You have a unique medical history. It is important to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with hypothyroidism. You can take an active role in your care if you talk openly and regularly with your doctor.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
If available, bring all your radiology records (thyroid ultrasounds, nuclear medication thyroid scan and/or uptake), lab tests of thyroid function, and treatments. Plan ahead and contact previous doctors to collect and gather this information to bring it with you. Bring a current medication list with names and doses.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Other Medical Problems
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/hypothyroidism. Updated August 2016. Accessed February 20, 2017.
Hypothyroidism in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115914/Hypothyroidism-in-adults. Updated July 12, 2016. Accessed February 20, 2017.
Tips for talking to your doctor. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated May 2014. Accessed February 20, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by James P. Cornell, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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