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:
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- 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?
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