Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating hormone disorders (endocrinologist).

Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.

What you can do

  • Write down your symptoms, even those that seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
  • Ask a family member or friend to accompany you, if possible. He or she may remember something you missed or forgot.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions may help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For hypoparathyroidism, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • Other than the most likely cause, what are other possible causes?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • How can I best manage this condition with my other health conditions?
  • Do I need to modify my diet?
  • Do you have brochures or other printed material I can take? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions you have.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Have you had recent surgery involving your neck?
  • Have you received radiation therapy to your head or neck or for treatment of thyroid problems?
  • Has anyone in your family had similar symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
May. 09, 2014

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