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How bad is having plasmacytoma in the lungs and can it be linked to agent orange exposure?

How bad is having plasmacytoma in the lungs and can it be linked to agent orange exposure?

Please check with: Your local VAMC. Reviewing the literature there have been service connections awarded in at least some cases for plasmacytoma. Department of Veteran's Affairs presumptive diseases for Agent Orange include: AL Amyloidosis, Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, > ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

A lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Exercise is an important part of the management of pulmonary fibrosis. There are specific programs known as pulmonary rehab, that incorporate exercise and oxygen therapy to help maintain your lung function. ...Read more

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What is "end stage" of pulmonary fibrosis?

What is "end stage" of pulmonary fibrosis?

Advance lung damage: End stage pulmonary fibrosis is a common term that we use when we do not feel that our medications can reverse or improve the lung damage caused by the lung fibrosis. At that point, we consider the patient for lung transplantation. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Yes: Typically, patients are in their forties and fifties when diagnosed. Pulmonary fibrosis could be idiopathic (unknown cause), or due to asbestosis, silicosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus (sle), sarcoidosis, certain medications, radiation and many more. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve pain from pulmonary fibrosis?

NSAIDs or narcotics: Pulmonary fibrosis by itself usually does not hurt. There are no pain receptors in the lungs. What may hurt is your pleura or ribcage, which are well supplied with pain receptors. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) such as Ibuprofen may help as well as narcotics which usually also dull the sensation of shortness of breath which may accompany pulmonary fibrosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Are there any foods I can eat to heal my pulmonary fibrosis?

Are there any foods I can eat to heal my pulmonary fibrosis?

It's chronic disease: Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic disease. It could be idiopatic, or as a result of other diseases like scleroderma, lupus....
No diet can heal your disease but if you have co2 retention than food low in carbohydrates will help with lowering of your carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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Is there ever a possibility of false diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis?

Is there ever a possibility of false diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes, very common: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term which is sometimes used by mistake for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). I see numerous patients who are told they have pulmonary fibrosis who have normal lungs. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent pulmonary fibrosis?

What can I do to prevent pulmonary fibrosis?

NO SMOKING: Avoiding tobacco, avoiding toxic lung injury exposures including certain occupations. Also regular exercise and diet. Unfortunately the most common cause of pulmonary fibrosis is idiopathic or familial about which you can do very little. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis be treated?

Pirfenidone: Not approve in the us, yet

approved in europe and japan

but not very powerful, unfortunately. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis causes the inner latticework of the lungs to thicken. Given that this latticework supports oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, and that exchange is dependent on the thinness of the transport membrane, pulmonary fibrosis makes the lungs work less efficiently, leading to shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the tests for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the tests for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

CT or biopsy: The "gold standard" test for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung biopsy, usually via lung surgery. But, nowadays, ct scan has gotten very good at diagnosing ipf, and sometimes this is enough. But, usually, lung biopsy is required to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily: Feeling heavy can be a result of any of multiple conditions. It warrants further attention to the cardiopulmonary system, but pulmonary fibrosis is not necessarily the answer. ...Read more

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Can hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Generally no.: The cause of pulmonary fibrosis is not known, but hamsters haven't been associated with it. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis can be caused by pet birds and lead to pulmonary fibrosis in rare cases. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Slowly progressive shortness of breath, chest discomfort, cough with exercise, declining exercise capacity. At advanced stages weight loss leg swelling frank chest pain simulating angina. ...Read more

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Could you give me straight forward info on pulmonary fibrosis?

Could you give me straight forward info on pulmonary fibrosis?

Scars: In nflammation from any cause in so much area of the lung, inflammatory cells recruit the fibrocytes (scar cells). These cells lay down fibers to wall of the inflammations but because there is diffuse inflammation, they end up laying down fiber in the interstitial spaces in may areas. It thickens the areas in between the air sacs and the blood vessels. That is fibrosis, if limited area it's scar. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis? Is it often fatal or just chronic?

Scarred Lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is essentially scarring of the lungs. There are many different causes for the lungs to scar. The disease can be a long-term chronic problem however in certain cases if the underlying cause of scarring is not addressed, it can be fatal. Furthermore, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is almost uniformly fatal. Lung transplantation may be a final resort. ...Read more

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My dad has pulmonary fibrosis can you explain how serious this is?

Depends: Depends on how bad his pulmonary function is and what caused the pulmonary fibrosis. Most types of pulmonary fibrosis are not really treatable but some are. Make sure he sees a good pulmonologist and has all options explained to him. ...Read more

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What can you take for the inflammation and pflem from pulmonary fibrosis?

What can you take for the inflammation and pflem from pulmonary fibrosis?

Uncertain: It's not at all clear that inflammation is in fact part of the problem in pulmonary fibrosis. Cough and phlegm are very common and extraordinarily difficult to treat patients with my fibrosis. We currently lack any known effective treatment for this terrible disease. ...Read more

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What are the medications for pulmonary fibrosis and what are the side effects?

Steroids, immunosupre: The drugs which are used are steroids like Prednisone in high doses, sometimes immunosupresants, responce to treatment is variable and patients requre continuosly oxygen and may need lung transplantation if nothing else works. ...Read more

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