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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What treatments are you taking (if any) for hypothyroidism? (Optional)


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Most important questions to ask about Hypothyroidism

Top 10 Questions about Hypothyroidism

  1. What is hypothyroidism and what causes it?
  2. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  3. What is the goal for my TSH level, and do I need to use the same lab each time I go for testing?
  4. What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
  5. What are my treatment options for hypothyroidism?
  6. What should I do if my hypothyroid symptoms get worse?
  7. What can I expect from my hypothyroid medication and how long will it take to start working?
  8. What symptoms could I have if my dose is too high and what should I do if I experience them?
  9. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my hypothyroid medication?
  1. What is hypothyroidism and what causes it?
  2. Is hypothyroidism curable or controllable?
  3. How will hypothyroidism affect my daily life and long-term health?
  4. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  5. What is the goal for my TSH level, and do I need to use the same lab each time I go for testing?
  6. Are there any symptoms of hypothyroidism that should alert me to call you?
  7. Are my children at risk of developing hypothyroidism?
  8. What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
  9. What are the risk factors for hypothyroidism?
  10. Could my hypothyroid symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  11. How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
  12. Can my primary care doctor diagnose hypothyroidism or will I need to see a specialist?
  13. How will you know which type of hypothyroidism I have?
  14. What are my treatment options for hypothyroidism?
  15. Why isn't a natural thyroid product better than a synthetic hormone replacement?
  16. What should I do if my hypothyroid symptoms get worse?
  17. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my hypothyroidism?
  18. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  19. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  20. What can I expect from my hypothyroid medication and how long will it take to start working?
  21. What symptoms could I have if my dose is too high and what should I do if I experience them?
  22. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  23. How long will I need to take my hypothyroid medication?
  24. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my hypothyroid medication?
  25. Should I contact you if my pharmacy dispenses my thyroid medication from a different manufacturer?
  26. Are there medications or foods that can affect how my hypothryoid medication works?
  27. If I become pregnant, how will it affect my hypothyroid medication?
  28. What is hypothyroidism and what causes it?
  29. Is hypothyroidism curable or controllable?
  30. How will hypothyroidism affect my daily life and long-term health?
  31. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  32. What is the goal for my TSH level, and do I need to use the same lab each time I go for testing?
  33. Are there any symptoms of hypothyroidism that should alert me to call you?
  34. Are my children at risk of developing hypothyroidism?
  35. What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
  36. What are the risk factors for hypothyroidism?
  37. Could my hypothyroid symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  38. How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
  39. Can my primary care doctor diagnose hypothyroidism or will I need to see a specialist?
  40. How will you know which type of hypothyroidism I have?
  41. What are my treatment options for hypothyroidism?
  42. Why isn't a natural thyroid product better than a synthetic hormone replacement?
  43. What should I do if my hypothyroid symptoms get worse?
  44. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my hypothyroidism?
  45. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  46. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  47. What can I expect from my hypothyroid medication and how long will it take to start working?
  48. What symptoms could I have if my dose is too high and what should I do if I experience them?
  49. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  50. How long will I need to take my hypothyroid medication?
  51. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my hypothyroid medication?
  52. Should I contact you if my pharmacy dispenses my thyroid medication from a different manufacturer?
  53. Are there medications or foods that can affect how my hypothryoid medication works?
  54. If I become pregnant, how will it affect my hypothyroid medication?

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Top 10 Questions about Hypothyroidism

  1. What is hypothyroidism and what causes it?
  2. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  3. What is the goal for my TSH level, and do I need to use the same lab each time I go for testing?
  4. What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
  5. What are my treatment options for hypothyroidism?
  6. What should I do if my hypothyroid symptoms get worse?
  7. What can I expect from my hypothyroid medication and how long will it take to start working?
  8. What symptoms could I have if my dose is too high and what should I do if I experience them?
  9. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my hypothyroid medication?

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