MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Dear Mr. lybrate-user, perfinidone is the mainstay treatment. In this condition, lung becomes like rope fibres, the size of the lungs reduces and hence there is difficulty in breathing (dam chadna) and cough is present. The above medication will halt the disease and prevents progress. Sadly no medicines available til now to reverse it. The only answer to this disease is lung transplantation. You can check few ipf groups on facebook. U can get few answers. There are trials going on, but the medicines available right now are pirfenidone and nintedanib (shown better results ).
MCh(Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery), MS - Surgical, MBBS
General Surgeon, Guwahati
Really difficult to answer your question. Interstitial Lung disease and Chronic Kidney Disease are two morbidities which cripples life. Though they are incurable, it is difficult to predict how long the patient will survive. it depends upon the body energy store.