IPF and Pulmonary Rehab
I am new here so first, hi 🙂 I do not have IPF but a friend of mine does. FYI I do have early stage 4 emphysema so I am somewhat familiar with lung disease.
I am wondering if pulmonary rehab is normally offered to IPF patients at some point in the progression of the disease. I cannot understand why my friends pulmonologist will not offer her pulmonary rehab. We have discussed this a few times, she has asked but he simply tells her it won’t help. I can’t imagine why he would say don’t bother. Obviously it is not a cure, but the quality of life benefit of exercise is well documented, at least with COPD. Is there something different about IPF that would make PR a non-option? Or is her pulmonologist a non-option which is my gut feeling.
FYI Her heart is not an obstacle; she has done a stress test, echo, and cardio is all good. I don’t know her PFT details but she is clearly not in the end stage of the disease. That is not the situation.
Thanks for your input.