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Talking to Your Doctor About Hypothyroidism
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 opening 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 medicine 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
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Last reviewed March 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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