Over the last decade the price of medicines has increased dramatically. Even old generic medications now cost $50-100/month whereas they previously cost $4-10/month. Patients are asked to spend more and more money everywhere they turn. Copays have increased, deductibles have increased and out of pocket maximums have increased. When you pick up medications at your pharmacy … [Read more...]
How Do I Know if I Have Chosen A Good IPF Doctor?
I am a bit paranoid when it comes to taking my car to the mechanic. I know almost nothing about cars and feel vulnerable. As a result, I do a lot of homework. I read reviews from other customers, check the better business bureau and make sure the mechanics are certified. This certainly does not guarantee that I will receive honest capable service but I hope … [Read more...]
IPF and Pulmonary Embolism: Is there a Connection?
A pulmonary embolism, or PE, involves a blood clot that breaks loose from another area of the body and travels to the lungs. Some research indicates that having pulmonary fibrosis increases a person’s risk of developing a pulmonary embolism as a result of venous thromboembolism (VTE). What is a Pulmonary Embolism? A VTE is a blood clot that develops in a vein. In many cases, … [Read more...]
Busting Influenza Myths: Get Your Flu Shot!
It is that time of year again. Summer is fading. The temperature is starting to drop and we are already seeing cases of influenza (Flu). It is time to get your flu shot (influenza vaccination). Each year I write about the importance of getting this easy preventative measure. In my office starting in September we try and make sure that every patient is vaccinated. An ounce … [Read more...]
7 Things to Know About Pulmonary Fibrosis Prognosis
If you received a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, you might have several questions. Many people have questions about symptoms they may experience and treatment options. Although it may be something you don’t want to discuss, it’s also common to wonder about your life expectancy. Understanding the facts and getting the correct info can help decrease fears. Consider the … [Read more...]