Talking to Your Doctor About Hypothyroidism
- 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. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask to have anything you don't understand repeated, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
- Could my hypothyroidism be caused by another, more important health problem?
- Will hypothyroidism cause any other health problems for me?
- Could my hypothyroidism be passed on to my children?
- Which medicine will I need to take?
- Are there any symptoms or dangerous side effects that I should report to you?
- How soon after I start treatment can I expect to have a normal level of thyroid hormone?
- How will I know if my thyroid hormone levels are stable?
- How soon will I start to feel better?
- Will my thyroid medicine 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 thyroid medicine? 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 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?
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- Reviewer: Kim Carmichael, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -