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Any experiences with pulmonary fibrosis?

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TheThinWhiteDutchess · 15/04/2022 19:50


My Mum has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This time last year she was doing ok and managing to get out and about just getting a bit tired.
Over the summer she had a course of steroids and since she came off them in October she has had extreme fatigue. She is now using oxygen cannisters and has lost a lot of weight. She is pretty much house and sometimes bed-bound.

We were all hoping that it was just coming off the steroids that made her so tired but this has been going on for so long that I am wondering if this is now 'it' and she will continue to decline until she passes.

I know that IPF is different from person to person, but I'd be interested to hear people's experiences. Really I'm trying to come to terms with the most likely outcome.

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TheVillageShop · 23/04/2022 23:01

Sorry to hear about your mum. There is a Facebook Group for pulmonary fibrosis with very knowledgeable people going through the same as you and your mum. Here is a link - there is lots of information and support

(20+) Pulmonary Fibrosis UK | Facebook

Also Action Pulmonary Fibrosis has lots of info and support:
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Nat6999 · 14/05/2022 00:44

My ex mil had it, she was 5 years from diagnosis to her passing away. There was oxygen installed in the house & she had portable bottles to use if she went out. She managed to go away on several holidays & managed fairly well until the last year, she had a lot of steroids which helped her breathing but ruined her bones.

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