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Does Exercise Help My Pulmonary Fibrosis
If I can exercise less and less over the past few months does that mean I have pulmonary fibrosis?
Cardio: You have to be careful when exercising as you want your oxygenation to remain above 88%. I tend to tell my patients that cardio is a better exercise for them as weight lifting can be associated with big swings in your blood pressure and valsalva that could precipitate an episode of syncope"passing out". As usual, everything with moderation is better and talk to your doctor before doing exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I had a double contrast CT scan of the chest and two chest x rays combine with an exercise stress test would this have showed cystic or pulmonary fibrosis? Would it have showed up on either scan?
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No: Weather does not make a difference for pulmonary fibrosis. Altitude does. In pulmonary fibrosis it is harder for oxygen to cross into the bloodstream. Higher altitudes have lower oxygen pressure compounding the problem. Ultimately, living at lower altitudes does not affect survival or the course of the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband is 83 and has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis - now weak, losing weight, on ox, coughs sputum. The prognosis is vague. Can you help?
Discuss with your MD: For specific prognosis should discuss with your doctor. In general pulmonary fibrosis is is progressive and slowly get worse. Unfortunately there is no cure and not even very good specific treatments, but there are trials of new drugs that some patients may be eligible for. There is still a role to treat complications like infection/ pneumonia to feel better. Talk to your md for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on level: If your oxygen level, on room air, is over 90% at rest and with walking, you won't need oxygen. In fact, you won't even qualify for oxygen therapy at home until your level goes down to 88%. Thus, simply having that diagnosis of ipf doesn't necessarily mean you will need oxygen. Now, many people with ipf do need oxygen, but it doesn't necessarily need so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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