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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
my lung function tests have been around 70%. It has been about 9 years since i was diagnosed with scleroderma. i now have what i call the old mans cough. i have to clear my lungs in the morning. it`s not a daily thing but i never used to do this at all. my doc said "me too" when i said i was concerned about this. should i be concerned? is my remission over or is this what happens over time with the lung damage that has occurred?
Scleroderma can cause several kinds of lung disease including pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and acid reflux with aspiration. Throat clearing in the morning is often a sign of acid reflux. It would be a good idea to speak with your doctor about whether this is a possibility.
James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University