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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

Treatment...: Both COPD and pulmonary fibrosis can be diagnosed by the doctors via the tests that you describe. So, the diagnosis is likely correct and is unlikely to change by having these tests repeated in the us. The etiology of the pulmonary fibrosis should be sought, if possible, so it can be treated before more scarring occurs, if possible. COPD treatment, including smoking cessation, is also needed. ...Read more

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I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

Could not help much: I am sorry to tell unfortunately ,with the SLE and pulm. fibrosis bec. of the lung scarring you have this cough which couldn't be helped much . Supressing cough with medicines like codeine linctus help in heart failure patients ,but in ur case ,should not precipitate infections by suppressing cough. If you are on medicatio like lisinopril for HTN/kidney dz from lupus , it can also contribute ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis get worse over time?

Yes: As the disease progreses air exchange is lessenend you would feel short of breath. In addition pressure at the pulmonary vasculature increases a commonly used agent is Revatio which is sildefanil (viagra) used for erectile dysfuction. . Decreses pulmonary vessel pressure. Avoidance of smoke and other inhaled irritants is paramount ! ...Read more

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How fast can I make my pulmonary fibrosis go away?

How fast can I make my pulmonary fibrosis go away?

You can't.: Pulmonary fibrosis means scar tissue has been deposited in the lungs and this cannot be removed or repaired. Currently there is no effective treatment for the most common forms of pulmonary fibrosis. Lung that is injured can sometimes repair back to normal without fibrosis and some medications are being studied that may have benefit. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with pulmonary fibrosis?

How long can a person live with pulmonary fibrosis?

Hard to tell: There are different types of pulmonary fibrosis and some of them progress very quickly and lung transplantation is the best option for them, while other patients have a pulmonary fibrosis that progresses slowly. Your doctor will monitor you with lung functions and will be able to direct you and advice you better. ...Read more

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Does my medical history affect my chances of pulmonary fibrosis?

Depends: A history of connective tissue dis ie lupus, scleroderma, rhematoid arthritis can increase the risk for pulm fibrosis as well as other autoimmune phenomena. Post-infection fibrosis can also develop. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more