Re: What Are The Early Signs Of Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Many thanks Asadian for taking the time to reply.
I was already aware before these lung (?) symptoms started that I may have reduced lung capacity/movement. This is because the AS has affected my ribs to some extent or other for approx 15 years. The spiro tests my doctor arranged recently confirmed this.
Strange thing is, I don't really suffer from shortness of breath. I walk a couple of miles most days, and make myself walk fast as well. Yes, I do get a bit puffed after really going for it up big hills, but at 45, never been an athlete, and some AS chest restriction it's only to be expected.
Other Symptoms - yes, the wheezing has worsened a bit over time. It's not there under normal shallow breathing, but I don't have to inhale/exhale too hard to make it happen. It is definitely more pronounced. I have lost weight, but this was at the same time as I experimented with a starch-free diet, so may be coincidental. Sometimes, I clear my throat a lot, as mucus is present, especially if I lie on my side in bed. Lying on my back in bed makes the wheezing disappear. Also, sometimes, I feel like my trachea area and throat is inflamed/irritated. No blue lips, no o2 sats done yet.
I'm having sleepless nights, worrying what it could be. The knowledge that UK waiting lists are long, even for a first specialist appointment don't help.
Sorry for the essay, I really appreciate your help. I'm also keen to hear from PF patients, especially details of early symptoms.