(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

@heathert

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all, and heres to better cures in the very near future! Take Care Heather

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Merry Christmas to all! Health and healing! Hope and joy!!

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@judyhodgern

That is fantastic news!!—-Did you have a cavity in your lung when diagnosed??? are you not coughing or SOB?? You probably aren’t but I was just wanting to see someone that is so fortunate of not having the organisms that you are able to be symptom-free. I would presume that is just wonderful!!. Thank you so much.
I just had surgery about four days ago and my right upper lobe Of my lung was removed so I’m hoping that it will help my symptoms and I will be a stopping coughing in the future and puttinga Me in remission for a couple of years🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I am still in hospital at the Univ of Colorado. Laparoscopy but still major surgery.

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Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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@jasmine321

Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you face this uncertain part of this journey. Take care and try to believe in a hopeful outcome❤️

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@jasmine321

Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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Please keep us informed. I will have surgery in April for a right lung lobe removal. Prayers for you, Jasmine!

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@judyhodgern

That is fantastic news!!—-Did you have a cavity in your lung when diagnosed??? are you not coughing or SOB?? You probably aren’t but I was just wanting to see someone that is so fortunate of not having the organisms that you are able to be symptom-free. I would presume that is just wonderful!!. Thank you so much.
I just had surgery about four days ago and my right upper lobe Of my lung was removed so I’m hoping that it will help my symptoms and I will be a stopping coughing in the future and puttinga Me in remission for a couple of years🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I am still in hospital at the Univ of Colorado. Laparoscopy but still major surgery.

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How are you doing, Judy?

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@migizii

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you face this uncertain part of this journey. Take care and try to believe in a hopeful outcome❤️

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Thank you @migizii

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@vetnyregr

Please keep us informed. I will have surgery in April for a right lung lobe removal. Prayers for you, Jasmine!

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Thank you @vetnyregr

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@jasmine321

I will keep you posted

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@jasmine321

Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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When I am afraid I remember what someone told me years ago which is that God is closer to us than the paint on the wall in the room we are in – please feel that, be comforted by that, and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. (Irene5)

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@jasmine321

Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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Lots of prayers for you!! Hugs

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@irene5

When I am afraid I remember what someone told me years ago which is that God is closer to us than the paint on the wall in the room we are in – please feel that, be comforted by that, and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. (Irene5)

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Thank you @irene5, I will remember that. Thank you for your prayers.

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@america

Lots of prayers for you!! Hugs

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Thank you @america. Your prayers and emotional support mean a lot to me.

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@jasmine321

Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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@jasmine321 don't be afraid…this must be done…face it with courage and grace!

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@jasmine321

Hoping for a speedy recovery @judyhodgern. I will have surgery on March 11, 2020. Surgeon will remove my right middle and lower lobes. Had MAC in 2012 and 2018. When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in 2012, my right middle lobe was affected. In 2018, infection went down further to my lower lobe. I am really scared. I don’t want to be on antibiotics the rest of my life and I don’t want the infection to eventually destroy my entire right lung that’s why I decided to go for the surgery. Surgeon will plan for VATS (laparoscopic) but there’s a 50% chance that he will do open surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

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@jasmine321 Wishing you all the best for your surgery and recovery in March. Please keep in touch. Take care Heather

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@jasmine132 and @vetnyregr …. You are both in my thoughts and I wish you the very best outcome with your surgeries….Please keep us posted.

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