Another note in support of 7% saline in my nebulizer – I was on the Big 3 for 6 months before I had side effects (tinnitus and hearing loss). I was referred by my GP to a MAC specialist as my respirologist, who had an abundance of confidence but little knowledge of MAC, would not refer me.
The specialist took me off the Big 3 and started me on 7% saline with Aerobika and chest pummeling (my gracious husband was taught to do this). My bacteria count went from 3+ (out of 4) when I stopped the Big 3 to 1 in 4 months and I will do a forced sputum test next time I go in.
Anyway, my point is that the saline has enabled me to stay off medications for 9 months and my overall health has improved so hopefully I can maintain this. Perhaps things would have gone better for me on the medications if I had done both at the same time.
I wouldn’t advocate stopping medications but I completely support the use of saline and other measures to support good health with them (or without, if that works).
I am so thankful to members of this forum for all the helpful information that I’ve received, including learning to do our own research and to be strong advocates for ourselves.