If you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your doctor will be one of your best resources. Though there is no known cure for the disease, there are a number of treatments, therapies and lifestyle changes that may help improve your quality of life while dealing with COPD. Talking to your doctor about COPD may be a challenge for some patients, so here are some tips that may make talking to your doctor about COPD an easier task.
Tip #1: Write Down Questions, Ask Them and Ask Often
As a patient dealing with COPD, you are your own best advocate, and one of the best things you can do to have a positive interaction with your doctor is ask him or her questions. Several things that may make asking your doctor questions about your COPD easier. These things include:
- Do some research about COPD
- Write down your questions about the disease, treatments, prognosis, etc.
- Make sure you ask your doctor your questions
The last suggestion may be especially difficult for some patients, but it is okay to bring someone with you and have them ask the questions.
Tip #2: Write It All Down Or Have Someone Do It For You
Information is a vital component when dealing with any disease, and COPD is not an exception. Your doctor is an excellent source of information about your condition, so you should be sure to make use of this resource. However, most of us will not be able to remember everything our doctor tells us, so it is important to write things down. Writing things down will help you to remember things your doctor said, allow you to refer to your notes later and help you form questions about prescribed medications, symptoms and lifestyle changes, to name a few. If you are not a good note-taker, you can always ask a family member or friend to come to your doctor’s appointment to take notes for you.
Tip #3: Talk to Your Doctor About Other Resources for COPD
While your doctor may be your primary resource for information, treatments, lifestyle change advice, etc. for dealing with COPD, you can also talk to him or her about other healthcare professionals that may be able to assist you. Other healthcare professionals that your doctor may encourage you to talk to include:
- Respiratory therapists
- Healthcare equipment specialists
Utilizing all of your resources for dealing with COPD may make it easier to find ways to cope with the disease.
Lung Health Institute Can Be An Alternative Resource for You
At Lung Health Institute, we make it our mission to provide patients with lung disorders like COPD with the most up-to-date information about their disease. Information we can help you find includes things such as treatment information and resources for support.
To find out how we can help you with your COPD questions, contact our team at Lung Health Institute today.