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You would think a blood thinner would make a difference, but I'm sure your doc has taken that into consideration. Please keep me apprised on your concentration & how it goes for you. I'm wondering if I may just bleed occasionally with any irritation, and as @windwalker said the 7% has an effect on MAC so maybe I could try it? At least the 3% does thin the mucous and it definitely helps me cough that up.
Or no 7% if you are a "bleeder". I don't think my lungs would be considered necessarily fragile shape (no cavities, not bad damage, good FEV1, never had other infections other than the active MAC, and some nodules), but I tend to have bleeding episodes so they won't let me do 7%. Discouraging, but I guess better than maybe causing more bleeding.
Just a thought about the 7% saline. I have mild bronchiectasis, but I also seem to have the occasional hemoptysis like you, and my docs don't want me on the 7% because it is just a bit more irritating to the tissues and might cause the bleeding, especially in someone more prone to that anyway.
I don't know about "normal", but my pulmonologist says some people seem to be more prone to that. I have coughed up blood several times – diagnosed with bronchiectasis & MAC. You should definitely notify your doc if you haven't. Mine wants to know if it happens, but concerned only when the amount is "large" or it won't stop. He is not concerned with just a couple tablespoons that tapers off. It is still a scary experience for me! But it doesn't necessarily mean your condition is worse. If mine tapers off, my pulmo still wants me to do my airway clearance, huff coughing, and saline.
Thanks so much for the replies!! @flib, I think you're right, long lungs is probably not a compliment, but it did make me laugh. Sounds like sticking with the 3% is probably good for me. I haven't posted here much, but I want to say what a great place it is to come and gather encouragement and information. I am very embarrassed to say I struggle with health anxiety, and coughing up blood just sends me into that fear – even though I know it is just sometimes a symptom of my MAC, I can't seem to make my anxiety fully accept that. Same way with the fatigue sometimes, I'll think something else must be horribly wrong and I'm dying and then later in that same day I can feel better, get up and accomplish things and decide I'm probably not dying after all. What a hot mess!!!
@windwalker, @alleycatkate, on the 7% sodium. My doc has me on 3% because of my tendency for hemoptysis (seems I have a small bout of that about every 6 months, with some bouts of pink tinged sputum) and he says the 7% would be more irritating. My MAC, as well as bronchiectasis, are both considered mild, which seems weird to me because of the bleeding but I guess some are just more prone to that? Anyway, do any of you with hemoptysis still neb the 7%? Any thoughts? I only do 3% once a day. It definitely helps me clear the gunk! Thank you!