In the early stages of pneumoconiosis, symptoms are usually mild and intermittent. Some people do not experience any warning signs until they have sustained several years of damage to their lungs. As pneumoconiosis progresses, however, its symptoms tend to become more frequent and severe. These more advanced symptoms can make it difficult to work, exercise or participate in normal daily activities.
The most common symptoms of pneumoconiosis are coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. These can be present when exercising or even when at rest. Other symptoms include:
- A chronic feeling of tightness in the chest
- An increased production of mucus
- The development of a blue tint in the lips or fingernails (cyanosis)
People who have pneumoconiosis might also develop other related conditions as a result of existing lung damage or inflammation, such as bronchitis, pulmonary hypertension or emphysema. These conditions can cause additional complications that accompany those of pneumoconiosis.
Because pneumoconiosis symptoms can be so disruptive to day-to-day life, finding an effective treatment plan is incredibly important. Many people rely on treatments such as medications, supplemental oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation to help alleviate their symptoms. Some individuals also consider alternative treatments, such as stem cell therapy, to further improve their quality of life.
At the Lung Institute, we provide stem cell therapy to help promote the body’s natural healing processes. Our treatments use a patient’s own stem cells and are performed on an outpatient basis. More than 80 percent of our patients report an improvement in their quality of life after treatment.
If you have been dealing with the symptoms of pneumoconiosis and would like to learn more about stem cell therapy as an alternative treatment option, you can contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065. Whenever it’s most convenient for you, we’re here to help you breathe easier.