my prayers. Jane Brown

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@flib

Thank you so much. It takes a while to master the vocabulary.

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Can you tell me about this? Thanks, Jane

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@suzie2017

I took my husband to the Infectious Disease Doctor yesterday. He said there is no way to correct his collapsed left lung because it was caused by excessive secretions. He said the secretions will continue. He is holding off on prescribing the MAC treatment until he gets the report from Colorado on the secretions that were extracted during the bronchoscopy. One report has come back already showing he has pseudonymous again. He is now on Cippro and the ID Doctor wants to wait until the Cippro is gone plus 7 days before he begins the treatment. He also said he wants to see all of the medicine bottles (there are many) so he can do a good analysis to make sure the MAC treatment will not interfere with his current regiment. My husband was fully dressed and weighed in at 115. He lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks. He is very thin and weak.

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Can you tell me what foods? Thanks, Jane

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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Thank you. You always respond. Jane

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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I will send you divine light jkiemen!  Keep us posted!

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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Make sure you have a good doctor’s report to confirm your invalidity! Tony Ann

We will keep you in our prayers that you succeed the first time.  

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@flib

Sorry for so many worries. I have just been diagnosed with neuropathy in my feet. My doctor did a blood workup and called me at home because was concerned with my high B6 level. She called it "alarming." Said to get off all b6 immediately, that high levels kill nuerons…that this may be the cause of the neuropathy. .I had been taking various energy drinks which are loaded with B6. She also said it takes about 8 months to b clear it. I started reading labels. Few people know the danger of over doing vitamins. Wishing you better days.

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I agree, Terri.
For complementary therapies, I usually turn to NIH's National Center for Complementary and Integrated Medicine (NCCIH). Here's what they have on ginseng
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/asianginseng/ataglance.htm

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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jkiemen, I know how you feel b/c I have MAC and bronchictasis and its not easy not to think about the disease but sometimes we need to get it out of our mind. It will get better and trust the Lord and He will get you trough to this. I will put you in my prayer and the Lord will give you His Blessing. Cila

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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Thanks, for the info. I think I will try applying now.

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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Prayers and hugs for you!

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@suzie2017

What does MAC infection do to the body if the patient does not seek treatment?

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Jkieman….sending white light that the Dr is decent and you get a good report.tdrell

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