While cystic fibrosis (CF) can be a disabling, life-threatening disease, there are many exciting advances being made to improve life expectancy and quality of life for Massachusetts cystic fibrosis patients.
When CF is diagnosed early, it can be treated, and a good treatment plan can go a long way toward allowing sufferers to live fuller lives than was ever imagined 50 years ago. Lung and digestive problems are the primary effects of this disease. Treatments for lung problems might include:
- Antibiotics used to prevent and treat infections.
- Inhalers that help to open the airways.
- Enzyme therapy designed to thin the mucus created by the disease.
- Vaccines for flu and pneumonia given annually to prevent complications.
- Oxygen therapy, which is sometimes needed to ease breathing.
- Exercise, which has been associated with marked improvements in the condition.
Bowel problems caused by CF are also treatable. Some of these treatments are:
- Special diets that help with all aspects of the disease.
- Enzymes aimed at absorbing the fats and proteins that cause problems in the pancreas.
- Vitamins like A, D, E, and K, often used as supplements.
- Increased fluid intake, especially for babies and children to thin secretions.
While the prognosis for cystic fibrosis is still sometimes grim, most children today can live fairly healthy lives, attend school and participate in most activities. Many young adults with CF attend college and go on to employment. However, because it is an inherited disease that is usually diagnosed by the age of six months, the youngest CF patients require more care than other, healthier children. The parent of a CF child may not be able to work outside the home, and a young adult with CF may need extra income to live.
In cases like these, the Massachusetts disability experts at Keefe Disability Law can help you apply for and begin receiving Social Security disability benefits. Please call us toll free today at 888-904-6847 or fill out the confidential form on this page for a free case review.