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My brother whos in his early 70s has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. He actually is currently totally symptoms free. He has no cough, no weezing, no breathlessness.
This problem was discovered by accident during a routine checkup for his hypertension. The doctor heard a velcro sound in his lungs and ordered an xray. On checking he reffered him to a lung specialist.
The thing is, just 2 years ago his xray was clear. The x ray now shows parts of the lungs covered by by a lighter color. he's been scheduled for a CT scan 3 weeks from now for confirmation. The doc seems to be certain its idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis ( IPF) even before the CT.
A check on the internet shows a really scary prognosis.
My question is : Can they really tell at this stage?
Is it necessary to start the meds if there are no symptoms. The problem is he cannot communicate cause he's autistic making it hard to tell side effect. The doc expressed that concern.
Has anyone tried serrapeptase which seems to help or any other supplements. Curcumin perhaps which is anti inflamatory?
The CT and doc appointment is 3 weeks from now. Maybe we can try some of this in the meantime.
What blood test would be necessary.
We're new to this. Any thoughts and advice will be appreciated.
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