Do I Have Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Hello to all.
I am a 45 y.o. male, who has had Ankylosing Spondylitis (Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine/rib cage) for 20 years. Two years ago, I started getting a very faint wheeze from my right lung when inhaling hard. After inhaling hard 2 or 3 times, it would disappear. Being a typical male, I ignored it as it would come and go and seemed so trivial.
A month ago, the wheezing started getting worse, quite often happening with normal breathing, and occasionally happens in the left lung too. I also get mucus in my throat, especially if I make myself breathe in and out hard. When in bed, the wheezing seems to disappear. Sometimes my throat seems slightly sore, like a very mild throat infection. Occasionally I get a dry cough, coughing once or twice stops it. This happens once every 2 or 3 days, so infrequently it doesn't bother me.
I don't have shortness of breath, unless I walk fast up hills. Normal walking or other activities don't cause shortness of breath. Sometimes, my fingertips seem a bit blue. I have lost weight, but this may be down to the fact that I started a starch free diet 3 months ago to help ease the AS symptoms.
My doctor sent me for a chest xray last week, which came back normal. I'm seeing the doc again on Monday, presumably he will refer me to a lung specialist.
I am going through hell thinking I have pulmpnary fibrosis. Does anyone have experience of this? Is it possible I have PF? What else could it be?
I'm scared, as PF is a death sentence. Any advice much appreciated.