On my first visit to my Pulmonologist, he sat and talked with me for an extended period of time. He did a thorough health history first. He discussed all areas of my heath, what my asthmatic symptoms were, what medications were, what had worked/not worked, when my symptoms were worse, asked other related questions, etc... He also discussed what I was doing preventatively as well. He then did a bit of a physical with the focus on listening to my lungs. He also had me do a chest x-ray on-site as well.
After my exam, he also scheduled me for Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT's) as well. During that test, they have you blow repeatedly into a tube in various ways in order to get a sense of how the lungs are functioning. I had a follow-up appointment with him after those results came in.
I left my first appointment with a detailed individual asthma action plan as well. (If you are interested in info about asthma action plans, I have a couple previous posts detailing what they typically look like.) If you have asthma and the Pulmonologist dosn't offer you an asthma action plan, then make a point of asking for one. They are extremely important in helping you manage your asthma.
I think your pulmonologist will be able to advise you on the scuba diving once he has examined you, learned more about your concerns and done any testing they feel necessary. I know many people with asthma are able to scuba dive when their asthma is under control.
Keep us posted on how you are doing.
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