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How will pulmonary fibrosis affect my quality of life?

How much pulmonary fibrosis affects your quality of life will depend on a number of things, including the effectiveness of your treatment, the severity of your symptoms, and your attitude. When treatment is effective, it can improve your lung function and slow the progression of the disease, which will enable you to do more things that you would normally do. As the disease progresses, however, you may lose your breath and tire more easily, which may limit your activities. Everyday activities such as eating or talking may make it difficult for you to breathe comfortably. At this late stage of the pulmonary fibrosis, you may feel as though your quality of life is declining. Having a positive attitude toward your treatment and the lifestyle changes will improve your quality of life, if only because it makes you more inclined to follow these recommendations:

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet suggested by your pulmonary rehabilitation dietitian.
  • Exercise to keep up your strength and lung function and to lower stress levels.
  • Get enough sleep to energize yourself and manage stress.
  • Relax.
  • Stay busy with activities you enjoy.
  • Stay away from situations that aggravate your breathing problems (air travel, high altitudes).

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