Are you planning to attend a pulmonologist in the near future?
Here are 10 of the most important questions to ask your pulmonary care team about your lung condition during your visit and subsequent treatment (if required).
- Do you suspect my symptoms are related to an obstructive lung issue, such as asthma or COPD, or to a restrictive lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer?
- What is the name of the lung disease you suspect is responsible for causing my respiratory symptoms? Is this condition known by any other names?
- What types of diagnostic tests will be performed to confirm or rule out this diagnosis (e.g., pulmonary function tests, chest X-ray, CT scan)?
- Will the results of these tests be available immediately? If not, how long will it take to get the results? Should I call, or will someone contact me?
- Is my condition acute or chronic? Is it congenital (hereditary) or related to smoking or my environment? Is there a cure for this lung disease?
- What complications may develop as a result of my condition?
- What will be the course of treatment? Can my condition be controlled with medication, such as inhalers, cough medicines or antibiotics?
- What are the common side effects of these medications and what should I do if I experience severe side effects?
- Where can I find more information about my lung disease?
- Can you recommend a local or online support group for patients with lung disease?
Good communication between the patient and his or her pulmonary physician plays an important role in managing conditions that affect the respiratory tract.
Print out this sheet and take it with you to your appointment to ensure all of your questions are answered by your pulmonary physician.
To schedule your consultation, schedule your appointment request here or call (407) 539-2766.