Diseases Home > Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Shortness of breath and a dry, hacking cough that does not go away are the most common pulmonary fibrosis symptoms. As the disease progresses, other symptoms that may occur include loss of appetite, fatigue, and discomfort in the chest. In severe cases, symptoms can be significantly worse and may include congestive heart failure, respiratory failure, and strokes.
- Shortness of breath. This is more common with exercise early on, but as the fibrosis worsens, it may occur at rest and/or during sleep.
- A chronic, dry, hacking cough that does not respond to cold medicines.
- Discomfort in the chest
- Loss of appetite
- A general ill feeling (malaise)
- Weight loss
- Joint or muscle aches
- Clubbing (a build-up of tissue at the end of the fingers or toes).