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Pulmonary Fibrosis fears??

Zoeb23

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For a few months now I've had excess phlegm in my throat, and I very occasionally cough. I did have an issue with post nasal drip for a few years that caused my nose to itch like crazy, but it eventually cleared up. But sometimes I'm slightly out of breath, not panting or anything, and just always feeling and swallowing phlegm in my throat, so now I've convinced myself I have pulmonary fibrosis. Idk what to do and I'm so terrified
 

TDS74

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For a few months now I've had excess phlegm in my throat, and I very occasionally cough. I did have an issue with post nasal drip for a few years that caused my nose to itch like crazy, but it eventually cleared up. But sometimes I'm slightly out of breath, not panting or anything, and just always feeling and swallowing phlegm in my throat, so now I've convinced myself I have pulmonary fibrosis. Idk what to do and I'm so terrified
I have very similar symptoms!!! Please let me know how you make out? Diagnosis?
 

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Hi Zoeb23. My mother died from pulmonary fibrosis and I currently have a good friend who is probably half-way through his battle with it. Pulmonary fibrosis involves hardening of the lining of the lungs. If your blood oxygen level holds at 96 or higher when resting, it's been my experience that you don't have pulmonary fibrosis. The only way to diagnose it is via a lung biopsy. Neither my mother or my friend had/have a nagging cough and neither ever smoked. There can be a hereditary component with some cases of this fatal disease. If you have serious concerns about having it, just keep track of your sitting O2 level during your next doctor's visit. If it's below 96 ask for additional testing.
 
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