Patient Comments: Pulmonary Fibrosis - Experience

If known, what was the cause of your pulmonary fibrosis? Please share your experience.

Comment from: kokolopez209, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I've had horrible asthma since I was 10 or 11. I am now 46. Everyone I know grew out of their asthma but I grew into mine and it progressively has gotten worse. Just 3 weeks ago I was working full time but started having problems with my asthma which went from my regular inhaler, nebulizer and prednisone to what I thought was the flu to an emergency room visit where the x-rays and CT scans show masses on my lungs, pulmonary fibrosis and calcification of the aortic valves. I just learned this yesterday and am devastated and terrified! I have been out of work (office job) and have an urgent referral to a pulmonary specialist. My PCP (primary care physician) won't even think of talking about me returning to work until after seeing the specialist. I'm not sure what lies ahead of me.

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Comment from: Anne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

At 30 I contracted chicken pox. I ended up with varicella pneumonia, ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), 4 1/2 months ventilator dependency, including jet, 5 holes and surgery to repair 1 hole.

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Comment from: I_care_for_my_Mom, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 31

My mom was diagnosed on January 28, 1986 (same day as the Challenger tragedy) with pulmonary fibrosis. She was 54 years of age. Mom never smoked, drank, worked in factories or the like, being a stay at home mom. She was put on oxygen 24/7 which helped. Several years later, she just "got better"! She no longer needed any oxygen, went to work full time and was a picture of health! When diagnosed, the medical field deducted it was due to our bird business (we raised, trained, sold pet birds). Once diagnosed, we no longer kept any of the birds, even our house pets. Unfortunately, almost 6 years ago, my mom was given a pair of her favorite canaries that she adored! When the dry cough started again, we took her to the doctor and our worst fear was confirmed. She indeed had this disease rear its ugly head again.

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Comment from: paaky1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I answered all questions starting with "Did you" negatively. I was treated for breast cancer in January 2010 with radiation. I honestly believe that's what caused my IPF. I have always been healthy until the breast cancer showed up. I had pulmonary rehab for nine weeks, twice a week. I'm trying to stay active. I have oxygen concentrator at home and portables for when I need it. At home my choice is not to use it unless I'm doing something that exerts me too much. I have to have it shopping or walking at the mall. I try to do that at least 4-5 times a week. Sitting and sleeping do not require oxygen at this point. When I get tired, I rest. I'm trying to be wise and one day at a time is my motto.

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Comment from: larry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I was diagnosed with PF (pulmonary fibrosis) in Feb 2012. I may have had it for 1 or 2 years prior to that. I worked full time up until June 2013. My pulmonologist has theorized that it may have been caused by acid reflux. I ate big meals for years that were too close to bedtime mostly due to my crazy work schedule. I had the "Nissen fundoplication" procedure in late June 2013 to fix the reflux. It almost immediately worked. I no longer take omeprazole or anything for i.e. am now currently on the lung transplant list and have been since Aug 1, 2013. I have had 3 "dry runs" to receive new lungs. I take life day by day and remain in good spirits and go to pulmonary rehab 3 times a week.

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Comment from: merrywhiterose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

About 25 years ago my young daughter squeezed a puff ball in front of my face. I gasped, inhaling the mold spores. I became short of breath with a cough, and developed hives all over my body. My doctor took x-rays and they showed my lungs were covered with mold spots. He gave me pills for itching and an anti-inflammatory. I suffered for a year before I felt better! Now 25 years later the spots on my lungs are now scars. I still have a cough but no itching or shortness of breath. I'm now very allergic to mold so I'm on Zyrtec and nasal sprays.

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