... drugs)? The hypothesis is that surfactant (which keeps the alveoli in your lungs inflated) needs cholesterol, so if it is inhibited the alveoli collapse and you get fibrosis
Haven't heard that before, but that doesn't mean anything at all. My cholesterol has always been a low number, not that I deserve it from what I eat - genetics. I was diagnosed 6 years ago and the disease was confirmed by open biopsy. I'm on 3L. of oxygen, take 10-15mg prednisone and it works for me. It started with a weird pneumonia and I haven't been too bad, really. When I get an URI, my doctors medicate me ASAP and I end up needing to take the antibiotic 2X longer than is recommended for normal people. But so far, so good. I can't tell if I'm deteriorating now or just out of shape and need some therapy, but I don't seem to have as much energy as I used to. I'm 62.
Last visit to the doctor included blood work to detect any signs of autoimmune disease. I'll keep you posted.
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