@sueinmn I’m at 12 months now on daily antibiotics (I had a small cavity or 2). I had to drop azithromycin at about month 7 because it was damaging my hearing and substituted ciprofloxacin at that point. My cough has always been dry, so I had no treatment until I coughed up some blood and had bronchoscopy to get samples for culture. So, no idea about current status or when/if I achieved culture negative status. I just had my first follow up CT scan which looks somewhat improved, but not perfect by any means. I see the id doc in a couple of weeks to decide what to do next.
I take one Florastor capsule with the ciprofloxacin in the morning, a multivitamin, calcium tab, and one Culturelle capsule mid-day, and the rest of the antibiotics on an empty stomach at bedtime. I have tried the Aerobika but it doesn’t seem to change anything, so I don’t really do it. Never needed an inhaler and haven’t tried the saline. Think I might want to try the saline at this point after reading so much about it here, and especially as I think about coming off antibiotics.
Aggressively managing “silent reflux” has been key for me I think, and I boil all my drinking water now. If I eat chocolate or pizza, especially late in the day, or eat too close to bed time, my cough comes right back! Stress will definitely do it too. And I never lie down with my head and chest less than 30 degrees…unless I’m getting a CT scan!