There are things you can do to help you manage your IPF:
Work with your health-care team to manage and understand your IPF
It is important to work with your family doctor or respirologist (lung specialist) to find the best treatment for you. Not all medications will work for everyone. Your doctor knows your medical history and will be able to determine if medication is an option for you.
Here are some things to talk to your health-care team about:
Prepare a written list of the questions you want to ask. Put the most important questions at the top of your list.
Take notes as the doctor is answering your questions. If you don’t understand the doctor’s answers, ask for more details.
Show the doctor a written list of all your symptoms. Be honest.
Bring along all your medications (including herbal remedies).
If you’re not sure you’re taking your medications correctly, ask your doctor to review it with you.
Bring a friend or relative to your appointment. He/she can help you remember details and also take notes for you.