Hypothyroidism Questions to Ask Your Doctor
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Hypothyroidism Questions for Your Doctor
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with hypothyroidism. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Other Medical Problems
- Could my hypothyroidism be caused by another, more significant health problem?
- Will hypothyroidism lead to any further health problems for me?
- Could my hypothyroidism be passed on to my children?
- Which hormones will I need to take?
- Are there any symptoms or dangerous side effects that I should report to you?
- How soon after I begin treatment can I expect to have a normal level of thyroid hormone?
- How will I know if my level of thyroid hormone is stable?
- How soon will I start to feel better?
- Will synthetic hormones interact with any other medications or dietary supplements that I'm taking for other conditions?
- Is it safe for me to get pregnant and breastfeed while taking these hormones? Will I need a change in my medicine dosage during pregnancy?
- Are there any other treatment options? What about alternative and complementary approaches to treatment?
- Do I need to worry about gaining weight? Can you refer me to a registered dietitian or someone who can help me to control my weight?
- Should I take my thyroid pill with food or on an empty stomach?
- Does it matter if I take my thyroid pill in the morning or at night before bed?
- What is the possibility of my thyroid returning to normal function?
- How often do I need to see the doctor for follow-up care after my thyroid hormone level is normal?
- Will I gain weight?
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Hypothyroidism? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Hypothyroidism? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Hypothyroidism symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Hypothyroidism.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Hypothyroidism? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Hypothyroidism treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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