Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Receiving Social Security Disability
The word pulmonary is used in reference to anything that has to do with your lungs. The word fibrosis has to do with scarring.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that occurs when your lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. When this happens, your lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff with pulmonary fibrosis. This makes it more difficult for your lungs to work like they ought to. You become more and more short of breath as pulmonary fibrosis becomes worse.
There are several types of pulmonary fibrosis. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is when no cause can be found for the disease.
The damage done to your lungs by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cannot be repaired. However, in some instances, medications and therapies may bring some relief to your signs and symptoms and improve your quality of life. A lung transplant may be helpful in some cases.
There are several things that can cause the damage to your lungs that results in pulmonary fibrosis. However, as mentioned above, no cause can be determined for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
This is what is meant by the term idiopathic. It is primarily used in medicine to refer to something that arises spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause.
There are risk factors that may increase your likelihood of getting idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. These include:
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The course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and how severe the signs and symptoms are vary substantially from person to person. There is also much variety in the signs and symptoms of this disease. You may become ill rapidly with severe signs and symptoms. Or, you may experience moderate signs and symptoms that progress over a period of months or years. Signs and symptoms are:
- Being a smoker
- Being middle-aged or older
- Using certain chemotherapy medications or having cancer radiation treatments to your chest
- Genetic factors because some forms of pulmonary fibrosis seem to run in families
- Working in farming, construction, or mining where you are exposed to pollutants.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other illnesses that you have in conjunction with this disease may have resulted in you or your loved ones disability and inability to work.
- A dry cough
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Aching joints and muscles.