Posted by Galen Jackson on March 09, 2004 at 08:38:34:
In Reply to: Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis posted by Kerry Gibbons on March 04, 2004 at 21:43:09:
I'm a registered respiratory therapist, and I work with quite a few different respiratory diseases. The primary difference between asthma/bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis is that the former are inflammatory-type conditions, which might likely see improvement from MSM, where IPF is a type of destruction of pulmonary architecture which prevents exchange of gases across the tissue in the lungs. I'm sorry to tell you that it is not a reversible condition. However, there may be a component of his lung disease that is inflammatory (therefore somewhat reversible), so MSM may help with that portion of his symptoms. It's certainly worth a try; it won't hurt, and anything you can do to help relieve his work of breathing will help him feel less anxious. I hope it helps.
Galen, RRT, RCP
: I don't have any information specifically about this condition. However, MSM has been reported to have helped other lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis so there is a chance that your father-in-law may see some improvement just from other lung improvements.
: : My father-in-law has been diagnosed with this disease....he comes down with pneumonia every year and he is presently on oxygen....he is 70 years old...any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
: : Thanks
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