In simple terms, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs that, over time, can destroy the normal lung and make it hard for oxygen to get into your blood. Watch video.
Talk to your doctor about pulmonary fibrosis. Ask your doctor to listen for crackles in your lungs, and about pulmonary function and/or high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) tests to help facilitate a clear diagnosis. A referral to a pulmonologist—a lung specialist—may be necessary. You can find a local pulmonologist through the PFF Care Center Network, which includes centers with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Be persistent and advocate for your health.