Preparing for your appointment

Because sarcoidosis normally involves the lungs, you may be referred to a lung specialist (pulmonologist) to manage your care.

What you can do

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor:

  • Write down your symptoms, including when they started and how they may have changed or worsened over time.
  • Take a list of all your medications, vitamins or supplements.
  • Write down your key medical information, including other diagnosed conditions.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

What to expect from your doctor

Be ready to answer questions your doctor may ask:

  • What types of symptoms are you experiencing? When did they start?
  • Have you ever been exposed to environmental toxins, perhaps in a manufacturing or farming job?
  • Do you know if anyone in your family has ever had sarcoidosis?
  • What types of medical conditions have you had in the past?
  • What types of medications or supplements do you take?
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