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:
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- 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?
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