Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your primary care doctor suspects a serious lung problem, you're likely to be referred to a pulmonologist, a doctor who specializes in lung disorders.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you might want to write a list that answers the following questions:

  • What are your symptoms and when did they start?
  • Are you receiving treatment for any other medical conditions?
  • What medications and supplements have you taken in the past five years?
  • Do you smoke? If so, how much and for how long?
  • What are all the occupations you've ever had, even if only for a few months?
  • Do any members of your family have a chronic lung disease of any kind?
  • Have you ever received chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer?
  • Do you have any other medical conditions, especially arthritis?

You might also want to have a friend or family member accompany you to the appointment. Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious and complex disease. A friend or family member can provide emotional support and help remember information that you may have forgotten or missed. It is OK to take some notes.

Mar. 18, 2014