Five Things to Ask Your Doctor About at Your Next Appointment
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs can be beneficial to those living with COPD. These group classes teach participants about their lungs through a variety of programs and exercises. Not only will patients strengthen their breathing muscles and learn efficient breathing techniques, they will also get the chance to connect with others living with COPD. Ask your doctor about where to find a class and how to get signed up.
Respiratory diseases, such as a pneumonia or the flu, can be very serious to those living with COPD, and vaccinations can help you stay healthy. Talk to your doctor about what vaccines you should get and how often. And, ask about tips to avoid colds and other diseases, such as routinely washing your hands and avoiding large crowds.
Ask your doctor about what worsening COPD feels and looks like. Talk to them about specifics strategies you can implement if you are having an exacerbation, which could help prevent hospitalization. Bring this COPD Management Plan to the doctor’s office so you know what to do based on the symptoms you are having.
Medications are sometimes necessary to manage COPD, but only if they are used correctly. If your doctor has prescribed you an inhaler or nebulizer, show your doctor how you are using them, even if you have had them for a long time. It’s always best to ensure that you using these devices correctly so you will get the most from them.
Other Management Tips
There are a lot of other things you can do to manage your COPD, such as getting regular exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and joining a support group. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to ensure a good quality of life while living with COPD.