Talking to Your Doctor About Hyperthyroidism
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with hyperthyroidism. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some other tips that will make it easier to talk to your doctor:
- Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. They may also be able to give more details.
- Write down your questions so do you do not forget them.
- Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing.
- Ask for help if you need it. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Other Medical Problems
- How will hyperthyroidism and its treatment affect other medicines or herbs I am taking?
- How will hyperthyroidism and its treatment affect pregnancy and breastfeeding?
- What are the chances that my children will get this condition?
About Your Risk of Developing Hypothyroidism
- What is the risk of developing hypothyroidism with each of the treatment options?
- Will I gain weight?
About Treatment Options
- What are the pros and cons of antithyroid medicines, radioactive iodine treatment, and surgery?
- What are the cure rates for each of these treatments?
- What are the benefits and side effects?
- How soon after I begin treatment can I expect to have a normal level of thyroid hormone?
- What is the possibility of my thyroid returning to normal? How likely is my thyroid to become overactive again with each treatment option?
- How often do I need to be seen for follow-up care after my thyroid hormone level is normal?
- Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.
- Hyperthyroidism and thyrotoxicosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/hyperthyroidism-and-other-causes-of-thyrotoxicosis-37.
- Mark Arredondo, MD
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