Common Symptoms of NTM

Patients with NTM infections often experience a variety or even all of the following:

  1. Cough – You may or may not cough out sputum. NTM lung disease may cause you to cough up blood (this is called hemoptysis). If you cough up blood, contact your doctor or seek emergency help immediately. Any time you cough up blood, it is essential to remain calm and still to help minimize the amount of blood you cough.
  2. Night Sweats, Fever – You may experience some low-grade fever. The sensation of feverishness and sweating is commonly more prominent at night.
  3. Loss of Weight and Loss of Appetite – It is not uncommon to lose weight, which is why it is important to be aware of weight changes. Please consult with your doctor and/or a nutritionist to determine how to modify and augment your diet so that you get enough calories to maintain your weight at an ideal level that helps your body fight the illness and keep up your strength. Eat, eat, eat. The mycobacteria may compete with your body for calories. This website also has a nutrition guide and printable food diary.
  4. Lack of Energy – Many patients note a variable but often profound sense of fatigue.

Other symptoms include feeling short of breath, wheezing, and chest pain around the lung area.

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