Whether you just found out you have COPD or you have been living with it for years, there is a good change that you will end up talking to a specialist at some point. Here are a few things that you may find helpful when you are preparing and talking with a specialist about your chronic lung disease condition.
Timing may be shorter.
A specialist may already have your general health information, test results and know your symptoms. So, the length of the appointment may be shorter than other appointments that you have experienced.
Ask for more information.
Getting additional written materials or online resources can help give you more information. Ask the specialist what they recommend for more information.
Make sure you understand.
Because you may see a specialist at the beginning or years into your condition, your knowledge level may vary. If something is confusing, be sure to speak up. Say things such as, “Can you explain more about the condition you say that I have? I don’t know anything about that,” or “If I do experience the symptoms you mention, what should I do? How can I remedy them?”
Keep everyone in the loop.
Ask the specialist if they will follow up with your primary physician about your visit and the information that you and the specialist discussed. Your doctor should be aware of what the specialist recommended. When you do see your physician again, make sure to remind them of your visit with the specialist, how it went, and how the treatments they prescribed are working.
NIH Senior Health. Accessed 1/20/16