At one time or another, people with COPD think about various tough questions that can be hard to discuss with anyone. If you find yourself wondering about any of these questions, discuss them with your doctor. Print this page or use a sheet of paper to write down your tough questions
Some of the Tough Questions
Although your doctor is unlikely to be able to give you exact answers to these questions, he or she should be able to give you enough information to help put your mind at ease, and to find other sources of help, information and support. Some of the questions we have heard include:
- "Will there come a time when I can't take care of myself and need to be in a nursing home?"
- "How long do I have to live?"
- "What is it like to die of COPD? Will it hurt? Will it feel like I'm drowning?"
Issues to Bring Up With Your Doctor
In addition to discussing the tough questions with your doctor, there are many other issues regarding your life with COPD that you should bring up with your doctor. Below is a list of issues we think is important for you to discuss with your doctor. Feel free to add your own issues to the categories.
Medication or Treatment Issues
- Problems or issues relating to my oxygen
- When to take medications
- When to stop taking medications
- How to use inhalers
- Side effects
- Diet and exercise programs
- Sleeping problems
- Quitting smoking
- The future
- Memory changes
- Emotional changes
- Fears and coping questions
- Signs of depression