When You Visit Your Doctor - Sarcoidosis


Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Have you had difficulty breathing? For how long? How far can you walk without feeling winded?
  • Do you ever have chest pain or tightness? If yes, is it related to activity?
  • Have you had a persistent cough? If yes, is your cough dry or do you produce sputum?
  • Do you suffer from fatigue or malaise?
  • Have you had any fevers?
  • Have you recently lost weight? If so, how much?
  • Do you have pain in your joints, bones, or muscles?
  • Have you noticed any lumps in your neck, armpits, or groin?
  • Have you noticed any rashes or changes in your skin?
  • Have you had blurry vision or watery eyes?
  • Have you ever had red or painful eyes or a past diagnosis of uveitis?
  • Do you smoke cigarettes?
  • Have you had an abnormal chest x-ray in the past?
  • Do you have a family history of sarcoidosis?
  • Are you taking any medications?
  • Have you ever been on steroids or any other treatment for you sarcoidosis?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Temperature, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate
  • Heart and lung exam
  • Joint exam
  • Skin exam
  • Lymph node exam

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Plain chest x-ray
  • Chest CT scan
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Bronchoscopy with lung biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • Formal eye exam

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