Preparing for an Asthma Appointment
You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, you may be referred to an allergist or a pulmonologist for further evaluation. Because appointments can be brief, it's a good idea to be well prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment with the Respiratory Specialists.
Write Down the Following
- Any symptoms you're having
- When did your symptoms start?
- What makes your symptoms worse? Note when your symptoms bother you the most
- What makes your symptoms better?
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you're taking.
Make a List of Questions
- Is asthma the most likely cause of my breathing problems?
- What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What's the best treatment?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
- I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
- Should I see a specialist?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?