Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor for the disorder's most common symptom — shortness of breath. He or she may refer you to a doctor specializing in lung problems (pulmonologist).
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- What are your symptoms and when did they start?
- Have your symptoms stayed the same or gotten worse?
- What kind of work have you done in your career, starting from a young age through to the present? Be specific.
- Have you been involved in any home-remodeling projects or other building renovations occurring over a long period of time?
- Do you or did you smoke? If so, how much?
- What medications and supplements do you take?
You may want to bring along copies of past chest X-rays, so your doctor can directly compare old X-ray images with those from a current scan.
What to expect from your doctor
During the physical exam, your doctor will use a stethoscope to listen carefully to your lungs. He or she may hear a crackling sound if you have asbestosis.
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