Upper and lower airway problems
Hello All, I have been reading posts on shortness of breath, MAC and Bronchiectasis looking for clues to my problems which began suddenly 3 years ago with a productive cough that has persisted. I have seen an allergist, ENT, pulmonologist, and most recently an infectious disease doctor. I have taken many courses of oral antibiotics, used inhalers and tried allergy medications. I have had sputum tests, cat scans and sinus surgery. I can not keep my airways clear and have suffered with chronic cough for over three years. I do not have COPD. I have been diagnosed with bronchiectasis, asthma, and chronic sinus disease.
Most recently my last two cat scans in Jan and early March showed an infection in my right lung that did not resolve after six weeks and two courses of antibiotics. I am now using a nebulizer with 7% saline twice a day. The next step was to be a Bronchoscopy but the COVIC-19 crisis hit and I am on hold. It has been a very rough winter. Luckily I am sheltering at home but i have not felt comfortable being out in public since February due to the constant coughing up phlegm.
I absolutely have chronic rhino sinusitis which may be the primary issue. I am doing sinus irrigation 3 times daily. I use a steroid in the sinus rinse along with a mucous thinner and saline.
My question to the community is: Does anyone have both upper (sinus) and lower airway disease and how have you managed it? I am 69 years old and was in perfect health until this started.