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Please explain the pain from pulmonary fibrosis, I do neuromuscular massage therapy and they will be my new client. ?

Please explain the pain from pulmonary fibrosis, I do neuromuscular massage therapy and they will be my new client. ?

Usually painless: Pulmonary fibrosis describes scarring of lung tissue. It cause shortness of breath, easy fatigue, sometimes weight loss, but is not in itself painful. If oxygen levels get too low it's possible that muscles might be more painful with use. I don't know of any reason why massage couldn't be done. Some patients may not be able to breathe comfortably lying flat. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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My husband is on 3l of oxygen for pulmonary fibrosis, with that his sats are 90-94%. Is that normal?

My husband is on 3l of oxygen for pulmonary fibrosis, with that his sats are 90-94%. Is that normal?

NO: It's adequate but normal oxygen for healthy people on room air is >95%. People on oxygen should use the smallest amount (liter per minute) that gets them >90%. Many people can use a smaller amount at rest and a higher flow with exercise. ...Read more

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How often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

How often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

24hr a day: If you need oxygen, your doctor will let you know, usually round the clock. Best is to get a device that measures oxygen level called oximeter, and keep oxygen saturation above 88%. ...Read more

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Please help, how much or how often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Please help, how much or how often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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 more

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I was told I have severe pulmonary fibrosis and COPD on 24hr oxygen live at 5200ft. Should i move ?

Depends on your sats: If your oxygen levels / saturations on oxygen are greater than 90% at rest, with activity, and with sleep, you should not need to move to, a lower altitude. ...Read more

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I was told I have pulmonary fibrosis severe and COPD on 24hr oxygen. I live at 5200ft, should I move to 970ft?

Maybe: You would probably lower your oxygen requirements. At 5000 feet the amount of oxygen available to you is almost 1/3 less than is available at sea level. ...Read more

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Can i maintain an oxygen level greater than 88% with pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Depending on the severity of the pulmonary fibrosis it is possible to maintain an o2 saturation > 88% especially with the aid of supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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Does my blood oxygen level make a difference in how severe my pulmonary fibrosis is?

Does my blood oxygen level make a difference in how severe my pulmonary fibrosis is?

Yes...: Pulmonary fibrosis causes scarring in the lungs. The more severe it is, the lower the oxygen level will be over time. It takes quite a bit of scarring to actually lower your oxygen level and your oxygen level should be monitored over time with pulse ox and/or abg analysis. ...Read more

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Oxygen Therapy (Definition)

Some people with damaged lungs or damaged hearts cannot extract enough oxygen from normal air, so they need extra oxygen delivered through a mask or nasal cannulas. This ...Read more


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