Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms: Fatigue

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by Wendy Henderson |

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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.

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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