Common symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are fatigue, a dry cough and a drop in body weight, according to Cleveland Clinic. Patients may also feel short of breath during or after exercise or other physical exertion. These symptoms usually develop incrementally and often go unnoticed in the early stages of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Failure of the right side of the heart is another idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis symptom, reports Cleveland Clinic. Patients with heart failure may also experience swelling in the legs.
The symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the severity of each symptom and the progression of the disease can vary among patients. Patients often experience muscle aches and pains in the joints. They may also lose weight without making diet or exercise changes.
Some idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients develop wide, rounded fingertips, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This condition, which is called clubbing, can also occur on the toes.
In addition to exercise-induced shortness of breath, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients may experience rapid, shallow breathing, notes the American Lung Association. Both breathing problems tend to become more severe as time passes; eventually, patients may feel short of breath when they are resting.