Talking to Your Doctor About Hypothyroidism
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with hypothyroidism. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can make the best choices for you and your family.
General Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Plan ahead and collect your radiology records, lab tests, and treatment records to bring with you. Bring a current medicine list with names and doses.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Other Health Problems
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2019