If your primary care provider suspects Sheehan's syndrome, you'll likely be referred to a doctor who specializes in hormonal disorders (endocrinologist).
Here's information to help you get ready for your appointment:
What you can do
When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as fasting before having a specific test. Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, even if they seem unrelated to each other, and when they began
- Key personal information, including recent surgical procedures and other major stresses, and your family medical history
- All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
Bring medical records from previous pregnancies, especially those on labor and delivery. Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.
For Sheehan's syndrome, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- Is Sheehan's syndrome temporary, or will I always have it?
- Will I be able to have another child?
- What treatments are available, and what do you recommend?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Are there dietary or activity restrictions I need to follow?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:
- Did you bleed heavily after your delivery?
- Did you have other complications during childbirth?
- Do you have symptoms all the time, or do they come and go?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- Does anything seem to make your symptoms worse?