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Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disorder which causes excessive fibrous connective tissue in the lungs. This results in the lung tissue becoming damaged and scarred.  When the lung tissue is thick and stiff, it is difficult for the lungs to work properly. Pulmonary fibrosis gets worse over time, and breathing becomes more and more difficult. The progression of pulmonary fibrosis varies from person to person. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis below.

The Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis are as follows:

  • Shortness of breath, especially with exertion
  • A dry, hacking cough
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Chest congestion
  • A bluish tinge in the skin

The course of the disease varies considerably from person to person. For some people, the signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis are severe very quickly, and for other people, the signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis worsen slowly over months or years. There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. The life expectancy of pulmonary fibrosis is about two to five years after a diagnosis of the disorder.

The causes of pulmonary fibrosis can be environmental pollutants, cigarette smoking, infections, radiation treatments, medications, and other diseases that involve connective tissue, such as sarcoidosis, scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.



Diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis

A diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis is made based upon imaging tests, such as a chest x-ray and/or a CT scan; pulmonary function tests such as spirometry, oximetry, and an exercise stress test; and through a lung biopsy obtained either through a bronchoscopy or through surgery.


Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
James N. Parker
What You Always Wanted To Know About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (Medical Basic Guides)
Various Authors


Pulmonary Fibrosis: Coping With a Terminal Disease
Robert Post
Advances in Pulmonary Fibrosis
John Simpson

Pulmonary Fibrosis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Supports research to find a way to cure and control pulmonary fibrosis. In addition it supports treatment centers to help those afflicted.

http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/

  • Medicine Net . com

Learn about pulmonary fibrosis (scarring throughout the lungs). Pulmonary fibrosis has many causes such as exposure to asbestos, infections, lupus, RA, and medicaiton.

http://www.medicinenet.com/pulmonary_fibrosis/article.htm

  • American Lung Association

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease marked by scarring in the lungs. Tissue deep in the lungs becomes thick, stiff and scarred.

http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/pulmonary-fibrosis/

  • Health Scout

Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of Pulmonary Fibrosis … Definition of Pulmonary Fibrosis; Description of Pulmonary Fibrosis; Causes and Risk Factors of Pulmonary Fibrosis.

http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/302/main.html

  • Health Reports . com

Learn about powerful, innovative natural supplements to improve and reverse pulmonary fibrosis.

http://www.health-reports.com/pulmonary-fibrosis.html

  • Daily Strength

Discuss Pulmonary Fibrosis with others who understand what you’re going through.

http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Pulmonary-Fibrosis/forum

  • Right Diagnosis

Pulmonary fibrosis information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/p/pulmonary_fibrosis/intro.htm

  • MD Junction

Pulmonary Fibrosis Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Pulmonary Fibrosis

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/pulmonary-fibrosis-discussions



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes and treatment of this serious lung disease.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulmonary-fibrosis/DS00927

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pulmonaryfibrosis.html