Good morning all!
I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if you can have Asthma, COPD and Bronchiectesis all at the same time?
I met up with a specialist respiratory nurse the other day who has queried my diagnosis of asthma and COPD and wonders if there is 'an element of bronchiectasis'.
She is intending to discuss my symptoms and history at a multidisciplinary meeting and report back to my GP so at the moment I'm back in limbo, but just… read more
It's not at all unusual; in fact I have the same diagnosis. The bronchiectasis is simply a variation on chronic bronchitis, which most of us have combined with the emphysema and asthma to make the COPD diagnosis. Bronchiectasis is one of the additional diseases included in the COPD umbrella. I refer you to www.copdfoundation.org. There are many resources available there, including "The Big Fat Reference Guide to COPD" which will help you understand how all of these are related.
Having the bronchiectasis diagnosis should make no difference in treatment options. It does mean that you may be more susceptible to bronchial infections because of the additional mucous production it can cause. That makes it really important that you have a good action plan and that you get to your doc ASAP when you do get something respiratory.
I have all 3- bronchiectasis and asthma. Some pulmonologist say bronchiectasis is under COPD but I've met 2 who said not necessarily. I have a productive cough now for 18 months. Tried everything I know to get rid of it. Been to 4 pulmonologists and 4 naturopaths. Nothing works for me. Oh well-- I still teach full time and hope to go 3 more years before retiring. Hang in there! Got to be a cure out there somewhere! Breathe easy and keep moving! Chris
My husband thinks I'm wrong to keep looking at information, but he doesn't have any existing health issues as far as we know so he doesn't understand my need to find out things.
@A MyCOPDTeam Member,I agree that doctors don't know it all, and they seldom agree with each other anyway! I find that going into an appointment with some background info in my head makes it easier to follow what they are telling me and it's good to get an idea of other peoples' experiences too.
I'm going away next week but plan to have a meeting with my doctor when I get back so that I can discuss a few issues so intend to go in fully prepared,
Thank you all for your input!
I also have asthma, COPD, but I also have emphysema (sp), have had asthma for years, so it is possible Moy. Have a good day, and breath easy...