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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried it may be COPD.
  • I have COPD, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have COPD, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried it may be COPD.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 29, 2018

  1. Do my symptoms mean I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
  2. What happens to the lungs when someone has COPD?
  3. Are there tests for COPD? Will they show how seriously my lungs are affected?
  4. Are there treatments for COPD?
  5. Is there a cure for COPD?
  6. If I smoke, what's the best way to try to quit?
  7. Do I need to get any specific vaccines because of my COPD?

I have COPD, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 29, 2018

  1. How do I know if my treatment for COPD is working?
  2. Besides not smoking, what else can I do to protect my lungs?
  3. Can I safely increase my activity level?
  4. What should I do if the symptoms of COPD suddenly worsen?
  5. Do I need to worry about getting a cold, the flu, or pneumonia?
  6. Do I need any specific vaccines right now because of my COPD?

I have COPD, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 29, 2018

  1. Are my symptoms a sign that my COPD is getting worse?
  2. Should I change COPD treatments?
  3. Will I need oxygen therapy?
  4. Will I need surgery, and what does it involve?
  5. What else can I do to slow the course of my COPD?
  6. Should I be getting any specific vaccines?