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  • Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

    I know this may be a dumb question, but...would a case of bronchitis mimic or aggravate some HCM symptoms? I've been fighting this for almost a month now. I can deal with the cough and such, but I get so fatigued from walking short distances whereas before I was walking them just fine. I'm currently on my second round of antibiotics. I am getting a little freaked over the difference in how I feel and worry it's the HCM getting worse. It just so happened that I had my quarterly follow-up with the cardiologist two weeks ago, and my echo showed no changes in my heart stuff; the EF was still in the 30-35% range, no clots, etc.
    Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

    If time flies when you're having fun, will I age faster at Disneyland? -- Joel Perry

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    Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

    Sorry this has gotten you down. My wife gets Bronchitis & it knocks her out for at least 2 months! I'd check with your HCM doctor to be sure - Couldn't hurt to call.
    Marc
    Diagnosed @ 48
    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
    Quietly going insane . . .

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    • #3
      Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

      I had this in January .. it took me 2 months.. a little more ,2 courses of steroid treatment, antibiotics x's 2 courses and nebulizer treatments via a machine up to 4 times per day. I thought I was going to die the doctor said I would not be well til spring.. it was not that long but long enough and I am still coughing from it.
      It must be something like we had out here in the East. No one in my family got it like this.. I think the HCM complicated it and I did have runs of a-fib. Keep contact w/ your cardiologist I did through it and went to see him. The breathing treatment and banging on my back helped the most.
      When no one was around I used a big chef spoon to clap my back.
      Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
      Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
      Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
      SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
      [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
      Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
      Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
      Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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      • #4
        Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

        I get bronchitis just about every time I get an upper respiratory infection. It always hangs around a long time and I often need mutilple rounds of antibiotics and steroid inhalers before it goes away. In fact, I keep an inhaler at my house now, and at the first sign of a cough, I start using it because the bronchitis once it settles in is so awful. I also have a terrible problem with wheezing, etc. when I get bronchits. I think that the HCM just compounds the problem and it all turns into one big mess.
        Daughter of Father with HCM
        Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
        Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
        ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
        Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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        • #5
          Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

          Originally posted by mbcube View Post
          Sorry this has gotten you down. My wife gets Bronchitis & it knocks her out for at least 2 months! I'd check with your HCM doctor to be sure - Couldn't hurt to call.
          Oh, I'm keeping in close touch with him, believe me. This hit me at the beginning of May, just before we took a train trip to Seattle. It went into full force while we were there. We were on foot and public transportation, and I had a really hard time keeping up with my partner. He's the one who usually has to slow ME down. My cardiologist didn't seem to be too concerned that how I was feeling was HCM-related, but it's hard not for me to worry about it.

          I went to my PCP a few days after we got back and started zithromax. It seemed to work pretty well, but then I started to feel bad again. Now I'm on doxycycline and it's making me siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick.

          I never, ever want to go through this again...
          Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

          If time flies when you're having fun, will I age faster at Disneyland? -- Joel Perry

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          • #6
            Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

            Originally posted by Pam Alexson View Post
            Keep contact w/ your cardiologist I did through it and went to see him.
            The odd thing is I'm not having much of a cough. I'm definitely keeping in touch with him; he actually got a little miffed at me for "toughing it out." (I wasn't really; I was getting treatment, but I knew I'd be seeing him for my regular follow-up in just a few days.)
            Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

            If time flies when you're having fun, will I age faster at Disneyland? -- Joel Perry

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            • #7
              Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

              Originally posted by Cynaburst View Post
              I think that the HCM just compounds the problem and it all turns into one big mess.
              It seems my bout is really mild as far as bronchitis symptoms go. My cough at its worst -- and I've had worse -- went away after the first week. It's the fatigue and the shortness of breath that are the worst. I'm having trouble walking from my car to my desk at work, so much so that I think I'm going to work from home for the rest of the week. I haven't been able to go to my water exercise class at the Y either.

              Here's hoping the doxycycline will knock it all out...
              Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

              If time flies when you're having fun, will I age faster at Disneyland? -- Joel Perry

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              • #8
                Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

                Doxycycline is a drug that has been around for a long time. Tastes fine but tends to mess up your gut. Be sure to stay out of direct sunlight, as you can get a very nasty sunburn in a short period of time and your skin tends to tingle when in the sun.

                I agree with the others, ANY respiratory illness sends me to the MD immediately and I always end up with a long recovery, high dose steroids and neb treatments q 2 hrs.
                Onward and Upward !

                Diagnosed 4/07 HCM with fixed & dynamic obstruction
                Myectomy with resected cordonae tendonae 4/08 CCF
                ICD 10/08

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                • #9
                  Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

                  I don't have HCM but have asthma. When I get bronchitis I get really down with it and I have no energy for 6 weeks or more. I'm sorry you've been sick and I hope you're feeling much better soon.
                  Reenie

                  ****************
                  Husband has HCM.
                  3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

                    Originally posted by LindaSo View Post
                    Tastes fine but tends to mess up your gut. Be sure to stay out of direct sunlight, as you can get a very nasty sunburn in a short period of time and your skin tends to tingle when in the sun.
                    Oh gawd, does it ever mess it up! It makes me nauseous for a few hours afterward; I've mostly been eating bland foods and yogurt.

                    I did discover that ginger is of great help. I've heard about it being used for nausea in Eastern medicine. We happened to have some excellent quality crystallized ginger in the house, and I have to say, it really DOES help with nausea. I wouldn't have believed it until I tried it.
                    Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

                    If time flies when you're having fun, will I age faster at Disneyland? -- Joel Perry

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

                      Peppermint candies also work. You can suck on them whenever you need to. And if you have that nasty taste in your mouth, it helps that too!
                      Onward and Upward !

                      Diagnosed 4/07 HCM with fixed & dynamic obstruction
                      Myectomy with resected cordonae tendonae 4/08 CCF
                      ICD 10/08

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                      • #12
                        Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

                        yes Ginger has been in the news lately:

                        http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/...n5015209.shtml
                        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bronchitis and HCM symptoms

                          Very cool.

                          I got the idea from a friend of mine who uses it to combat nausea from his HIV medications. He said it works really well for him.
                          Life is a banquet...and I got botulism! -- Me

                          If time flies when you're having fun, will I age faster at Disneyland? -- Joel Perry

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