We discussed medications that may work to keep IPF from progressing as quickly. I also started pulmonary rehabilitation. I think it’s great—I’ve always believed that any exercise is good exercise.
I use oxygen on occasion. Sometimes I will go a week or more without needing the oxygen tank or the oxygen concentrator. Other times, I’ve used the oxygen more than once a day. Some of the people at my support group have talked about portable oxygen concentrators, so I’m looking into getting one of those. Maybe, with the concentrator and some planning, I will be able to travel with my wife the way we always planned we would.
From working with my doctor and pulmonary rehab specialist, and talking with people at the support group, I’ve learned what some of my triggers are. Simply avoiding things that cause me to cough has helped me have fewer attacks. Certain things, like strong odors, laughing, and sitting up from a lying position, really cause my coughing to increase.