At Your Appointment

Graves' Disease Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How often are you having symptoms? Are you having any new symptoms?
  • Have you noticed any changes with your eyes or vision, such as irritation, light sensitivity, pain, or blurry vision?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your skin, especially on your lower legs or feet?
  • Are you a smoker? Tell me about your smoking history, including how many years you have smoked and how many packs per day you smoke.
  • How often are you exercising? Tell me about the kinds of exercises you are doing.
  • Have you had a bone density test?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your menstrual cycle? Is there any chance you could be pregnant?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having unexplained weight loss, anxiety, trouble sleeping, sweating, or frequent bowel movements?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • What, if anything, makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Does anyone in your family have thyroid disease?
  • What other medical conditions do you have, including any autoimmune disorders?
  • What causes Graves' disease?
  • What are my treatment options? Which one do you think is best for me and why?
  • Which treatment is most effective at eliminating the health risks associated with Graves' disease?
  • What are the side effects or consequences of the treatment you are recommending?
  • What are the complications of Graves' disease?
  • What is the likelihood of developed eye problems related to Graves' disease? Can I do anything to prevent it?
  • What lifestyle changes can I make to optimize my Graves' disease treatment?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have Graves' disease?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • Do I have risk factors for Graves' disease?
  • How do you diagnose Graves' disease?
  • What treatments are available for Graves' disease?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
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Last Review Date: 2022 Nov 29
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