Asthma, COPD, CVID and MAC

Posted by bennb023 @bennb023, Jul 25, 2019

I am 63 yrs old and have been dealing with asthma, copd, Mac, and CVID. I do pretty well and am still working full time. Any others have MAC?

@j oelars- I'm not a medical professional so I really can't give you professional medical advice. It will be up to your doctor to decide whether you need more medicine, depending on what didn't work. Did you have the same antibiotic both times? Sometimes it take a while to clear up pneumonia, depending on whether it's bacterial or viral. Do you know what the names of the medicines that you have taken?

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@merpreb I know I had viral and bacterial pneumonia in March (the only other time I had pneumonia, 3 years ago, it was just bacterial) I don't know the names of any of the antibiotica. But as I stated in my previous post, I'm feeling much better (actually normal) so the antibiotic must have done some good. I realize my subjective feelings aren't the acid test, the upcoming ct scan is. (still, if I can feel as good as I do now, I'd declare myself cured).
what I neglected to mention through this is when I was hospitalized in March I walked out against doctor's orders because I felt so much better. The hospital did give me orals to take when I left, but my walking out early may have had something to do with this problem which I created in its inception by heavy smoking. Of all my life's challenges it turns out I was my worst enemy. That ain't easy to live with.

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@joelars– I think at time we all are our own best enemy! Best thing to do is to try not to do it again and listen to your doctor! You are a lawyer not a doctor so you aren't the professional here, lol. But really leave the medical stuff to him, can you do that and stop worrying?

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@merpreb I'd like to say yes to your rhetorical question, but I'd only be lying. This time, rather than stick the script for the lung scan in the glove box and ignore it for months, I scheduled a ct (with contrast) for thursday (just got the script today). I already regret that act of naive optimism. Man plans, God laughs.

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@joelars

Hi @benn023 My diagnosis was pneumonia. I completed antibiotic treatments. the follow up x ray showed a small area of infiltrate which the doc said is lingering pneumonia. He prescribed antibiotics. I just finished those and I'm scheduled for the follow up ct next week. My question is what is the difference between pneumonia and CVOD and MAC

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Mac is mycobacterium avium complex which is a different bacteria than the ones that cause pneumonia

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@joelars

@merpreb I'd like to say yes to your rhetorical question, but I'd only be lying. This time, rather than stick the script for the lung scan in the glove box and ignore it for months, I scheduled a ct (with contrast) for thursday (just got the script today). I already regret that act of naive optimism. Man plans, God laughs.

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@joelars – This cliche might be trite but it's true-"Better Safe than Sorry."

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@merpreb
I get the "sorry" part but "safe"?

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@joelars

@merpreb
I get the "sorry" part but "safe"?

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@joelars – Safe to mean, in this sense, that by getting tested you rule out an immediate concern instead of not being tested and chancing being ill and not knowing. I think that we disagree on this matter. But that's fine, don't you agree?

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@merpreb of course I agree.
The docs saved your life through timely testing. In my (much less dramatic) case my concerns are the tests. I fear the docs have little to offer and will only find things they can't hep me with.

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@merprep I had the ct with scan Thursday morning. this time, I didn't hear anything until now. My doctor's receptionist texted me telling me they just got the results. All she said is there is nothing urgent BUT, the doctor wants to see me when it is convenient for me, "within the next 4 weeks". I told him asap. I'm waiting for their response. In the meantime, I feel good. I don't know what could be wrong? When I asked the CT tech how long it takes to get the results she told me that when the radiologist suspects something serious in the scan they'll get the results to the doctor right away. If not it takes several days.

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@joelars

@merprep I had the ct with scan Thursday morning. this time, I didn't hear anything until now. My doctor's receptionist texted me telling me they just got the results. All she said is there is nothing urgent BUT, the doctor wants to see me when it is convenient for me, "within the next 4 weeks". I told him asap. I'm waiting for their response. In the meantime, I feel good. I don't know what could be wrong? When I asked the CT tech how long it takes to get the results she told me that when the radiologist suspects something serious in the scan they'll get the results to the doctor right away. If not it takes several days.

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I meant ct with contrast.

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@joelars

@merprep I had the ct with scan Thursday morning. this time, I didn't hear anything until now. My doctor's receptionist texted me telling me they just got the results. All she said is there is nothing urgent BUT, the doctor wants to see me when it is convenient for me, "within the next 4 weeks". I told him asap. I'm waiting for their response. In the meantime, I feel good. I don't know what could be wrong? When I asked the CT tech how long it takes to get the results she told me that when the radiologist suspects something serious in the scan they'll get the results to the doctor right away. If not it takes several days.

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@joelars– These mysterious messages I know are playing on you! You'll hear back, or just ask to speak with him?

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