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When the fibrous tissues in the lung exceed their limit and start growing excessively, a chronic lung disease, known as pulmonary fibrosis occurs. Scarring of intestinal tissues is one of its primary characteristics. This scarring weakens the elasticity of the pulmonary tissues, thus thwarting the lung performance. Since these scars take the place of healthy tissues, breathing problems are to be expected. This article will discuss the life expectancy for people with pulmonary fibrosis as well as other information you should know to avoid the risks or prolong the expectancy.
The greatest adversity of pulmonary fibrosis lies in the fact that damage endured by the lungs is irreversible. Since it is a progressive disease, the lung tissue affected by scarring weakens over time.
Drug treatments have yet to prove effective when it comes to reversing the damage and since no treatment has been found, the life expectancy due to this disease is quite bleak, with two to five years being an average. This time-line is slightly flexible, as it depends on the rate of deterioration.
There is a wide host of factors that determines the life expectancy of patients suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. Factors such as general health, medical history and lifestyle, all play a part in shaping the prognosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is usually diagnosed in patients in their mid-forties and fifties, though this is not a rule of generalization, as children (6 to 8 years old) and senior citizens have also fallen prey to this disease. According to statistics, the mortality rate of pulmonary fibrosis is higher in men as compared to women. A few factors that help determine the prognosis are:
Patients diagnosed at a younger age tend to have a better prognosis. The result is also favorable if the disease is caught within a year of its development.
It makes perfect sense when assuming that the worse the scarring, the worse the extent of the disease. Thus, life expectancy is bound to be positive, if the damage done by the disease is lower at the start. An example of this lies in the breathing pattern. Since one of the main characteristics of pulmonary fibrosis is breathlessness, a more positive outcome can be expected if the breathing problems are moderate at the time of diagnosis.
You have probably seen people who make bizarre gestures with only one side of their face or with their neck. This condition is called hemifacial spams, also known as “tics” or “tic convulsive”. These cause muscle spasms that usually involve no pain whatsoever, and they do not suppose any sort of threat at all, but they are described as being uncomfortable by the people having them. They are also said to be quite disturbing and there is a likely tendency for them to become more frequent.
Hemifacial spasms affect both sexes equally, although it is less rare in middle-aged and older women, and it’s proven to also have a larger incidence among the Asian population too.
Hemifacial spams are rarely noticed by others right from the start. It’s a condition that develops very gradually, and at first it does not involve more than a little twitch that is rarely noticed or regarded as notable. It usually starts with a little twitching in the eyelid muscle that comes and goes.
If this symptom goes on, it then tends to spread to some muscles on the bottom part of the face, around the jaw and the mouth to be more specific. What may be observed in this stage is an intermittent moving of the jaw bone to one or either side. People have also reported to experience some sort of snapping noise inside the ear due to the jaw movement each time a muscle spasms takes place.