Top 5 Pulmonary Fibrosis Questions for Your Doctor

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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, there are probably loads of questions running through your mind.  Here are some of the most important questions you should ask your doctor according to the American Lung Association.


1. “What is pulmonary fibrosis?”

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) literally means scarring of the lungs.  Very simply, scarring occurs in the tissue and space around the air sacs in the lungs making it difficult for oxygen to pass through the air sacs and into the blood.

Discover some simple facts about pulmonary fibrosis here.


2. “How did I get pulmonary fibrosis?

There are many environmental factors and lifestyle choices that can lead to pulmonary fibrosis such as working in occupations where you might be exposed to fine dust particles, toxins, and chemicals. Smoking is also a risk factor. Having an autoimmune disease puts you at a higher risk of developing PF. Some medications and treatments such as chemotherapy can also lead to the disease. When no cause for the onset of pulmonary fibrosis can be found, it is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Read about four ways to help prevent pulmonary fibrosis here.


3. “What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?”

The mains symptoms of PF are shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, weight loss, a persistent dry cough, and clubbing of the fingertips. You will need to discuss all possible symptoms with your doctor.

Read about six less common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis here.


4. “How can I have a good quality of life with pulmonary fibrosis?”

Your quality of life can be good, but you will need to make some lifestyle changes.  Staying fit through gentle exercise, maintaining a healthy bodyweight, and quitting smoking are all paramount. Your doctor can help you with pulmonary rehabilitation which will help also you live as comfortably as possible.

Read about the five main factors for living with pulmonary fibrosis.


5. “Am I eligible for any clinical trials?”

Speak to your doctor to see if there are any clinical trials that you that you might benefit from and that you are eligible to join. Clinical trials help scientists better understand diseases. They work toward improved medications and treatments — and ultimately, a cure.

Read some of the most frequently asked questions about clinical trials here.

Pulmonary Fibrosis News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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