Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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

What you can do

Before your appointment, make a list that includes the following:

  • Signs or symptoms — or any changes from normal— that may be causing concern
  • A record of the frequency and duration of symptoms
  • Recent changes or stresses in your life
  • All medications — including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements — and doses you take
  • A log of typical food and beverage consumption
  • Family history of medical conditions

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will take a history of your symptoms and conduct a general medical examination. Questions that you should be prepared to discuss include the following:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or intermittent?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to bring on or worsen your symptoms?
  • Are you taking medications for high blood pressure? Do you take the medication as prescribed?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions? If so, do you follow the treatment plan for these?
May 02, 2014