• Craig Brennan posted an update 3 years ago

    Hi Charlene
    Regarding phlegm and IPF I too have a great deal of phlegm not so much during rest but daily sitting or active. I was diagnosed with IPF in January of 2012 and do not require supplemental oxygen to date. I did however radically alter my diet eating far more vegetables and illuminating carbs and bad sugars. I will soon turn 71 and am thankful I am able to function reasonably so far. I do realize that this too can change overnight making this knowledge my worst effect of IPF. God bless to all and lets pray for a cure. I often wonder why this disease takes more lives than does breast cancer yet gets far less attention.

    • Hi Craig,

      Thanks so much for the update and welcome again to the PF forums. Sorry to hear you deal with this unpleasant side effect of excessive phlegm as well. I just wrote to another member of the forum about this; it seems so many folks deal with this as a side effect of IPF, and yet the literature and doctors are often unaware that it exists. What a pesky thing to deal with! Did you find the diet change helped with the phlegm issue at all? I know diet changes truly can make such a difference in us and that is one thing I am going to work on in the new year – reducing carbs and sugar. While I don’t eat a lot of this generally, I did get some Christmas gifts (ie. a spiralizer) to help get more creative in the kitchen when it comes to healthy eating.

      Really glad you’re able to function pretty well so far, and don’t need supplemental oxygen yet. That is excellent news! Here is hoping that 2019 brings forward wonderful opportunities for those with IPF in the form of a cure, or more successful treatments.

      Take good care,

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