Since bronchiectasis has symptoms that are so similar to other lung conditions, physicians sometimes have difficulty reaching a conclusive diagnosis. One of the best ways patients can help with this is to take a collaborative approach, especially by coming to their appointments prepared to answer questions about symptoms and discuss the risk factors that could be contributing to your condition.
It can also be helpful to have a basic understanding of the diagnostic process. This will help you be more at ease and know what to expect as you work with your physician to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, whether it is bronchiectasis or another condition.
When you make an appointment with your doctor regarding symptoms like shortness of breath, persistent coughing or chest pains, he or she will likely take the following diagnostic steps:
Keeping a log of your symptoms and activities can be highly beneficial as you work to reach a diagnosis. Any information you can provide to your doctor can be helpful in reaching a diagnosis of bronchiectasis or ruling out another condition.
If bronchiectasis is determined to be the underlying cause of symptoms, there are effective treatment options that can offer relief. This includes medication, oxygen therapy, lung rehabilitation exercises and working with your doctor to develop a wellness plan to promote lung health.
At Lung Health Institute, we are world-recognized leaders in the field of regenerative treatment for conditions including bronchiectasis. With our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ wellness plans and our cellular therapy, we can help you restore lung functioning and find relief from debilitating symptoms.
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This easy-to-understand guide can help you gain a better understanding of bronchiectasis and how it affects lung function.
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