Periodic Muscle Cramps & Pain Since IPF Diagnosis
It is becoming hard to decipher which of the pains or aliments my body feels are attributed to my diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) or, whether it is something else. We’ve talked a lot about the IPF-related chronic cough that causes discomfort for many of us, including sore muscles in our chest, upper back and shoulders. Overall I feel like I have an increase in pain and general discomfort since my IPF diagnosis, especially in some of my muscles. I can only link this to being chronically under-oxygenated due to this life-threatening lung disease.
Recently I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of muscular pain in my legs, particularly the back of my calves. My friend who has his doctor of chiropractic medicine actually did a quick assessment and he said while IPF (and subsequent low oxygen levels) could be the culprit of some muscular leg pain; he was also able to tell that I was very low on electrolytes. He sent one of his assistants to go get me some Gatorade in order to replenish those electrolytes, although I have no idea why I’d be so low in them in the first place.
All this suffice to say that our muscular pain can very likely be attributed to IPF, but having low electrolytes or being dehydrated in general can make things worse. I’ve also had a very busy summer, particularly the last two weekends where I was on my feet a lot. I can say with confidence though, that the frequency and intensity of muscle pain in various parts of my body has generally worsened since my diagnosis of IPF. Would you agree?
If you have regular muscle pain since your IPF/PF diagnosis, what do you do to relieve it?
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