Anti-Inflammatory Medications and Pulmonary Fibrosis
On Monday I wrote a post about managing medications, following the delivery of my prescriptions in anticipation of the holidays and store closures for Christmas. It was a lot of tablets!
One of the specialists on my team is a Rheumatologist, whom I’m very grateful for as he is always open to discussing my pain/discomfort, along with how I’m doing not only with my lung disease but also in general. It’s been my experience that he really honours the “holistic” side of medicine; taking into account my mental and emotional health, in addition to how I am feeling physically.
I’m not sleeping very well these days, and have started to take melatonin regularly. I’m also increasingly sore in some muscles, namely my chest cavity. We haven’t really figured out why that is, however we do know my CRP levels are very high which indicates inflammation. As a result, the Rheumatologist has given me a prescription anti-inflammatory and as I add the bottle to my pill cabinet, I’m realizing I have a lot of NSAIDs in there! Of course I take only as needed, but that led me to thinking about whether or not other IPF/PF patients are prescribed anti-inflammatories.
Have you been given anti-inflammatories since your IPF/PF diagnosis? If so, do you take them regularly or only as needed (PRN)?
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