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11 hours ago · Top MAC doctor/treatment Rochester: Questions to ask at first appt? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@ginak, Yes! I feel like I'm cheating a little but since I have my wedge… I now still sleep a little on my stomach but I wait until later in the night when I'm sure all the food has gone down. Maybe I should try the whole bed wedge on my husband! And then say what you said to your husband, "Too bad!"

1 day ago · Top MAC doctor/treatment Rochester: Questions to ask at first appt? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@n4seth, Don't stress because now that you've found this group…they are a FOUNT of information! I was diagnosed four years ago and took the big three antibiotics for a year and my pulmonologist believes that I got mine because of acid reflux. I'll always remember him asking me if I slept on my stomach and I said yes! I'm a stomach sleeper! When you sleep on your stomach and have acid reflux…at night those stomach acids aspirate into your lungs and you don't even realize it. So you get yourself a wedge, I bought one that was just too big and too high and I felt like I was sleeping on a mountain but then I found a really good one with a slight less of an angle on the website or catalog from Hammacher Schlemmer. And then I sleep with one or two pillows on top of that.They actually have a WHOLE mattress wedge on that website but my husband didn't much care about sleeping on an angle so I got that one person one. I highly recommend nebulizing the 7% saline solution (and trust me that came from learning on this site because my pulmonologist didn't even prescribe it at that point. I had to ask for it.) These little bugs don't like hanging around when there's a salty environment. As for dietary changes I have pretty much stopped eating dairy, hardly any wheat and I've cut back on sugar. (I'm a sugar addict so it's very hard). Hope that helps. Nan

1 day ago · The vagaries of this ailment: How MAC changes without fanfare in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Yes, @windwalker if it's not one thing, it's another. But I do know that after being tested for allergies and now taking allergy shots my chronic cough got much better. For that, I'm grateful. Nan

6 days ago · The vagaries of this ailment: How MAC changes without fanfare in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@thumperguy I've had kind of the same thing but around the end of February and then into the whole month of March I started sneezing, coughing a lot more and I have attributed to seasonal allergies. I even got tested for more allergies and sure enough I'm allergic to pecan trees, birch trees and bayberry trees so they've added that to my vial of the ones I'm already taking. I administer my own allergy shots twice a week. Nan

Tue, Mar 3 8:16am · Clearing lung technique I found by accident in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@wal6578 I also found that method by accident and it's the only way I've been doing it for the past two years. And I don't even have to raise my hips ( but I probably should). I just lie down and my lungs start the draining process. Postural drainage. I doubt it works for everyone but thank goodness it works for me. Nan

Mon, Jan 27 10:23am · Bronchiectasis: New Diagnosis in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@skylark1 and also if you have GERD or acid reflux do not sleep on your stomach. That's how my doctor says mine happened. I was a stomach sleeper and the acid aspirates into your lungs at night if you're on your stomach, hence, sleeping on a wedge is important or a bunch of pillows. I found a great wedge in the catalog Hammacher Schlemmer that is not such a huge angle as my first one which I hated because it as so big and bulky. I also have a hiatal hernia which doesn't help matters. Nan