Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms: Fatigue


There are many symptoms associated with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), but fatigue is often cited as one of the most difficult to deal with by those living with the disease.

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Fatigue in pulmonary fibrosis goes much further than simply being tired and often can’t be remedied by a good night’s sleep. Fatigue can be so debilitating that it affects daily life, where even the simplest chores, such as getting dressed or preparing dinner, zap your energy.

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While the exact reason for fatigue in autoimmune diseases like pulmonary fibrosis is unclear, many experts feel that a lack of oxygen may contribute to the symptom, coupled with the fact that many people living with PF struggle to get quality sleep.

Treating fatigue itself is difficult, so doctors usually try to treat what they believe to be the root cause. Often people living with pulmonary fibrosis find they have better energy levels once they begin oxygen therapy. Find out more about fatigue in pulmonary fibrosis here.

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  1. Lea says:

    Fatigue is the most difficult symptom. I wish there were an answer. Sometimes, I take serrapeptase, an enzyme available at health food stores, and I get out of bed for a couple of days. The doctor says not to eat before bed, so I go without, sleep poorly, and wake up hungry. Then I eat and unintentionally fall fast asleep afterwards. Wow. I would love to feel that the bed, where I am so comfortable, is not a prison.

    • Roger says:

      Hey Lea
      Before I had a lung attack at 3am from going to the bathroom and lying back down. The year before every time I eat I would fall asleep in my recliner, I found 1 comment on the internet that said the cause is the stomach uses oxygen to digest the food, that was taking the oxygen away from the brain causing it. I don’t see what eating before bed has anything to do with health, look it up. I am on 3 leaders of oxygen 24/7.

  2. Elizabeth l Mcdonald says:

    I get tired so easily. Sometimes just setting down and it doesn’t help although I not as bad as it will get.

  3. Andrea Reyes says:

    My brother was diagnosed with PF back in Nov.2016. Drs. told him he was very sick and gave him 2 to 6 months.He was on a by pass oxygen mask. I just buried him last Weds.

  4. Terilla Richard says:

    I was diagnosed 3 years ago with PF, Now I’m going through strange stuff , I can wake up and feel half way good and by noon I am ready for the bed because I get chills and weak. after I take a nap I can function again at times.
    I walk, but I don’t like to leave home. Just don’t care to go anywheres. I use O2 at night and part of the day. The cough is unreal. The dr. put me on Anora ,which helps some.

  5. Carol Winslett says:

    I was diagnosed with IPF in 2012. I have been extremely fortunate as I was placed on Esbriet in 2015 and the drug has pretty much stabalized my condition. My annual CT Scan shows very little change from year to year. I just began oxygen late this fall at 2 ltrs at night and when under exertion. I feel so fortunate to be in year 6 following diagnosis and still enjoy the life I do. Most have not been as fortunate. Fatigue is an issue but I am able to deal with it.

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