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Carolyn-Mi
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Posted - Feb 05 2014 :  2:17:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone,
Here is a list of questions that you can ask your dr about as well as a few things that you can let him know. You can print this out and write your questions in.


Remember, Growing old is mandatory but Growing up is optional
And Laughter is still the best Medicine!


Carolyn-Mi


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10 Questions To Ask Your Doctor:


This Is A Suggested List Of Questions , Add your own to the list !


1. What is my diagnosis and how can I learn more about it?


2. What areas of my body can be affected by my condition? How?


3. What tests will you do to diagnose my problem? How safe are these
tests?


4. What is the likely course of my problem? What is the long-term
outlook?


5. What are my treatment options? Do I take treatments regularly or as
needed?


6. What can I do on my own to improve my condition?


7. I have certain special concerns (e.g. exercise, travel, work
environment,certain foods, pets, pregnancy, surgery, alternative medicines,
relative with serious outcomes with similar disease or medications). How do
these issues relate to my situation?


8. Regarding my medications, how much do I take and for how long? What
does this medication do and when will I feel/know that they are working?
What are the possible side effects of the medications and how should we monitor
for them (e.g. laboratory testing, blood pressure reading)? Will these
medications interact with the other medication that I am taking? What
happens if I forget to take it?


9. If my symptoms worsen, what should I do on my own? When should I
call your office versus going to the emergency room? What should I do late
at night?


10. If you have asthma, ask your doctor to give you an Asthma Care Plan
in writing.

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Thanks to Jean and Dave I have added the following questions to this list.

What do my spirometry or PFT results tell you about my specific situation?

What can I do to manage and control this chronic disease?

Do you recommend pulmonary rehab for me? If not, why not? What about a home exercise program?

If I have an increase in any of my symptoms, what should I do? Will you work with me via email or by phone instead of an office visit? What to do/not do when you are ill.

Others often have antibiotics and prednisone on hand; will you arrange that for me? If not, why not?

What would happen if I quit smoking today? What would happen if I don't quit smoking? What kind of damage does smoke do to my lungs, including 2nd-hand smoke?

Do explain prescribed meds and why, also that they may or may not help, that there are other meds that can also be tried, and the patient needs to let the doctor. know if the meds are helping and of any ill effects. The doctor. should tell patient that some of these meds may cause the shakes, pulse variations. (I think a patient can handle these better if they know to possibly expect them.)

When is it time to get yourself to the doctor (DON'T WAIT!).

Explain how the pulse oximeter works, and the differences in the results from the arterial blood gas test.

How much is too much of your "rescue" inhaler.


Remember:


Prepare ahead of time for the "routine" questions that doctors almost
always ask.
Prepare your own list of questions, in writing for the doctor.
Bring a copy of old pertinent records, if you have been seen by
specialists in the past.
Bring a list of medications that you have tried in the past and are
currently using.



Establishing an accurate diagnosis is key to proper treatments. You are
the most important person in this process by accurately describing to your
doctor the character, location, duration, and time of onset of your
symptoms. You should also inform your doctor about vitamins, herbs, and
medications you are taking. For example, long-term use of certain
vitamins and non-prescription medications may be the cause of your abnormal
liver tests; magnesium-containing antacids and supplements may be causing
your diarrhea; certain blood pressure pills can be the reason for your
constipation.






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