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Hypothyroidism Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you still experiencing hypothyroid symptoms, such as fatigue, dry skin, constipation, thinning hair, weight gain, memory problems, or muscle weakness?
  • Have you had any nervousness, heart palpitations, diarrhea, insomnia, sweating, or heat intolerance?
  • How many times, if at all, have you missed a dose of your thyroid medicine?
  • Have you had a bone density test?
  • For women, are you pregnant, do you use hormonal contraception, or take hormone replacement therapy?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having fatigue, dry skin, constipation, thinning hair, weight gain, memory problems, or muscle weakness?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms continuous or do they come and go?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Does anyone in your family have thyroid disease?
  • Have you started, stopped or changed medications recently for any other health conditions?
  • What is your main concern about hypothyroidism?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have hypothyroidism? If so, what could have caused my thyroid to not produce enough hormone?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose hypothyroidism?
  • What are the complications of hypothyroidism?
  • What treatments are available for hypothyroidism?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • What is the most likely cause of my hypothyroidism?
  • What are my treatment options for hypothyroidism? Are there other doctors I need to see, like a cardiologist?
  • How will we know if my dose of thyroid medicine is correct?
  • What are the side effects of my thyroid medicine?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of my thyroid medicine?
  • How do my other medical conditions affect hypothyroidism and vice versa?
  • Are all versions of my thyroid medicines equivalent? Do you need to know if I switch drug manufacturers?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my thyroid or thyroid medicine?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my hypothyroidism?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 1
  1. Hueston WJ. Treatment of hypothyroidism. Am Fam Physician. 2001 Nov 15;64(10):1717-1725.
  2. Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

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