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Living With Interstitial Lung Disease

Living with Interstitial Lung Disease

Living with interstitial lung disease (ILD), such as pulmonary fibrosis or pneumoconiosis, presents many challenges. For example, pulmonary fibrosis scars the lungs and causes the intricate passageways to thicken and harden. Common interstitial lung disease symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue and a dry cough. The type, severity progression of ILD symptoms varies from person to person.

Many people living with interstitial lung disease come to us after hearing there isn’t much hope or when their current ILD treatment plan isn’t working to its fullest. From navigating the healthcare industry to understanding your condition, it’s often difficult to feel like yourself. Cellular treatment for interstitial lung disease works to promote healing from within the lungs and may have the potential to improve quality of life. Here are some of our patients’ stories about living with interstitial lung disease and their cellular therapy reviews.

What is it like living with interstitial lung disease?

Living with Interstitial Lung Disease

Poynter K. says that living with an interstitial lung disease made it difficult for him to walk only 20 feet. Like many people with lung disease, he used supplemental oxygen.

Joseph O. has pulmonary fibrosis, which is a common form of interstitial lung disease. He had to use oxygen 24/7 and had difficulty walking up a flight of stairs. Joseph found it hard to have a conversation while standing. In fact, he had to sit down at the sink when he brushed his teeth. Joseph says that it was horrible.

Don C. has two different types of chronic lung disease. He has pulmonary fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is categorized as an obstructive lung disease, and interstitial lung disease is a restrictive lung disease. Don relied on supplemental oxygen around the clock. For him, getting out of bed became a challenge.

How do our patients feel after cellular therapy?

After his cellular therapy, living with interstitial lung disease changed for Poynter. To his surprise, he started to see a difference within a week or two. He feels so much better that he doesn’t use his oxygen therapy anymore. Now, Poynter can walk the 100 feet down his driveway to pick up the paper and the 100 feet back to his house without even noticing it.

Joseph’s improvement was gradual after cellular therapy. Over time, he felt better and became more active. He can walk a flight of stairs without having to stop to catch his breath, and his blood oxygen levels have improved. Before treatment, Joseph’s oxygen levels stayed in the 80s even with his supplemental oxygen. Now, his oxygen levels remain steady around 98-99, and he no longer uses his oxygen therapy.

Don’s doctors and specialists recommended a lung transplant, but after researching the pros and cons for the procedure, he decided to try something less invasive. Following Don’s cellular therapy, his lung function improved from 30 to 34 percent. He no longer needs oxygen therapy.

What are their friends and family saying?

Living with Interstitial Lung Disease

Poynter’s family and friends have noticed a great difference in his health. People keep telling him that they see a tremendous difference since his treatment.

Joseph’s family and friends are impressed with his improvement. They tell him it’s a miracle and that he looks reborn. He says they have been jumping up and down with joy.

Don’s wife was skeptical at first, but now she sees how well he’s doing and says, “Wow!” Don and his wife are glad he’s feeling better. They look forward to his continued improvement.

What are our patients’ cellular therapy review?

Poynter says he was impressed with the Lung Institute staff and the procedure, and he described his overall experience as exceptional.

Joseph has had other kinds of major medical procedures, so he understands why people would be worried about trying a new procedure. For Joseph, living with pulmonary fibrosis means living with interstitial lung disease. However, after his treatment, living with his pulmonary condition changed completely. He’s glad he gave cellular therapy a try. As Joseph says, “I’m so glad I made the decision to do what I did. I feel fine.”

Don says his life is better now, and he’s amazed at how well he can breathe.

If you or someone you love is living with interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumoconiosis or another type of chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about your cellular therapy options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.

Each patient is different. Results may vary.