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Hello,
I am looking for opinions on a condition I have had for the past 14 years. I developed double pneumonia when I was 14 (I'm now 28) and was hospitalised for 2 weeks on a respirator in Intensive Care. After my recovery I began to find it difficult to breath, and after tests were done it was found that I had developed a tracheal stenosis. This was a result of the respirator irritating my trachea and causing a narrowing. After about 15 laser surgery operations to "burn" the cartilage in my trachea and widen the area of narrowing I still noticed shortness of breath/wheezing. So the surgeons decided to perform a tracheal resection where I had about 4cm of my trachea removed. This was when I was age 15. Over the next 12 months I noticed an increase in phlegm production, just constant coughing up of infected phlegm that would subside with the help of antibiotics but then go back to continual chest infections that wouldn't dissipate. A CT Scan revealed some lung damage/collapse plus abscess as a result of the earlier pneumonia and a decision was made to perform a right lower lobectomy. I definitely noticed a big difference in my breathing after this and the perpetual cough I initially had seemed to be kept to a minimum. However, the chest infections came back the following year and I was basically told by the chest specialist that I had some scar tissue on my lungs due to the pneumonia and I would have Bronchitis for the rest of my life. So I had to accept that I would be susceptible to flu/chest infections etc. Since then (12 years) I have had quite a productive cough which worsens if I get the flu, I am constantly on antibiotics such as Augmentin, Flucloxacillin & Trisul. My breathing is quite laboured and Iím not active. A year ago I got pneumonia again where I ended up in hospital for 5 days. I was under a different chest specialist who followed up my treatment by prescribing me inhalers. These are definitely beneficial and have eased my breathing somewhat. However, I still have this productive cough which I just canít shake. I am now on a different antibiotic called Cipflox plus steroids which again are making a difference, but that difference is only small. I donít sleep well at night because Iím coughing and the phlegm is difficult to lodge as itís quite thick. All the antibiotics seem to be doing is clearing the infection but the production of phlegm is still ongoing, itís hard to deal with!!! I want to know what is causing the constant production of phlegm and ways of targeting this. Iím also curious to know if the lung scar tissue can be repaired and how to treat it.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Many thanks,
Nikki





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