Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pneumoconiosis | American Lung Association

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pneumoconiosis

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor.

  • Did exposure to a dust affect my lungs?  What kinds of dusts may have caused a problem, and how can I avoid them?
  • Am I at risk for pneumoconiosis? Do my job and work environment put me at risk?
  • If I am at risk for pneumoconiosis, what kind of testing should I have?
  • What symptoms should I look for if I am worried about pneumoconiosis?
  • If I have pneumoconiosis, how often do I need to come to the doctor?
  • How often do I need to have breathing tests or chest X-rays?
  • Should I use oxygen?
  • How will having pneumoconiosis affect my life expectancy?
  • Should I have a pneumonia vaccine and a flu shot?  When and where can I get these vaccines?
  • What kind of exercise could I do to help me get or stay in shape?
  • Would pulmonary rehabilitation be a good idea for me?
  • Am I at a healthy weight? What is a healthy weight for me?
  • How can I stop smoking? What treatments or support are available to me?

    This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.


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