"Dr. Pucci didn't listen to me and essentially blew me and the spirometry testing results off. He asked if I had a runny nose and I answered "yes". He launched into his diagnosis of allergic asthma rather than COPD without asking me about my allergies, how severe (not at all) they are. Just because I'm a never smoker, I don't think it's OK that I'm completely winded after walking up a flight of stairs or 500' on a flat surface. He heard I'm a skier but didn't ask how much I ski and if my performance has declined or become more difficult. Yes, I get out and exercise until it literally hurts my lungs because I want to stave off COPD progression. He didn't even ask. Totally didn't listen to a word I said. It's like he wishes it was a bygone time where there were no well informed, engaged, patients who actually do participate in their healthcare decision and don't just blindly accept whatever pronouncement is made by the doctor. "
Pulmonology is a subspecialty that focuses on complex diseases of the lungs. In order to diagnose and treat lung disorders, a pulmonologist may also examine the chest, nose, throat, or heart. However, the main function of pulmonology is to make sure the lungs are functioning well.
Some of the diseases and disorders that might be treated by a pulmonologist include:
Mesothelioma and other lung cancers
A pulmonologist often uses pulmonary function tests, such as spirometry, to measure how well the lungs are able to move air in and out. Pulmonologists are trained to take surgical samples and biopsies when needed, but they do not typically perform surgery. Pulmonologists may provide consultations to other doctors, acute care for sudden illnesses, or regular care for patients with long-term lung disorders.