Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms
The symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis can vary considerably from person to person. Some people experience a sudden onset of severe breathing difficulties, while others notice only minor discomfort that intensifies gradually over the course of several months or even years. In virtually all cases, however, the symptoms result from scar tissue that develops around the air sacs in the lungs (alveoli), which can make it increasingly difficult to breathe.
The most common pulmonary fibrosis symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath (initially with physical activity and ultimately even at rest)
- Fast, shallow breathing
- Dry, hacking cough
- Unexplained fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
Due to a lack of oxygen in the blood, some people with pulmonary fibrosis also notice that the tips of their fingers and toes begin to appear wide and rounded. Often referred to as clubbing, this symptom is caused by a thickening of the flesh underneath the fingernails and toenails, which causes the nails to curve downward.
Because there is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, most treatments are aimed at relieving its symptoms. Traditional approaches include corticosteroids, immunotherapy, supplemental oxygen, pulmonary rehabilitation and, in very advanced cases, a lung transplant. The Lung Health Institute offers a groundbreaking alternative: cellular therapy.
By harnessing the regenerative power of cells taken from a patient’s own blood, this treatment can potentially stimulate healing and improve respiratory function. Cellular therapy has freed many patients from the round-the-clock use of supplemental oxygen, allowing them to safely return to the activities they enjoy.
If you need help in managing your pulmonary fibrosis symptoms, you can confidently turn to the Lung Health Institute. We’re a world-recognized leader in regenerative medicine and research, and we specialize in cellular therapy for chronic lung conditions. For more information, contact us at 888-745-6697.